PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 20 May 2019

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PEP Bulletin

w/c 20 May 2019

Early years

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Triple P Primary discussion groups - Summer 2019 - view here

Teen Triple P discussion groups - Summer 2019 - view here

Leadership recruitment and retention

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Teach Portsmouth website and social media now live!

Teach Portsmouth

The new Teach Portsmouth website and associated Facebook and Twitter social media platforms are live. Please look at the website and promote it through your networks, websites and social media. Like and follow our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, retweet us, use the hashtag #TeachPortsmouth.

This collaborative approach will help us get started as we move towards the first Teach Portsmouth recruitment campaign. If you want us to share relevant good news stories or what you are doing which would encourage teachers/potential teachers or job vacancies, please email or contact us through our social media. We are keen to keen the website and social media current, lively and dynamic!   

Teach Portsmouth

Save the date : Seminar on reducing agency costs

Monday 17 June 10.00 - 11.30 am

Seminar on reducing agency costs, for business managers and head teachers.
More details to follow after half term. To sign up email

School Improvement

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Ofsted inspection framework

The new Ofsted inspection framework has been published.  This framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make. It applies from September 2019.

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The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance are running a 'New Ofsted Framework Session' on 19th June at 4.00 - 5.30 pm. 

Nys Hardingham, Head of Admiral Lord Nelson School has had a pilot of the new Ofsted inspection framework at her school. She and Chris Doherty who is a practising Ofsted inspector has very kindly agreed to share their experience and thoughts on the new inspection framework with us.

The session will start with a presentation by Nys and will be followed by a chance for you to ask questions. This will be in an ‘Ask the Panel’ format and we invite anyone who feels they have a good understanding of the new framework to let us know so they can also be included on the panel.

Info / Book

Changes to Statutory Teacher Assessment

This information leaflet summarises information for schools about changes to statutory teacher assessment from the 2018/19 academic year.

It provides a description of the changes, including which teacher assessment judgements are required, depending on the key stage, subject and standard the pupil is working at.

View here

Spanish academic visit

Spanish academic visits Portsmouth to observe literacy programme that supports struggling readers

Schools in Portsmouth that undertake the Reading Recovery programme received a visit on Tuesday 14 May from a Spanish academic who observed how schools are helping struggling readers overcome their problems. 

Dr Maria Angeles Martin Del Pozo (Universidad de Valladolid) spoke with teachers and school leaders and saw the UCL Institute of Education’s (IOE) Reading Recovery programme in action, observing a staff training session as well as sessions with pupils.

Portsmouth has one of the 25 professional development centres across England that offers accredited training and professional development for teachers in Reading Recovery. 


Curriculum and CPD

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Association for Language Learning - Annual conference

Liz Lord attended the ALL annual conference at Loughborough University at the end of March.  The two days were packed with very interesting sessions, delivered by passionate and knowledgeable practitioners.  You can access the slides that were used by Rachel Hawkes who delivered a fascinating take on the new focus and was much more specific about how she saw this impacting on MFL; and by Suzzanne O'Farrell who highlighted some of the difficulties facing MFL in the current environment.  Access presentations here.

MFL Primary Hub

Emotional health & wellbeing                                    

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Stop Child Exploitation

Stop Child Exploitation event

Stamshaw Adventure Playground, Western Terrace, PO2 8JX

Tuesday 28th May 2-5pm

FREE BBQ food and fun activities

Parents - can find out more about the signs of child exploitation

Young people - can learn how to keep themselves safe from exploitation.

The event is being run in Partnership with Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Active Communities, Barnardo's, and many others.

Prevent Update

1.  Sri Lankan terrorist attack : The DfE produced a short piece of guidance post the events in Sri Lanka.  Mike Stoneman emailed this out to schools on 26/04/19 and it has also been included in a past Bulletin.  In case you haven't seen this, view here.

2.  Stand Up! Education :  This is an organisation that runs workshops to :

  • raise understanding around issues of discrimination, antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate in a sensitive manner
  • provide practical and responsible strategies to tackle hate crime
  • develop students' understanding and confidence in civic and social responsibility in wider society.  It is aimed at secondary schools and sessions can  be tailored to schools' needs.  All workshops are free of charge.  View the leaflet for more details.  Email Roxana Jebreel

3.  Fundamental British values : Educate against Hate have produced a blog on Twinkl setting out what it means to implement fBv in primary schools, and addressing some criticisms about terminology. 

