PEP Bulletin w/c 4 March 2019

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PEP Bulletin

4 March 2019


Welcome to the new weekly edition of the PEP Bulletin which will be issued once a week, every Monday, during term time.

Early years                    

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Booking early years training

To enable you to book Portsmouth Early Years training, please ensure you have 'purchased' the universal offer on the Portsmouth Service Network website. This is free of charge to you, however, it must be purchased by you in order for the system to recognise you as a Portsmouth school and to enable you to book onto training and access resources. We are not authorised to do this for you.

Log in here If you have any log in or password queries, please email

  • Click on 'services' at the top blue bar
  • Click 'buy now' in green on the right hand side of the screen
  • Go to the sixth orange drop down box 'Early Years and Childcare' and click
  • Select ' Our Universal centrally funded offer' (this is the first option at the top)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'add to basket'
  • Once added, go to your basket at the top, click, tick the t&c's and check out

Calling all breakfast, after school. holiday clubs and childminders!

Over 5's practitioners meeting - Spring Term 2019
Wednesday 3 April 2019 6.30 - 8.30 pm

FREE of charge

Lots of recent relevant updates and a workshop focusing on 'Celebrating difference and challenge gender stereotypes.'.

Book your places now on the Portsmouth services network website or email

Early Years Training - March

Eager to Write (YEAR R Teachers only)             13/3/19        1:00pm-3:30pm                             Delving into Sustained Shared Thinking              26/3/19        6:30pm-8:30pm

Book your places now on the Portsmouth services network website enquiries to

Seminar on alternative ways to teach reading

Date: Monday 25th March 2019
Presented by Victoria Devonshire - University of Portsmouth
Time: 10am -12 noon
Venue: Conference Room A, Civic Offices

Did you know that only 56% of words can be spelt using phonic rules? How do we support children to spell the remaining words? This seminar will explore the elements of phonology, morphology, etymology and form rules to support our understanding of how children learn to read.

Audience: For experienced Early Years Practitioners and Year R teachers

Early Years Bulletins

Available to view here

Leadership, recruitment and retention                                     

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DfE funded CPD programme for early career teachers

The DFE have asked us to highlight that Portsmouth early career teachers are eligible to participate in Accelerate, a new professional development programme tailor-made for those in the first five years of their teaching career. The FREE programme will provide teachers with the tools and support they need to fast-track their teaching skills. It is designed to help improve pupil attainment and keep talented teachers within the profession and aligns with the new Government Recruitment and Retention Strategy.

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on first come first served basis after eligibility. Applications close on 31 March 2019. Find out more and register at

Accelerate is also looking for partner schools to support the programme by offering classroom teachers to provide coaching. The teacher coaches will receive two days' training, and the schools will be remunerated for the coaches' time. Again, further information is on the website.

Teaching Leaders

Ambition School Leadership are working in collaboration with the Portsmouth Education Partnership and key stakeholders across the region. Together we are hoping to create a cohort of 20 Portsmouth leaders who will join a national cohort of 500 middle leaders across the country.

Teaching Leaders is a fully-funded programme for high-potential middle leaders working in schools in challenging contexts. With a new focus on improving the quality of teaching, this programme provides participants with the instructional leadership skills to lead on curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. As the only middle leadership development programme in England that has been independently shown to have an impact on pupil outcomes, it transforms middle leaders to drive school-wide improvement. All delivery is out of school hours.

The programme operates on a first come first served basis and is already 70% full for 2019/2020. If interested please put names forward as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please submit to by 1 April 2019.

To find out more about the programme please see the attached flyer and visit the website here.

School improvement   

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Ofsted Inspection - Victory Primary School

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Well done to Victory Primary School who continue to be Good after a short Ofsted inspection on 7 February 2019.

Inspectors confirmed 'The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection.  You have continued to provide effective leadership to the school and further strengthened the work of senior leaders'.


Curriculum and CPD                

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PTSA : NQT Spring Term Workshop / Courses / Train to Teach

The second of the NQT Spring Term Workshops takes place on Thursday 14th March and looks at Assessment for Learning and Differentiation.  Both am and pm sessions are available.  Please see the attached poster for further details.  All bookings as usual are via the PTSA website:

For other courses offered by Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance see here

Train to Teach events event 27 March 2019.

Increasing accessibility and fostering inclusive classrooms

An edWebinar on 26 March 2019 3 - 4 pm to discuss what inclusive classrooms and employing accessibility look like from the standpoint of reading, writing, math and communication. The presenters will be sharing examples from Microsoft Education’s free accessibility suite of tools and including the stories of teachers who have worked with students of all abilities in an inclusive classroom setting.

