Webinar VI

Webinar VI: Faith Sensitive Relationship & Sex Education

How to handle conversations with pupils and parents

Thursday 26th February 2015 | 4:00pm–4:45pm (45 minutes)

Last week saw the publication of the Parliamentary Education Select Committee report into Sex and Relationship education (SRE), which advocated for SRE to be renamed ‘Relationship and Sex Education’ (RSE) to emphasis the relationship elements of the subject, alongside it being given statutory status in both primary and secondary schools. This webinar explores how teachers and schools can approach RSE in faith sensitive ways given the growing cultural and religious diversity of their pupils and school communities.

Additionally, in an environment where there is growing support among teachers and youth practitioners for enhanced approaches to RSE in schools so that young people are safeguarded from abuse and their well being supported, focus has also centered on how to raise the quality of teaching in this area.

Consequently, this webinar will:

  • Explore the law and best practice around faith sensitive relationship and sex education in schools;
  • Consider the pitfalls and risks of leading faith sensitive RSE in schools;
  • Explore how best to facilitate discussions around faith sensitive RSE.


Claire Clinton, Religious Education Advisor

Claire Clinton is an experienced teacher within EYFS, Primary and Secondary education. She has over 20 years of classroom experience, and 16 years of advisory work at a national and local level. Claire is presently the Religious Education Advisor for the London Borough of Newham for six years prior to which she was a RE consultant for the London Borough of Redbridge and Essex County Council.

Jo Sell, RSE Specialist

Jo Sell has been a specialist teacher of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for 8 years, building on her 25 years teaching experience delivering mostly life skills and PSHE. Presentally, she is researching faith sensitive delivery of RSE with the Institute of Education at University College London.

Additionally, she manages the ‘REALationships Education Team’ at the Alternatives Trust East London. She also manages the ‘Faith, Relationships and Young People’s’ website, fryp.org.uk, the critically acclaimed relationship website for young people of faith.

You can view the webinar here.