News and events
Japan Council of International Schools
Implementing Comprehensive Sexuality Education through the lens of Child Protection: Workshop, ISSH, Tokyo, 29-30 November 2019
Delivered in collaboration between Susie March Consulting and JCIS and hosted by the International School of the Sacred Heart, the workshop’s objective is to implement and enhance Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). The two-day training course is open to member schools of the Japan Council of International Schools.
The course is designed for pastoral leads, teachers, school nurses and school counselors who have leadership roles in CSE, Pastoral Care, Health Education and Child Protection and will develop the core knowledge and skills needed for a school’s CSE programme.
Susie March is a member of the speaker team at the CIS Child Protection workshops for Implementing New Accreditation Standards for Child Protection. Registration details are on CIS's website
Susie co-presents, with Dr Jordan Greenbaum, the Deep Dive Workshop for Educators, Counsellors, Nurses and those responsible for the design and delivery of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Student Well-being.
A comprehensive overview to ensure school communities possess knowledge and understanding of the signs and risks of child abuse. Participants developed an understanding and common interpretation of the new Accreditation Standards to support the development of effective policies and practice and discuss the challenges facing school communities as they strive to interpret various cultural attitudes and actions in addressing forms of abuse.
Deep Dive Workshop
Sessions that build upon the professional learning in the Foundation Workshop. Sessions run for school leaders, counsellors and educators.
Child Protection Foundation Workshop | Bilbao
18 - 19 November 2019
Child Protection Foundation Workshop | The Hague
29 - 30 January 2020
Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop | The Hague
31 January - 1 February 2020
Child Protection Foundation Workshop | Bogotá
22 & 23 February 2020
Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop | Bogotá
24 & 25 February 2020
Child Protection Foundation Workshop | Vietnam
30 April - 1 May 2020
Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop | Vietnam
2 - 3 May 2020
2019 International School Counselor Association Annual Conference: Keynote and workshops
"Counselors: The Heart of the School", 14-16 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium
School counselors are the heart of the school. The International School Counselor Association (ISCA) support and enhance the educational achievement of students through the delivery of curriculum, focused on student wellbeing. This year’s conference will focus on building our capacity to lead and advocate in these areas.
To support ISCA's efforts in providing programs that address the wellbeing of the whole child, they have invited Susie March to be their keynote speaker. During the conference Susie and Yoan Tranholm Reed, will be presenting and running workshops on..
How to introduce a comprehensive sexual education program in your school
Experiential teaching methods and creating a safe teaching environment
Values and attitudes towards Comprehensive Sexual Education
Aligning the standards of CSE, ISCA and Council of International Schools Accreditation
Parental engagement, a whole school approach
Media and other news
Susie March Visits Khartoum International Community School in Sudan - February, 2018
"Visiting CIS consultant, Susie March spent 3 days with the members of the KICS community last week. She met at length with the Child Protection Team on her first day before delivering two excellent presentations to parents on the 7th. Both presentations referred to the value of a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum as a prerequisite in guiding our young to face potential life skill challenges that include moral, ethical choices and decisions. Her underlying theme was how the digital world shapes our communication, social interactions and behaviours and how the adults need to catch up with its pace and the threats posed.
She led classes with students in Years 6/8/9/11/12/13 on various topics ranging from proactive safeguarding to sexual violence; all at appropriate developmental levels. The sessions were interactive and students were engaged and learning in a fun way. Students learned how to set personal boundaries and deal effectively with unwanted situations. Others were given a clear understanding of the semantics of CSE; most took away something in the way of knowledge, skills, values or attitudes needed to make informed choices about and for themselves.
On the PD day, Susie led a thought-provoking exercise with all staff on the Code of Conduct followed by a sobering session with Secondary staff on highly sensitive topics that can impact our young adults as they manoeuver through the social highway of adolescence.
Finally, Susie was able to share some insights into developing a solid CSE curriculum for KICS, advising on how we need to tailor it specifically to meet the unique blend of needs of our students and keep it culturally embedded for our special community."
Susie March in The IB Community Blog
"A child protection policy is as important as English and mathematics lessons”
21st July, 2016, in Thought Leadership
An integral part of a school’s child protection programme is sex and relationship education (SRE), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Susie March, from Susie March Consulting, strongly agrees. She works with IB World Schools to develop SRE programmes, armouring students with relevant and up-to-date information that helps protect them from modern-day threats such as cyber bullying, online grooming and sexting, as well as sexual abuse by peers or those in a position of trust...
Up Close & Personal With: Susie March Sex & Relationship Specialist
June-July, 2016, Leadership Connector newsletter
What made you want to work in the international education area of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Child Protection? "I began to move into a health promotion whilst in my role as a nurse working in sexual health, women's health and family planning. When my family moved from the UK to Germany my children attended the Munich International School. Initially I volunteered to assist with the delivery of certain aspects of the Health and Social studies program to middle school students. There was a clear need to develop the program, whilst this took place, the school assisted me to learn effective pedagogical practices. From those small beginnings, I have branched out to other schools within Europe. Over the years, the approach to SRE and Child protection has evolved. Previously the information was very scientific but now it's much more focused on relationships and how people interact. Science doesn't drive it anymore."
Working with the Council of International School's working party on International Child Protection, Susie collaborated to create a research paper focusing on implementing an effective child protection programme through sex and relationship education.
October, 2015, Spotlight newsletter.
Throughout the world, mainstream media messages containing sexualised images via television, web, mobile phones or pop videos are bombarding children and young people. At the same time, evidence of institutionalised sexual abuse and the growing sexualisation of children themselves has become a constant. In order to address this appalling trend, there has to be social change. We have a responsibility, as members of the international school community, to protect our children; to do this we require support from all stakeholders – schools, faculty, parents and, most importantly, our students.
There is a clear need to scale up a standards-driven, fully integrated, SRE programme which provides our students with relevant and up-to-date information to help them protect themselves in the modern world. This article discusses the challenges, the changes needed and how effective SRE should be delivered: at its best, a close partnership between parents, SRE professionals and a motivated, well- trained, faculty.