Tough Cookies Education had the great pleasure of hosting their first SRE Conference in Manchester. And here’s what happened…


‘The speakers were all excellent and relevant to the subject matters, this was a great way of bringing like-minded organisations together.’

Kerry Cabbin, Director at Tough Cookies Education, reminded those who attended, with her welcome talk why we were here and why SRE was back on the agenda, which was celebrated by many in the room;

“We know that sex and relationships education is not currently living up to people’s expectations or standards, there are many reports, studies and surveys we can quote which back up this statement, one third of people describe the sex ed they received as terrible’ only 5% of people said great – we are here to change that.”


Presentations, discussion and workshops were hosted throughout the day by a number of different professionals, organisations and young people.

The Reverend Canon Jean Hurlston began with her sharing’s of faith and SRE, highlighting that both can be delivered hand in hand.

‘It was great to be with people who are willing to change with the times and not stand still to help children and young people’

The BBC Teach team then shared a snapshot of their new class clips and lesson plans which are available online and are free for educators. – Access what they have to offer HERE.


Following this KOGS, BROWN GIRLS DO IT and THE GUARDIAN PROJECT touched upon the topics of CSE, FGM and engaging families and parents who may withdraw their children from SRE.


‘Very helpful and lots of information! It’s also been great to meet other people working on similar topics/areas.’

After lunch, which was very much enjoyed by all. Social Media Influencer Laurie Elle took to the floor to update attendees with knowledge of TIK TOK and online terminology used by teens, followed by a workshop led by the host Tough Cookies that aimed to remind delegates that SRE should be educational but also FUN!


Charlotte Lee, from TMBC shared insight into how Tameside Council are preparing for statutory SRE, with the launch of their whole school curriculum and training for all schools.


And the day ended on a high with leadership coach Rekha Patel Harrison who reminded everyone in the room, that even though it may feel like we have a big task ahead as we prepare for SRE, we can, in fact, do this! and anything else we set our mind to!

Are you planning for statutory SRE? Would you like Tough Cookies Education to host an SRE event or training for your staff team? Contact 

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