Working with Schools:

I am a PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education Consultant based in Rome, Italy. A qualified primary school teacher who has been coordinating and delivering PSHE and RS(H)E for 20 years to 4-18 year olds, I am in a unique position to train teachers and trainee teachers with the full understanding of the challenges they face in the classroom. Experienced in the implementation of the RSE curriculum in state, private and international settings, I can offer advice on policy writing, resources, communication with parents and coordination of these subjects.

I offer:
-support in implementing or tailor-making a comprehensive RSE programme across primary and secondary schools and universities
-advice on policy writing
-advice on communicating with parents
-training of class teachers and coordinators
All of which can be delivered online.
Help your teachers to become confident in delivering this vital subject and raise the social, emotional, mental and physical health of your students.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
-BA (Hons) Primary Education
-SecED and HTU conference “Relationships,Sex and Health Education: Supporting Pupils’ Well Being”
(08.01.21)
-ESTEEM ACET Level 4 Accreditation in Relationships and Sex Education (4 day course UK 06.12.19)
-EduCare certification in Child Protection for International Schools Level 2 (24.05.18)
-The Christopher Winter Project, “Teaching SRE with confidence” (04.02.15)
-Presented on ‘The implementation of RSE across a Junior and Senior School’ at RISA conference (Rome
International Schools’ Association (12.03.16)

-Presenting at ResearchEd conference Rome May 2023

-Hosted webinar for COBIS “The importance of teaching a broad and inclusive RSHE curriculum” (5.09.23)

-Certificate in Counselling Skills (Mary Ward Centre)

-20 years teaching RSE to primary school children & 7 years teaching EYS-Year 11

I also offer self-paced digital courses for schools and teachers so that you are free to watch, train and learn at a time that is convenient for you. Contact me directly so that I can tailor-make a programme for you!

 

Testimonials:

Emma Navin, Head at St George’s British International School, Rome, Italy

 

Alison Snow, Head Nurse, International School of Basel:
“I wanted to organize a session for my team of school nurses looking at sexual health. After looking at a number of providers, I chose Vicky due to her excellent resources and Instagram page and also I felt that as she worked in an International School, she would understand our needs better. Her pre-prepared videos were excellent and very informative and covered a range of topics including puberty, contraception, teaching SEN students and so on. We followed up with a live session on Zoom and asked questions pertaining to the topics previously covered. We found Vicky to be brilliant, so knowledgeable and passionate about her subject it was contagious. She provided us with plenty of resources to take away. We will definitely use Vicky again and can’t recommend her enough.”
Viviane Mingazzini, Senior School Principal, Marymount International School, Rome, Italy:

“Today, our students and Advisors  had the privilege of attending an ATL presentation by Vicky Walsh on managing risks for adolescents, and I must say, it was enlightening and incredibly valuable. Vicky’s expertise and passion for the topic shone through as she delivered a comprehensive overview of the challenges adolescents face and practical strategies to mitigate risks.

Vicky began by outlining the myriad of risks that we encounter in today’s complex world, the scenarios ranged from walking alone in a park to partying with strangers. She emphasized the importance of understanding the developmental stage of the teen brain and how it shapes risk-taking behaviors.

Moreover, Vicky provided concrete examples and actionable tips for students in order to support them in making informed decisions and navigating risky situations. From setting clear boundaries to promoting healthy coping mechanisms, her insights were practical and applicable. The presentation underscored the crucial role we all play in supporting adolescents through their journey to adulthood and equipping them with the tools to thrive in an increasingly complex world. Thank you, Vicky, for your insights and contributions!”

Caroline Humphreys, Year 5 Teacher, The New School, Rome, Italy:
“Thank you for a very interesting and informative afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially the team activities and the props you used to explain the different aspects of puberty.”
Amanda Mallia, Student & Family Support Coordinator, Northlands International School Rome, Italy:

“I am a Primary school teacher at a bilingual school in Rome, and attended a workshop in June 2023 organized for some of our teachers on setting up PSHE and SED at our school, from Early Learning through Middle School. Besides thoroughly enjoying Vicky’s straightforward and pleasant approach to both topics, we came away with lots of very useful resources, also aimed at the Italian students in our classes. I appreciated her working with us to implement a tailor-made program that would cover essential topics to insert into our busy timetable and also include them within our Circle Time and existing lessons, such as Science, PE, English Lit, History and Geography, and Media studies. Last but not least, Vicky shares her experience and knowledge by creating a setting where there is constant dialogue with the participants; and this reflects the way she teaches in class:  I was lucky enough to be invited to an open lesson of hers on SED with a group of 10 year olds in an International School where her approach was truly inspiring. I highly recommend her workshops!”

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Working with Universities:

I offer training to trainee teachers on Relationships, Sex, Health Education and talks to students on sexual health. I also work directly with students at events, speaking on panels and delivering workshops on all areas of healthy relationships, reproductive health and sex education.
Write to me to book a slot! I can travel to your university or join you online to answer all of your students’ sexual health and relationship questions!
Charlotte Ross, Lecturer PGCE Secondary Education, University of Worcester:
“Vicky is an engaging and knowledgeable guest speaker. Her experience across education shines through in the presentation. The ideas and ‘tips for teachers’ and thoughtful and creative and well supplemented by signposting to external support.”
Feedback from students at John Cabot University, Rome:
“I thought it was very well structured and engaging – a good mix of facts, stats and information. The TSS facts put me at ease!”-student 20 years old

“The workshop exceeded my expectations. I liked the little history bits behind each menstrual product. I shall take a look at the suggested readings. Thank you so much for coming and sharing this valuable in information.” -student 28 years old
“ I loved the openness and clarity and inclusivity with the language… also, the pictures!”

“ I think Vicky is really knowledgeable and her workshop is already perfect. It’s really interactive. It exceeded my expectations and I will pay more attention to the products I’m about to purchase, to make sure they are eco-friendly.”

“The menstrual cup demonstration was really valuable, I was so scared, but now I think it’s totally doable. Thank you also for debunking mTSS myths.”

“ I loved how open and friendly the whole environment was. The visual demonstrations were lovely as well. Exceeded my expectations because the speaker was very friendly, thorough in her explanations and overall lovely. I loved your presence and your energy.”