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Young Merton Together

Merton schools’ PSHE network

The Merton PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) Network, established in July 2018, is a collective of Merton primary and secondary PSHE leads, as well as borough staff, that meet to support the delivery of high quality PSHE in all schools.

The network was established with a view to support staff with current training needs, sharing of resources and best practice, problem solving, responses to local and national initiatives and opportunities for PSHE education. Staff who attend frequently comment on the value of engaging with other leaders, as well as providing opportunities for partnership work between schools.

To date, the network has been successful in: providing opportunities for secondary school student leaders of LGBTQ+ education to deliver workshops in local primary schools; cross-phase strategy sharing by student ambassadors for mental health; showcasing services, available locally and nationally to schools and young people, that have been commissioned by the borough such as Loudmouth Education and Training, Spectra and Free2B; and sharing training from the DfE and PSHE Association on implementing policy changes.

As a result of the network’s think-tank style discussions, training on RSE (relationships and sex education) policy writing has been provided by the borough, with RSE remaining the primary focus of the network in preparation for statutory RSE from September 2020.

This network seeks to continue to support the collaboration of primary and secondary schools to ensure high quality provision for the personal development of all young people in Merton. The network also provides a great professional development opportunity for staff to get together and collaborate with colleagues in the same area of leadership.

The network meets at Rutlish School once per term, and is led by Rebecca Doherty. All PSHE leads from primary, secondary and alternative settings are welcome, as well as organisations that are looking to connect with schools. 

Upcoming meeting dates: 

  • 4 March 2020 2.30pm-4pm
  • 17 June 2020 2.30pm-4pm

For more information and to book a place on at the network meeting please email:  


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