4.  Prejudicial language reporting tool : A reminder that this is a PAN Hampshire initiative with support from the OPCC.  Karen Thomas sent out an email, along with the reporting tool to Head Teachers on 28/04/19.  We are asking that you sent EMAS a copy of the completed report each time you have had need to use it, either electronically to Rubi Giles or via internal mail.  We are not collecting names of either victims or perpetrators so please can you anonymise the proforma before you sent it or we will do that for you this end.  The document has some guidance notes attached to it for ease of use, although we do not require you to send this part of the form back to us.

5.  Letter from Damian Hinds to NAHT (RSE) : As stated previously, this is not a Prevent issue, however there are wider links to British values and building positive relationships.  View his letter here.

6.  Online training from ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) : This is online training from the organisation that developed RUN HIDE TELL.  It is suitable for everyone working in a crowded environment - retail, entertainment, sport, education, places of worship - see flyer.

Key dates coming up :
22 May : Anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack (2 years)
3 June : Anniversary of London Bridge attack (2 years)
12 June : Anne Frank Day
19 June :  Anniversary of Finsbury Park attack (2 years)
20 June : World Refugee Day
30 June : World Social Media Day

Project Opheus - Up and running

Charlie Pericleous and John Webster (formerly the city's Prevent team) have begun work on a new European project. The 3 year funded project named Orpheus will work in partnership with other coastal cities and universities within France, Belgium and Netherlands on online and offline methods to build resilience within young people, online safety and an EU prevention model for violent extremism.  Whilst the project is still in its initiation phase, focus groups have already taken place with young people at Highbury College. The outcomes will help shape some of the initial thinking and increase the evidence base of the project. Further focus groups are taking place with Springfield pupils in June. They would like to speak with some Y6 pupils in June as well, so if any primary or junior schools have a spare slot where we could come in, then please get in touch. Finally both Charlie and John are still available to deal with Prevent concerns and offer support and advice as they did in their previous roles.

For further information, please email or

Opportunity for Junior School Mental Health Leads

You are invited to an assembly on Self Harm Prevention at Northern Parade Junior School for years 5 and 6 presented by myself, Melanie Wells Highly Specialist Community Therapist and Sophie Franklin, a young person from Dynamite group.

Wednesday 5th June 9am -9.30am

Hosted by Northern Parade Junior School, 20 places available, First come first served Contact melanie.wells to book a place.

There is no charge for this event and attendees will leave with some ideas how to present their own similar events

School Nursing Service

The service continues to work in partnership with schools providing school based drop-ins and appointments in school which are very well attended which generate high number of service referrals. We are seeing an increase in children and young people requiring additional support with emotional health and well-being issues.

We are c currently contacting schools to offer yearly updates for staff for anaphylaxis, epilepsy or poorly controlled asthma. We can also support with the development of health care plans.

The School Nursing Service can be contacted on

Telephone: 0300 123 6629.


Pulse Text messaging service: provides advice and support to parents/ carers and young people Contact us on: 07491163276

For more information please visit :

Solent School Aged Immunisation

We would like to thank you for the support you give when we come into schools to deliver the immunisation programme: Flu / School Leavers and HPV. Without your support we would not be able to achieve this significant public health intervention.

Please see some updates below:

Flu Nasal Vaccination This year we will be vaccinating year R through to year 6 pupils which equates to approximately 19,000 children.

HPV: from September 2019 this will now be an Adolescent Vaccination offered to all year 8 pupils. further information to follow.

Webinar on social media and young people's mental health & wellbeing

On Tuesday 16 July at 1pm there will be a webinar looking at the impact of social media on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. This is on the back of the inquiry that the All Party Parliamentary Group ran from April 2018 to January 2019.

The webinar will explore the report and its findings including the positive and negative health impacts of social media and recommendations to protect young social media users from potential health harms.

Register here

School buildings and school organisation

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Plans revealed for new building that will replace Mayfield School

After winning a government grant, plans have now been revealed of a new 'state-of-the-art' school which will replace Mayfield School in Copnor. The new school will include an innovative science and technology centre, spinning studio and digital photography suites. The original school, built in the 1930s, will then be demolished.

For more information and to see architect's impressions of how the new school will look click here.

Consultation on changes at Meredith Infant & Isambard Brunel Junior Schools

On May 20th 2019 The Thinking Schools Academy Trust will be opening a consultation on proposed changes at Meredith Infant and Isambard Brunel Junior Schools.

