Sex and Relationships Education Conference 2019. We have the opportunity to change lives.


TOUGH COOKIES EDUCATION Director, Kerry Cabbin said: ‘With the introduction of statutory relationships and sex education on the curriculum, educators will have the space and time in school where children and young people can learn about and develop these important life skills.

‘The updated draft guidance which includes teaching about consent and online safety also directs the curriculum to be inclusive to all, this could be a really powerful tool which gives teachers and educators the opportunity to change young peoples lives.

‘In preparation for the changes, which will come into effect this year, and will be made statutory from 2020. We are bringing together people who will have this opportunity to power and shape the future of SRE at our first ever conference, to be held in Manchester this February. We will share ideas, discuss any reservations, address worries, and inspire the planning. We want to bring people together to ensure there is a positive impact and that we are ready’.

With space for 60 delegates to attend and take part in workshops and presentations, provided by a variety of locally based organisations and key professionals. Tough Cookies Education says it aims to build upon a North West community of SRE organisations and practitioners. ‘Further to the conference, we want to continue to bring people together from the North West to explore key questions around sex and relationships education, parental engagement, curriculum planning, developing new resources and collaboration with young people.’

Church of England Priest and Borough Dean of Oldham, Reverend Canon Jean Hurlston, will present at the conference. Her presentation ‘Let’s not talk sex OR religion!’ aims to bring together two controversial areas of debate in conversation…just as they are in life.  Leadership coach Rekha Patel Harrison will also host a workshop for attendees which explores the confidence required to teach SRE, alongside presentations and workshops from BBC Teach, Tough Cookies Education and some amazing local young people.

The conference programme shares an up to date insight into aspects of SRE such as the teaching of consent, young people and their digital lives and keeping children and young people safe, it also has a focus on sharing curriculum and lesson resources and inspiring new ideas.

Tough Cookies Education sex and relationships education conference is being held on Monday 11th Feb 2019 at The Hive, Manchester. Ticket prices are £135 *Ticket price includes all refreshments and 2-course hot lunch.

Further information and tickets for the conference information can be found at

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