Further details / to register

One World Litter Picking Poster Competition

In support of the Great British Spring Clean, Portsmouth City Council and the Portsmouth Music Hub are working together to raise awareness about litter picking.  

Portsmouth Music Hub invite you to design a poster encouraging people to pick up rubbish and put it in a bin.  

Closing Date : 22 March 2019

Details / Poster 

Emotional health & wellbeing                                    

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Historic announcement on LGBT inclusion in England's schools

This afternoon, the Government published the final draft guidance for teaching Relationships Education in primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools.

From September 2020 onwards, all primary schools in England will be required to teach about different families, which can include LGBT families. And at secondary level, all schools in England will be required to teach about sexual orientation and gender identity.  This teaching is hugely important. In primary schools, teaching about LGBT families ensures that children from LGBT families see themselves reflected in what they learn. It also helps all young people grow up knowing that there’s absolutely nothing wrong or unusual about being LGBT – helping to prevent the anti-LGBT bullying that remains widespread in our schools. And through building on this work at secondary level, schools can help all young people, including LGBT young people, make informed decisions, have healthy relationships and grow up feeling proud of who they are. 

By highlighting the need for LGBT-inclusive teaching, this guidance has the potential to drive forward a step-change in the way LGBT people and relationships are taught about in every school in England. 

Looking ahead, building on the good practice of the schools and local authorities we work with across the country, we hope to see LGBT inclusion strengthened further when the guidance is next updated in 2022. 

More than thirty years on from the introduction from Section 28, today’s announcement shows just how far we’ve come. It stands as a testament to the work of our founders, who set up Stonewall in response to that damaging piece of legislation which made LGBT people invisible in our classrooms for so many years. It stands as a testament to the tireless work of schools, local authorities and third sector organisations who have spent the last three decades campaigning for compulsory Relationships and Sex Education, and to the Government, backed by cross-party support, who have introduced it. And it stands as a testament to the efforts of thousands of young people, teachers, local authority officers and parents who called for LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sex Education in the recent consultation on the guidance. 

Is domestic violence impacting your students? What can you do?

Up2U: Armed Forces is a new, innovative voluntary programme funded by the Armed Forces Covenant, for Service Personnel and their partners who use unhealthy or abusive behaviours in their relationships that will be having an impact on their children and family.  

Up2U Armed Forces recognises that people use unhealthy or abusive behaviours for different underlying reasons ranging from emotional deregulation, learned behaviour, poor conflict resolution or reintegration on returning home from deployment which have effects upon the whole family. Therefore Up2U Armed Forces is an assessment led intervention programme responding to individual need, risk and responsivity by offering tailored 1-2-1 packages.

Referrals can be made by Units within the Armed Forces, other professional bodies such as the Police, Social Services, Family Support Workers, Mental Health Team's and also individuals and their partners can self-refer, and then an Up2U Armed Forces worker will arrange to meet with the client as soon as possible to discuss this programme.

This Armed Forces programme currently runs in the South East Hampshire and can be contacted on:-

Phone: 02392 841 502


The MOMO Challenge                                       





Hampshire Police Education Team are highlighting the dangers of an internet ‘suicide-influencing game’ which has come to their attention called 'The MOMO Challenge' which encourages children to harm themselves and is reported to be linked to several deaths around the world and is now appearing across the UK.  They have already sent out an email direct to all schools.

The MOMO Challenge is targeted at children and young people through social media by people presenting as MOMO, a terrifying looking doll.

The doll encourages them to add a contact on messaging service WhatsApp from an unknown number, once contact is made, children are subsequently bombarded with terrifying images and messages reportedly ranging from threats and dares which encourage them to self-harm and even commit suicide.

Although known of in other parts of the world since last year, it appears to be making its way across the UK.

MOMO has been associated to multiple platforms used by children including Youtube, Kidstube, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.

There is a short Youtube video which may be useful for parents and professionals which explains step-by-step how MOMO may contact and communicate with children, with examples of graphics they may receive – please note this is not intended for children to view and adult viewer discretion is advised as the clip shows images of self-harm.

New resources on dealing with change

Public Health England has created new KS3 and KS4 resources to help you discuss change with your students as they transition into adulthood. This includes changes to their bodies, relationships and school lives. These resources will help you equip your students with the skills to protect their body and mind from the stresses that change can bring. There is also a KS2 lesson plan to help students deal with the change from primary to secondary school.

