Speakers Announced for Manchester Sex and Relationship Education Conference

2020: sex and relationships education, are you ready?

A rich team of insightful and experienced speakers from sex and relationships education and beyond will present at the upcoming sex and relationships education conference in Manchester.

Kerry Cabbin, director at Manchester-based, Tough Cookies Education said; ‘ We are really excited to be bringing together these fantastic people to present and host workshops. All of our speakers are based and work in the North West and have a real understanding of the area, and our children and young people. They will use this platform to share insight into what works when delivering SRE and to inform and share their knowledge and ideas.’

Meet the Speakers

Charlotte Lee – Preparations for statutory SRE in Tameside

Charlotte Lee has worked in the Population Health Team at Tameside Council for the past 5 years with a focused role on children, young people and families. She is passionate about her work and enjoys working with partners to improve outcomes for children and young people, enabling them to be healthy and happy adults. She works on a range of programmes from breastfeeding to employability skills and is committed to supporting schools in embedding a whole school approach to health and wellbeing.

Charlotte will host one of the workshops ‘ Preparations for statutory SRE in Tameside ‘ Delegates should expect to gain an understanding of the process a local authority took in enabling and supporting local schools to be prepared for statutory health education and relationships and sex education in 2020.

The Reverend Canon Jean Hurlston B.Ed. (Hons) MA – Let’s not talk sex OR religion!

HeadshotTwo controversial areas of debate are brought together in conversation…just as they are in life. We need to talk! Jean trained as a teacher specialising in RE and worked as a tutor in Ashton Sixth Form College, before specialising in chaplaincy. She continues her employment at the college leading the multi-faith chaplaincy and in addition supports chaplaincy teams at Manchester Airport and also Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT, where she is based at the hospital in Ashton under Lyne. She is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Salford researching the field of community chaplaincy. Jean is a Church of England Priest, Borough Dean of Oldham and as a volunteer coordinates the work of Oldham Street Angels, a community group supporting people within the night time economy. Jean adds that she is also privileged to hold the important roles of wife, mother and grandma.

Rekha Patel-Harrison – Confidence to teach SRE

REKStrategic leader Rekha Patel Harrison has worked with communities for almost 30 years. Previously managing young people’s sexual health services. Rekha is a Master Practitioner in NLP and will host a workshop on teacher confidence and SRE. To build confidence to teach about sex and relationships we often have to reflect on our own experience, Rekha’s exciting workshop will give ‘An insight into your map of the world – sexual health in 2020,….. to that first talk with mum and dad……. and everything in-between?’


Laurie Elle – Digital Teens

LaurieLaurie Elle grew up and lives in Manchester, she is a typical teen who has been online for as long as she can remember. She has built a career as a social media influencer and has received over 33 million hearts on popular app ‘tic toc’ she boasts over 2 million followers and 46k people click through her Instagram. She said

‘Teenagers live in a world dominated by technology, and this has dramatically changed the way we socialise and form relationships. Teens are increasingly sharing personal information on the internet, a trend that is likely driven by the changing attitudes and norms around sharing online, 91% of young people post selfies!

Laurie Elle’s presentation will introduce you to the apps and games which are popular amongst teens sharing with you why they find them fun, as well as highlighting the dangers.

Alicia Evans and Iqra Choudhry – Brown Girls Do It

Brown Girls Do It is a Manchester-based podcast which tackles taboo topics around the themes of race and feminism. In our workshop, we will use our experiences of learning and teaching Sex Ed in schools to talk about issues surround race, ethnicity, culture and SRE.

Hayley Harewood – Keeping Our Girls Safe

kogs-final-logoKeeping Our Girls Safe (KOGS) works with children and young people to educate about unhealthy relationships, child sexual exploitation (CSE), grooming and risks; to empower them to have confidence and self-esteem; and Inspire them to make positive life choices.

Kerry Cabbin – Consent and Pizza!


Around 99% of the children and young people we have taught have never discussed consent and so the SRE lessons we provide as teachers, educators, youth workers will be one of the most important lessons we share. Tough Cookies Education has delivered over 500 consent workshops for teens and regardless of where we are Manchester, Tameside, Essex or London; when we talk to young people about consent, it’s the same questions that are always asked – Who should ask? When are you supposed to say something? Isn’t speaking about it just weird? What if we are both drunk and do you really need consent to kiss someone? Talking about consent can be an awkward ask for teens, so how can we help teenagers understand and develop their skills for consent? …with consent and pizza! Attend our workshop to find out more.

Conference ticket prices cost only £99 in the early bird offer *available until 31st December 2018 and £135 thereafter.

SRE Conference ticket price also includes;

  • Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival
  • A 2-course hot buffet lunch with fruit juices (lunch menu will include options for vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free diets)
  • Afternoon cookies

Want to get involved? or become an event sponsor, exhibit your brand at our conference? Please get in touch to discuss available packages. 

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