The plan is that from September 2020, Meredith Infant School and Isambard Brunel Junior School, which are located on the same site, will merge and operate as a single school which spans from age 4 to 11. The Thinking Schools Academy Trust already runs both schools and the new school would continue to be part of their family of schools.

An information letter has been sent out to schools explaining the changes. An amalgamation rationale is also available.

LA updates

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Metal shed on offer

Are there any schools who could use a 10x8 metal shed? It’s currently in use by the Milton Neighbourhood Forum but they are getting a bigger one so this will be excess to needs! First come first served.....

Contact Philippa Wilson in the first instance.

Deadline for purchasing 2019/20 services by monthly instalments

The deadline for purchasing new and changed services in 2019/20 by monthly instalment is Friday 24 May. These new/changed services are the PSHE offer for schools and buildings SLA 2, which covers statutory compliance. You can still purchase SLAs beyond this date, but when they are invoiced they will need to be purchased in full. If you have any queries please get in touch with Traded Services at or by telephone on 023 9284 1023.

Term and Holiday dates for Portsmouth Schools 2020/21

The results of the consultation with schools on the proposed term and holiday dates for the academic year 2020/2021 received 20 responses. Of these, 10 were for Option 1, 5 for Option 2 and 5 for Option 3. Governors and staff expressed opinions that aligning with the Hampshire dates was preferable as many staff have children attending Hampshire schools and there was less chance of pupils being on holiday in the last week of term.

With Option 1 receiving the highest number of responses agreeing to the proposed dates, it is therefore confirmed that the agreed term and holiday dates for the academic year 2020/2021 are:

03 September 2020 to 23 October 2020
02 November 2020 to 18 December 2020
04 January 2021 to 12 February 2021
22 February 2021 to 01 April 2021
19 April 2021 to 28 May 2021
07 June 2021 to 23 July 2021

LA Contact: Rachel Mckeever, Children Families and Education
Tel: 023 9284 1705

2020/21 calendar


Designated Teacher Training - Virtual School 2019/20

The following Designated Teacher (DT) Training Sessions will be facilitated by the Virtual School this academic year, following the recent consultation. Please email attendance to the Virtual Headteacher using the contact below, so afternoon refreshment numbers can be appropriately catered for.

Each session starts at 1.30pm and will finish at 3.30pm with a 15 minute break at 2.30pm for networking, tea and coffee. The venue will be Portsmouth Academy in the Training hub.

Session A - Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Session B - Tuesday 25th February 2020
Session C - Monday 22nd June 2020

Governor Training - Virtual School 2019/20

The Portsmouth Virtual School is now providing training for Governors on Looked After Children. The venue will be the Civic Centre, Ground Floor. Meeting Room 3.

Tuesday 8th October 2019                           Thursday 14th November 2019

9.30am to 11.30am                                         4pm to 6pm

If you would like any further information or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Tina Henley Virtual School Headteacher Tel: 023 9268 8076.

'Nurture Groups in a Nutshell'

5 & 10 June 2019 : 9.15 am - 12.30 pm (both sessions to be attended)
Beacon View Primary Academy

FREE training for School staff who want to set up and run nurture groups including: Teachers, HLTAs, TAs, ELSAs,Teacher/SENCo/Inclusion manager who will be responsible for leading the nurture group work in school.

Also, an ideal 'refresher' for experienced nurture group practitioners wishing to revisit the principles of nurture group practice and gain fresh ideas to take back to their group.

20 places available and offered on a first come first served basis. To book a place email


Dates for your diary

Portsmouth EMAS Conference flyer
21 May 2019 : 1 - 4.30 pm
Book via Portsmouth Learning Gateway

Highbury College Open Event
22 May 2019 : 4.30 - 7.00 pm

Mary Rose Science Challenge (Yrs 5/6)
24 May 2019 - 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Mary Rose Museum, Main Road, Portsmouth
To book

Nurture Groups in a nutshell
5 & 10 June 2019 : 9.15 am - 12.30 pm
Beacon View Primary Academy

Highbury College Creative Showcase
12 June 2019 : 6.00 - 8.00 pm
Register your interest

Portsmouth Student Voice Day
24 June 2019 : 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth, Winston Churchill Avenue
Interested complete the form

Are You Listening? - School Arts celebration
9 July 2019 : 1.00 - 3.00 pm
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square
Register your interest

Aspirations Week
20 - 24 January 2020

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.

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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