Anti-idling campaign

Anti-idling campaign

Air pollution affects everybody, but children, the elderly and people with heart and lung conditions are more vulnerable to lung damage and disease.

In busy cities like Portsmouth, the main cause of air pollution is traffic. Many of us idle our vehicles - when dropping off children or picking them up, at drive-throughs or waiting to park. We are asking parents, school staff and visitors to switch off their vehicle's engine when stationary, especially when near a school.

We have produced a toolkit and poster to help you support our campaign. If would like to receive these by email

Find out more

FREE event - Children & Young People Suicide Prevention Learning Event

Venue : Aston Villa Football Park, Villa Park, Birmingham
Date : Wednesday 20 March 2019  9.30 am - 4.00 pm

West Midlands Clinical Networks are hosting a FREE awareness and learning event on 20th March 2019 in Birmingham aimed at bringing together ALL relevant stakeholders interested in CYP Suicide prevention including commissioners, providers and frontline staff to improve support offered to young people around this issue and self-harm.

Place are limited.  If interested email Mandy Cocking who will confirm your place as soon as possible.



Conference : Getting relationships & sex education right for disabled children and those with SEN

Friday 29 March 2019 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London

The Sex Education Forum and Council for Disabled Children are counting down to the start of mandatory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) by guiding teachers through the new legislation, and helping schools choose the best resources and teaching approaches to build an inclusive and up-to-date programme that is relevant to pupils' real lives and specifically meets SEND needs.For our 2nd joint conference we bring together an incredible wealth of expertise on RSE and SEND. Professionals, parents and carers are welcomed.

Booking details

Post 16 education and training                          

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National Apprenticeship Week 4 - 8 March 2019

With the support of Stagecoach, Shaping Portsmouth, Portsmouth University, the Southern Universities Network and other partners we will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by taking the Apprenticeship Bus to visit local secondary schools on the 5th and 7th of March.

For further details and times of visits check here.

LA updates

Easier access to payslips for school staff

As part of the EBS self-service project we have been trialling a new facility that will allow school staff to access their payslip, P60 and basic HR details using any internet enabled device (including your own personal devices).

This change will mean that from September 2018 you will be able to access your payslip/P60/HR record from any internet enabled device (e.g. your smartphone, home PC, laptop or tablet). You will also be able to view your previous payslips and P60s online.

In future, your payslip will be available for you to view online on the day before pay day. We will still produce paper payslips in parallel with the new access facility but intend to stop producing printed payslips at the end of March 2019.

Further details on how to access this facility is shown on the links below.

EBS self-service can be accessed via the login page:

Full details of how to login to EBS can be found here.

School Crossing Patrollers

Portsmouth City Council is looking for reliable people who are great with children, to help keep the young people safe when crossing the city's roads.

We are potentially looking for school crossing patrollers for specific schools, and especially relief patrollers to step in as, when and where required.

Working hours are ten per week, two hours per day (typically 8am - 9am, and 3pm - 4pm) during weekdays and term-time only (relief hours are as and when required). A salary of £8.78 - £9.04 per hour is provided for any permanent roles, and £9.82 per hour for relief patrollers, as well as training, equipment and a uniform.

To find out more and apply visit our webpage, call 023 9283 4302 or email


School crossing patrol

School Crossing Patrollers Needed!

Portsmouth City Council is looking for reliable people who are great with children, to help keep the young people safe when crossing the city's roads.

We are potentially looking for school crossing patrollers for specific schools, and especially relief patrollers to step in as, when and where required.

Working hours are ten per week, two hours per day (typically 8am - 9am, and 3pm - 4pm) during weekdays and term-time only (relief hours are as and when required). A salary of £8.78 - £9.04 per hour is provided for any permanent roles, and £9.82 per hour for relief patrollers, as well as training, equipment and a uniform.

To find out more and apply visit our webpage, call 023 9283 4302 or email

School crossing patrol

Multi Agency Behaviour Services (MABS) 2019/20

The Harbour School is planning to convert to Academy status on 1 September 2019. From this date those schools that currently purchase the Multi-Agency Behaviour Service (MABS) through the traded services website will need to purchase the service from the school directly. The traded services team is working closely with the MABS team to ensure a smooth transition. 

The Harbour School will continue to provide a similar MABS service from 1 September 2019, and more details will be published in due course. For any queries please contact Lisa Caine, Deputy Director of Outreach, on or on 023 9266 5664.

