PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 10 June 2019

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PEP Bulletin

w/c 10 June 2019

Leadership, recruitment and retention

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Managing teacher supply agency costs seminar

A reminder that the seminar on "managing teacher supply agency costs" will take place on Monday 17 June at 10am. Reserve your place on the traded services website, or by emailing

Teach Portsmouth Awards - seeking nominations

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth Week is an exciting opportunity to recognise and celebrate our current teachers and for everyone to experience the buzz of teaching There are 11 awards to celebrate some of the great work in our city.  Nominations are welcomed from schools, colleges, multi academy trusts and all partners involved in the Portsmouth Education Partnership. Please start to consider who you might wish to nominate (details of the Awards here and the Nominations Form here). The deadline for nominations is Friday 28th June 2019. For your diary, the Teach Portsmouth Awards evening is on Friday 4th October 2019, so please keep the date free!

Teach Portsmouth Week - My Teacher on a Postcard Art Exhibition

Teach Portsmouth

The My Teacher on a Postcard Exhibition has been inspired by a recent Twitter Art Exhibition (#TAE2019). This was held in Edinburgh and included 1000 postcards from around the world. We would love to receive 1000 postcards from around Portsmouth and want every school to take part in creating this amazing display. All you have to do is encourage your pupils (and staff!) to use their imagination to create a piece of hand-crafted or digital art, or written work (such as a description, a poem or a story) or even take a photograph that reflects the theme of My Teacher (see summary for more details).

How will your school take part? Please let us know how many postcards your school would like - email

We expect the exhibition will be last for a number of days during Teach Portsmouth week (w/c 30 September 2019) and we hope you will want to bring groups from your school to see the exhibition and vote for your favourite postcards. There are prizes for the winning artists and their schools.

Curriculum and CPD

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Lyndhurst D Day

Lyndhurst travelled back to 1944 for D Day 75 commemoration

Pupils and staff from Lyndhurst Junior School have been remembering the events of 75 years ago to help pupils understand the significance of D-Day.  It will not be very many more years until D-Day passes from living memory into history and, as it is such a vital part of our national story, Tamsyn Holman (PHSE Lead) and Kathy Hynes-Kelly (History Lead) wanted to ensure the pupils gained as much from the commemorations as possible. 

Pupils and staff wore 1944 style attire, played games from the period and, of course, learnt about the importance of the historical events.  Children also discovered the involvement of Lyndhurst in the war effort through the reminiscences of an ex-pupils of the school!  They were fascinated to learn that the young soldiers spent the night before they boarded ships on the school playground and how local residents provided food and drink for them.  Pupils also participated in a number of other events including the reenactment "They Knew Something was Happening", singing songs from the period in North End whilst troops marched to the docks.

British council

International school exchanges

Give your students a truly intercultural experience  by applying for a grant for travel to visit a partner school. The visit can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills. Grants are aimed at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Priority will be given to applications that show the school, or the group of students being visited, have significant levels of disadvantage (e.g., Pupil Premium, Opportunity Area, Index of Multiple Deprivation, Additional Needs etc). Visits do not need to include homestay.


For schools that don’t have a partner school, we are arranging seminars in Spain, France, Germany and China in the autumn term to allow schools to set up a partnership and plan an exchange. 

  • Travel, accommodation, meals, visa costs all covered
  • All arrangements will be made by the British Council
  • Meet overseas teachers and build partnerships
  • Visit a school
  • Understand more about education approaches overseas
  • Plan an exchange visit
  • Cultural visits
  • Pupil workshops with overseas pupils

China: 5-10 November Kunming and Fujian.  We will be looking for 1/2 teachers from 15 schools.

France: 17-20 October Le Havre.  We will be looking for 1/2 teachers and 2/3 pupils (year 8 or 9) from 15 schools to meet with similar from France.

Germany: 28 November – 1 December Dusseldorf.  We will be looking for 1/2 teachers and 2/3 pupils (year 8 or 9) from 15 schools to meet with similar from Germany.

