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Overcoming Barriers to Learning in RSE (Richmond)

Event/course Code SFVSS 21/260
Event/course type Training course / Workshop
Event Introduction This webinar explores ways to make RSE teaching accessible to all learners. Exploring the barriers to learning which some learners face, including additional learning needs and disabilities, as well as emotional, social or behavioural difficulties, and different lived experience to their peers.

The webinar is ideal for SENCOs, RSE and PSHE subject leads, senior leaders with subject responsibility, class teachers and support, health or youth staff delivering RSE to learners in mainstream settings, alternate provision, or special schools, where learners academic capability might be impacted by social and emotional needs.

This training offer is being provided by Richmond public health in partnership with the Sex Education Forum as part of our local sexual health strategies.

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Event Content Research shows that people with learning disabilities do not have good or equal access to sex and relationship education or information as those without, yet, they have the same aspirations for loving relationships. Access to appropriate relationships and sex education is equally important, yet information and support is lacking or can be insufficient. Consequently, they are at higher risk of negative sexual experiences, exploitation, contracting sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancies.

While many support workers can be instrumental in supporting those with learning disabilities to build intimate relationships, many also report a lack of guidance on what they can and cannot do or say. Relationships and sex education, both inside and outside of school, therefore, requires adaptation to ensure it is both appropriate and accessible.

When given sufficient and accessible sex and relationships education, many people with a learning disability are able to engage in safe, healthy and happy personal and sexual relationships and having a partner can also replace the potential need for support staff in later life. These training sessions will explore ways professional groups can ensure all children and young people, from the early years and into early adulthood can access age and ability appropriate messages and guidance to build their positive experiences of relationships and sex education.

The training will be led by Rachael Baker, qualified teacher (PGCE Sec, MA Ed), SEND specialist, and senior RSE specialist.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of this session delegates will be able to:

• Consider the differing needs and lived experiences of learners to develop an inclusive programme of study.
• Examine issues such as appropriate resources, different starting points and variable learning needs, guiding you towards creating a robust and sensitive model.
• Explore practical considerations such as how teaching assistant support may be deployed, considerations regarding resources, timetabling and learning environment, as well as ways to use targeted intervention and small group work.
Trainers Various Trainers
Course categories Safeguarding and Child Protection
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0 - 5 yrs Yes 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Tuesday 8 March 202213:00 - 15:00Home Study, N/A, N/A