PEP Bulletin w/c 11 March 2019

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PEP Bulletin

11 March 2019


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

Leadership, recruitment and retention                                     

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EEF guide for governing boards

The Education Endowment Foundation have published The EEF Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Informed School Governor and Trustee.  

It is designed to offer a quick way into the high-quality evidence the EEF makes freely available, with the aim of promoting better-informed discussion in governing boards about how their school can improve. The guide offers practical next steps and tips for further reading framed around three key questions for governors to ask:     

  • How well are pupils achieving in your school?    
  • How effectively is your school spending its money?     
  • How does your school support effective teaching and learning? It also includes key questions to ask before schools think about buying in a programme plus 4 tips on making the most of your Pupil Premium.

They have also filleted the new EEF guide to highlight 10 top tips that governing boards can put into effect straight away

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.

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.

Accelerate - DfE funded CPD programme for early career teachers

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

School improvement   

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Lyndhurst Junior School

Well done to Lyndhurst Junior School for their 'Good' Ofsted judgement after a recent S5 inspection.  The inspectors commented 'The executive Headteacher provides strong leadership. She is ably supported by effective senior leaders, committed governors and staff'.


St Jude's CofE Primary School

Congratulations to St Jude's Church of England Primary School for their 'Good' Ofsted judgement after a S5 inspection recently. Inspectors said 'Leaders have addressed the areas of improvement from the school's previous inspection effectively.  The good quality of teaching now means pupils make strong progress'.


Schools Like Yours website

FFT Education Datalab have launched a new comparison tool for schools. Schools Like Yours lets people identify similar schools, but allows the user to define what similar means. This could be similar size, pupil/teacher ratios, funding, absence or a combination of all of these factors and many more. It is available for mainstream KS2 and KS4 schools and brings together a wide range of publicly available data.

You can find out more at the Schools Like Yours blogpost or go straight to the tool and start comparing.

Don't forget that access to the FFT's main tool FFT Aspire is included as a part of the Education Information Services SLA. For further information, please email

Curriculum and CPD                

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Portsmouth Primary History Network Meeting & Conference

Network Meeting
20 March 2019 from 13:00 - 15:30 : Training and Learning Centre, The Portsmouth Academy  
At this meeting we will be considering our curriculum Intention and Implementation and Impact in light of the proposals in the draft Ofsted Handbook.  We will examine some elements of this in light of our planned visits and visitors – as well as learn some new practical strategies to ensure we are teaching useful knowledge in relation to the Key Historical process Skills – as per the Ofsted Handbook.  Book via PLG.


Hampshire Primary History Conference : 27 March 2019.  
Key Speaker this year is the BBC History Programme presenter Professor Alice Roberts.


New funding available to support international partner schools visits

Thousands of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds now have the chance to take part in school partnership visits, thanks to a new £2.5 million DFE programme running in partnership with the British Council.

Schools in England can apply for grants to take pupils aged 11 to 19 to visit a school in another country – an opportunity to experience a different culture; in Europe or further afield, improve their language skills and build independence, character and resilience.

The programme will fund over 100 visits for an estimated 2,900 pupils. It is aimed at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and we encourage participation from schools with above-average numbers of pupil premium students.

Young people are encouraged to stay with host families where possible, giving them the best opportunity to practise their language skills and be fully immersed in another culture.

The programme has a simple application process, grants to cover administrative costs, as well as seminars to help schools without much experience of international visits to find partner institutions abroad.

Find out more

Emotional health & wellbeing                                    

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Talking to young people about knife crime

It's Knife Crime Awareness Week (11-17 March) and Hampshire Police are supporting with a variety of activity. If you'd like to support in your school you can find lots of useful information on This includes explaining the risks of carrying a knife to your students and real life stories. The website also has a page for parents which you might want to promote via your school's communication channels for parents.

Autism & neurodiversity understanding

This is a very basic course suitable for anyone who doesn't know much about neuro diversity or autism. It is the same session running 3 times in autism awareness week.  1st  and 2nd April 12.30-13.30 and 5th April 13:00-14:00

This session is open to anyone and is suitable for anyone who works with or interacts with people as part of their role.

Details / book



Autism Awareness Week 1 - 7 April 2019

The National Autistic Society has lots of ideas about how you might wish to get involved and this link takes you to 5 reasons for getting involved!

In response to requests from a number of sources and as part of the Autism/Neurodiversity Strategy we have put together an introductory 1 hour session on Understanding Autism/Neurodiversity which we are launching in Autism Awareness week. It is pitched at staff who work in PCC who make come across CYP and people of all ages who may be neurodiverse. It would also be good for school reception staff, lunch-time supervisors, governors and others in schools and colleges who  may not have a direct role with children and young people. Sign up on the Portsmouth Learning Gateway or email Liz Robinson

If the timings don’t work for your staff please contact me and we'll come to you.


1 April 2019    12.30 to 1.30

2 April 2019     same

5 April 2019     1 to 2pm

We are also holding a market place event in the Menuhin Room in the Central Library on 3rd April 2019. More details on that to follow.

LA updates

Energy saving projects

The energy services team is launching a new round of green energy projects for Portsmouth schools. Two main schemes are offered: the installation of free solar panels; and LED lighting schemes which can be funded through Salix with no upfront costs to the school. Both schemes bring financial savings and environmental benefits and, in the case of the LED lighting scheme, can also improve the learning environment for pupils. To arrange a free no obligation visit to the school to explore what might be possible please contact Emma Slade on 023 9383 4670 or

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Health & Safety Update

The minutes for the quarterly corporate Joint Health Safety and Welfare Forum and associated e-newsletter are now available from the PCC H&S Unit schools website. The minutes and newsletter detail H&S news for the entire PCC family including our partners via traded services.

Are you looking for temporary staff?

Did you know that Portsmouth City Council has an Internal Recruitment Agency? We provide temporary workers for all departments across the council as well as other local authorities and Schools. We specialise the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Cleaning
  • Finance Assistants
  • Caretakers
  • Facilities
  • Gardening
  • PA/ Minute Taking

We have competitive charge rates and provide an efficient and professional service.

For further information or to discuss booking a temporary worker please contact Portsmouth City Council Recruitment Agency

Contact:         Kym Loveitt 02392 83 44 71

School census support from Education Information Services

Thank you so much for your work so far on the Spring School Census.

Sharlotte Hughes will be leaving on the 15th March. For schools with our Service Level Agreement, your school census support will be provided by André Merel and our new team member, Erin Blandford. Those without our Service Level Agreement, please get in touch to discuss how we may support you.

Autumn School Census closing date 13th March 2019
Please ensure that your duplicate pupils are resolved by this date.

Summer School Census Day 16th May 2019
Deadline for initial submissions 23rd May 2019

For further information please call André 02392 841239 or Erin 02392 841078 or email

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.


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:

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

Post 16 Participation Conference
12 March 2019 : 9.30 am - 3.00 pm
PETA, Northarbour Road, Portsmouth : Book here

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

Seminar on alternative ways to teach reading
25 March 2019  10.00 am - 12 noon
Conference Room A, Civic Offices :  Further info

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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