Delegates attending Countdown to statutory RSE - getting it right for disabled children and those with SEN can choose 3 options from a selection of high quality workshops. Descriptions are provided below.
'Our top activities to inspire fun and effective RSE for pupils with SEND'
Lesley Kerr-Edwards and Sarah Duignan, Image in Action
Demonstrating a menu of different activities, and facilitated by experts in RSE for pupils with SEND, this workshop will add to your toolkit for effective RSE practice with methods that can be adapted and applied across different aspects of the RSE curriculum, including teaching about body parts and life cycle, public and private, assertion, consent, safety, relationships.
Audience / SEND type: SLD, MLD and ASD pupils and more focused on upper primary plus
'See it, Say it Sort it - working with young people with learning disabilities around puberty and adolescence '
Matthew Riley, Oak Field School and Sports College
The workshop will focus on prophylactic education - preparing young people for the many changes they will encounter physically and emotionally. What the content of the education needs to encompass and how to work with parents and families to support their youngster through this period of their life. There will be an opportunity to look at curriculum and resources and practical ways to deliver education in this important part of a young person's life.
Audience / SEND type: Our talk is aimed at those working with students who have moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities.
'Using cloth dolls and models in RSE'
Rev Jane Fraser, Bodysene
Jane will demonstrate the use of anatomically correct cloth models within the RSE curriculum as a resource for giving factual information and assisting in teaching social skills, protective behaviours and sexual health competencies (including information about FGM). It will be relevant to classroom work , one-to-one counselling and parents. ‘
Audience / SEND type: Relevant to MMLD
'Making learning safe and interactive'
Paul Bray, INSIGHT Training and Support
The interactive session will be based on a ‘team quiz’ with some questions and ‘tasks’ relevant to our learners and some directed at delegates. Themes will include ‘Public/Private’ (both environmental and our bodies) ‘Growing and Changing’ (time-lines) Gender Identification (or not) with the overarching theme of ‘RSE is Safeguarding’. The session aims to demonstrate alternative ways of starting RSE ‘conversations’ in ways that engage our learners, and give a little structure and confidence to our colleagues.
Audience / SEND type: Workshops will be relevant for educators working with MLD, ASD & SLD
'Masturbation: working with people with learning disabilities'
Claire Lightley, fpa
In response to FPA’s many requests for additional support for young people and adults with learning disabilities around masturbation we have developed a new one-day training course. This workshop is a little snippet from the course where we will look good practice responses to intimate self-touch and masturbation and exploring ways of supporting clients to masturbate effectively. We will also discuss school policies and guidelines around this sensitive area of work.
Audience / SEND type: Relevant to all types of learning disability
'Sexual health, learning from case studies'
Dr Eleanor Draeger, Sex Education Forum
Using real-life (anonymised) case studies from the sexual health clinic, Dr Eleanor Draeger explores some of the issues that can arise when children and young people with SEND become sexually active, ranging from condom use and consent, to expectations about relationships, sex and bodily functions. This interactive workshop will encourage participants to share their own knowledge and experience and discuss a range of timely actions that can be taken, to support young people with SEND as they are growing up.
Audience / SEND type: Aimed at those supporting young people with mild and moderate learning difficulties (MLD)
Parents and schools working together
Kate E Reynolds and Lucy Emmerson
Find out what the new Government RSE guidance says about involving parents, then work with other delegates to share current practice and identify both the challenges and opportunities for parents and schools to work together to meet the RSE needs of children with SEND. Group work produced during the workshop will be written up and shared.
Audience / SEND type: All