Advanced Certificate in the Role of a RSHE/PSHE Lead (2021-22)

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Advanced Certificate in the Role of a RSHE/PSHE Lead (2021-22)

Course Duration: 3h (approx) online training + self-directed learning and activities + final assessment. 

It is a statutory requirement for all schools to have a comprehensive RSHE curriculum in place. This falls in line with Ofsted expectations following their review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges, who call for ‘high-quality training for teachers delivering RSHE’ and evidenced the benefits of employing a dedicated RSHE lead.

This Essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand your statutory RSHE requirements and drive local implementation in your school. Split into bite-sized modules, the training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and most time-efficient manner. It has been produced in high-quality remote video CPD format which is accessible on any device, any time, anywhere.

Developed by John Rees, a teacher, trainer, and consultant, the course is split into eight modules and encourages audience interaction to support and embed learning. There is a knowledge assessment at the end to help you evidence course completion.

Designed in line with the following policies:

  • Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education 2020
  • Keeping children safe in education 2021
  • School inspection handbook 2021

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the statutory RSHE requirements and the rationale for teaching PSHE.
  • Recognising how RSHE/PSHE leads can drive local implementation and engage parents and stakeholders.
  • Exploring appropriate leadership styles and how to approach RSHE/PSHE implementation.
  • Identifying the local and national context around RSHE/PSHE and how it can link into and support other curriculum areas.
  • Understanding the relevant legislation and the responsibilities of the RSHE/PSHE lead.

Course Units


This Essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand your statutory RSHE requirements and drive local implementation in your school.

Module 1: The RSHE curriculum

Module one will explore what the DfE expects from the statutory RSHE curriculum and its links to personal development, improving physical and mental health, anti-racism, sexual violence and harassment, and improving pupils’ attainment.

Module 2: Understanding the policies

In this module, you will address the national policy and guidance that supports RSHE and PSHE in order to better understand how to better develop your own policies.

Module 3: Statutory responsibilities

In module three, you will consider the statutory components of RSHE and how it links to the wider framework of PSHE. You will also look at how to adapt the guidance for local needs.

Module 4: Resources for primary

In this module, you will explore good practice and parental engagement in primary settings. You will also look into what constitutes health and sex education.

Module 5: Resources for secondary

Module 5 will consider intimate sexual relationships and sexual health and explores what good practice looks like in secondary schools.

Module 6: Leadership

Module six reflects on the advantages and disadvantages of various leadership styles and explores how to effectively implement change in your setting.

Module 7: Assessment, evaluation, and monitoring

In module seven you will explore aspects of the assessment stage and consider what you are going to assess, how to record learning, the role and purpose of evaluation and what the DfE guidance states.

Module 8: Next steps

This module will ask the question ‘what next?’. You will be given a comprehensive list of resources to help you create a plan of action for your setting.

John Rees

About The Expert

John Rees

RSHE subject matter expert with over 25 years educational leadership experience
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