Education Information Services School Data Meetings

The next school data meetings organised by Education Information Services will take place towards the end of the Spring term. Aimed at staff responsible for data statutory returns (including headteachers, finance officers, MIS managers or admin officers), the sessions are to raise awareness of forthcoming data collections and to ensure that schools are obtaining best value from the team.

There are 4 possible sessions to attend: either the morning or the afternoon of either Friday 22nd March or Monday 1st April.

For further information, please email: 


Springboard Development Programme for Women

This unique learning and development opportunity is available to women employed by PCC.

The aim of the Springboard programme is to provide women with a significant, practical way to create a better world for themselves and other women by helping them to take more control over their lives. It is suitable for women at any stage of their lives and gives them space and support to:

·       Find out what they value

·       Make decisions and take action based on their core values

DATES: The four workshops will run from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd April, Tuesday 21st May, Tuesday 18th June, and Thursday July 11th.

VENUE: Oasis The Venue, 1 Upper Arundel Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1NP

BOOKINGS: You can book via The Portsmouth Learning Gateway (PLG). When making a booking you commit to attend all 4 workshops. If you have problems accessing the PLG please contact Learning and Development.

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board training dates

Now available for January - July 2019 here


2019/20 Budget Shares & Guidance for Maintained Schools and Academies

The 2019/20 Budget Shares and Guidance for Maintained Schools and Academies is now available on the intranet. The 2019/20 Guidance and Budget Shares for Special Schools, Inclusion Centres and Alternative Provision has also been published.

The 2019/20 Growth Funding consultation document has been sent to schools and responses are due by 25th March. Results from the consultation will be taken to Schools Forum in May 2019.

Links to all the documents above can be found at:

Schools with LA Maintained Nursery Units

Please remember to budget for your maintained Nursery Units on the New xxxxB Cost Centre. (Use a separate scenario in HCSS) All allocations will be coded to the B Cost Centre from April 2019.

Please advise Kim Jones of the staffing related to your Nurseries by 31st March 2019 so these can be moved across in time for April pay run.

Contact : Kim Jones

Virtual School

Governor Training

If you would like any advice, support or guidance regarding governor training please do not hesitate to contact Tina Henley, Head of Virtual School.

Attachment Aware Project

The Attachment Aware Schools Project (AASP) has been running in Portsmouth through the Virtual School since March 2016 and we are now looking for expressions of interest from schools or colleges who would like to join the project in September 2019.

A growing number of children and young people have social, emotional and behavioural needs that go beyond the strategies we have learned through our training and experience. Whilst these children and young people can be hard to reach, they need our greatest nurturing and care. This is particularly prevalent for our looked after children, but is also the case for many other children. Research indicates that an awareness of how to support children and young people’s social and emotional needs and development can promote better learning and health outcomes.

To be part of the project please contact Vicki Reynish or Larissa Cunningham using the contact details below, by 4th June 2019. Please note schools will have to dedicate time on their INSET days for all staff training, this is usually two half days training throughout the year, with the first one being between November and March. This project is fully funded by Pupil Premium and there will not be a cost to schools or colleges to be part of the project.

Vicki Reynish (Deputy Headteacher, Virtual School)

Larissa Cunningham (Educational Psychologist)


News for Schools

The HR news information is located on the human resources google home page and maintained schools and any Academy with an HR Traded Services agreement can access it here.   

Further information can be obtained by contacting HR. 

PEP resources

We've created a section on the PEP website where resources can be hosted and shared. It's password protected and ready to host your resources - the password is PEPMEMBER.

Please forward any resources e.g. policies, templates, curriculum resources, planning documents to indicating which area (s) you would like them uploaded to.

Dates for your diary

National Apprenticeship Week 4 - 8 March 2019
The apprenticeship bus visiting local schools and supermarkets (see article under Post 16 education and training)

Wellbeing in Education Conference
25 March 2019 : Tickets are available via and search Wellbeing

Portsmouth's first Restorative Practice Conference
A City Wide Restorative Conference to be held at Fratton Park on Tuesday the 2nd April 2019 – This ground-breaking event is a major step towards the big vision of a Restorative Portsmouth.
Further information and to book your place visit Eventbrite –  Tickets here

Pension Planning
7 May 2019 10.00 am - 11.30 am : (Book via the PLG)

Portsmouth Careers Apprenticeship Show
15 May 2019 : Portsmouth Football Club
Register your interest

PEP calendar

For dates of all events, network meetings, conferences, training and workshops taking place in Portsmouth, please go to the PEP calendar

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