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Meeting the needs of pupils with SEND - specialist RSE training

2 July 2020

Our range of specialist RSE training supports you with ongoing CPD to meet the needs of pupils with SEND in your setting. Book onto the next available course or commission a bespoke programme or INSET. 


75 minute webinar 'Meeting the needs of pupils with SEND in RSE'. This session identifies key concerns for RSE provision for learners with additional needs, explores how to create a safe learning environment in the SEND RSE classroom and gets participants started in developing differentiated, age-appropriate curriculum for learners with unique needs.

Full course

One-day SEND specialist RSE course offered remotely or face-to-face is for PSHE leads, SENCO, teaching staff and members of the senior leadership team in special schools, and who support learners with additional and unique learning needs in mainstream schools. A full course description is provided below. 

Specialist CPD programme

Our suite of specialist 1-2 hour webinars examing different aspects of RSE and are underpinned by a whole-school approach. Webinar topics include: Consulting with parents and pupils; Personalised learning and the EHC plan; The teaching team; The learning environment; Consent and touch (3 x separate webinars focused on younger learners / older learners / PMLD); Distancing techniques; Creative assessment of RSE; RSE and Preparing for Adulthood outcomes.

This programme is ideal for subject leads and specialist teachers. Select individual sessions from our calendar or commission for your setting. 

SEND inclusive RSE in mainstream settings

A 2 hour webinar for staff supporting and delivering RSE for pupils with SEND in mainstream settings.  See calendar for next available session. 

Special schools INSET: 3-part RSE training for teachers and teaching support staff 

Our new 3-part webinar series is designed with special schools in mind, supporting your whole staff to deliver and support RSE lessons, and to encourage a whole-school culture of positive RSE messages and inclusivity. Responding to schools’ feedback and requests for training to cover a range of staff needs and roles, we offer:

  1. A whole staff training session, for all teaching and support staff to attend, focusing on teacher and staff values around RSE, how to deal with matters that may arise, and exploring the rationale for the curriculum
  2. A Teacher specific training session, exploring key areas such as how to deliver a selection of RSE topics, differentiating for learners’ differing learning needs and capabilities as well as maturity and experience
  3. A follow up session for your teachers, perhaps using some of your in-house lesson plans or schemes of learning, or featuring lesson planning activities, to allow your teachers to put their learning into practice.

This programme can be delivered as 3 after school webinars in your weekly CPD slot, or can be delivered as a whole day INSET with staff coming to the sessions on rotation. Staff will leave with confidence and insight into how to respond to learners’ questions and to RSE related issues arising both in and out of the classroom, as well as example activities that can be used with learners, a list of SEND resources, and activities to use in ongoing CPD with delivering teachers and support staff.

To find out more, or to commission this 3-part series in your school please contact

Course description: One-day SEND specialist RSE course

Participants work individually and in groups to explore the implications of statutory status and identify realistic, achievable goals for their school. The session considers specific challenges faced by learners with special educational needs and disabilities, and supports teachers and staff to create inclusive, accessible and needs-led relationships and sex education.

The course is available remotely or face-to-face. There are opportunities to learn from colleagues, and a full set of course materials made available digitally. The programme for the day begins runs from 9.30am - 3.30 and includes conferencing with the facilitator, specified time for individual activities and a lunch break.  

During the course participants will:

  • Explore the new legislation and what it means for schools, including guidance, Ofsted requirements, and safeguarding
  • Examine ways to facilitate consultation with staff, pupils and parents
  • Identify good practice and understand how to assess, monitor and evaluate teaching and learning in RSE
  • Explore teacher values and specific considerations for RSE in the SEND classroom
  • Increase teacher confidence in developing age appropriate curriculum for learners with SEND in primary and secondary settings, including what to teach and when, and how to answer learners’ questions
  • Examine ways to approach topics such as touch and consent, language and vocabulary, and how to ensure an LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum
  • Create a toolkit for lesson planning, by exploring existing resources and participating in group planning activities
  • Share experiences and best practice with colleagues, and develop your network

This course can be commissioned for your setting - contact for details, or book onto our next course as an individual. 

A list of RSE resources for SEND is available to download for our members, and also provided as part of the training course. 

What participants say:

“I found all of it really useful. Having the statutory requirements explained, looking at ways to put it into practise and meeting other people with similar challenges. I feel really confident.”

“Everything was practical and relaxed with plenty of hands-on activities and the chances to share expertise were great”