Spain: 10-14 October Madrid.  We will be looking for 1/2 teachers and 2/3 pupils (year 8 or 9) from 10 schools to meet with similar from Spain

Information about how to apply for these seminars can be accessed below:



France / Germany / Spain



This long-established local group provides excellent FREE CPD for Primary teachers in and around Portsmouth who what to be enthused and inspired to improve the teaching and learning of science in their schools.

Next meeting is a ‘Teach Meet’ with opportunities to look at the new Ofsted framework and its impact on science.

20th June at Medina Primary School – 4-5pm

To book a place or to be put on our mailing list for future events, please email:

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Skeletons of the Mary Rose Science Challenge

Primary Schools are being invited to attend Skeletons of the Mary Rose Science Challenge at the Mary Rose on Friday 28 June 2019 Years 5 & 6 OR Tuesday 2 July 2019 Years 3 & 4.

The day is specifically linked to National Curriculum Science (Animals including Humans) and takes place The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth 10am until 2pm.

It is a great opportunity for young people to become an archaeologist for the day!  They can learn about what can be discovered from bones. Investigate diet, fitness and work on board through the evidence from the skeletons of the Mary Rose crew. 


Spanish teaching materials

Many of our local primary schools are now offering Spanish.  The Spanish Embassy Education Office is very keen to support schools and have a issued a Teaching Materials guide with links to useful resources. Have a look and try out some of the materials!

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NQT Induction : Early Leadership

We reach the final stage of induction for many NQTs in the city...and now is the time to look ahead to continuing their development and progress for the benefit of schools, pupils and of course themselves.  NQTs may well find they are taking on responsibilities for next year and so the Summer Term Workshop focusses on Early Leadership and the implications for leading and managing in school settings.  See flyer below with all the details - however places can be booked for this half day course on 27th June (morning or afternoon) as usual via the PTSA website: (please state on the drop down menu which session you prefer)

Looking forward to meeting your NQT there!

June Hutchinson (PTSA/LA NQT Induction Co-Ordinator)


Emotional health & wellbeing                                    

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Devonshire defibrillator

On the 23rd May Stephen Morgan MP joined the Head Teacher (Jackie Collins) and School Council from Devonshire Infant School to officially open a community defibrillator.

The funds had been raised during the school year from a sponsored danceathon and an Easter raffle.

Stephen said “It is a real pleasure to officially open this community defibrillator at Devonshire Infant School. Schools have such an important role in our city; it is inspiring to see all the hard work both pupils and staff have put in to raising the funds to purchase this important community resource. I want to commend Devonshire Infant School for being proactive in organising their sponsored whole school Danceathon and Easter Raffle. Thank you to everyone involved for supporting and unifying our community”


Improving behaviour in schools

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published its latest guidance report, ‘Improving Behaviour in Schools’

Misbehaviour in schools is not a new issue. And while most pupils in most lessons are well-behaved, it’s a major cause of stress for teachers which also has a lasting impact on the outcomes of the pupils in the class. That's why we've produced this latest guidance report: to support senior leaders to promote positive behaviour in schools, based on the best available evidence we currently have. It offers clear and actionable recommendations in three key areas:

  • Preventing misbehaviour happening - eg, by providing breakfast clubs. 
  • Dealing with bad behaviour when it does happen - eg, using personalised approaches like daily report cards.
  • And consistency and coherence in school behaviour policies.

This information can also be found on the PEP website.

Blue Day

Annual Blue Day returns to Portsmouth Schools in support of Tom Prince Osteosarcoma Research Fund

This year the Prince family asked Priory School to take over the running of Blue Day in order to raise vital funds for the research fund set up in Tom’s name. Over recent weeks Priory school joined forces with local schools Wimborne Junior School, Milton Park Primary, and Cottage Grove Primary, as well as Pompey in the Community, and Portsmouth Football Club to turn parts of the city blue again. In total we have raised in the region on £5000. Stewart Vaughan, Head teacher of Priory School, part of the Bohunt Education Trust, said, “I am very proud to have this association with the Prince Family and to continue supporting this wonderful charity. Our aim is to grow this exponentially by getting more and more partners on board. As a city, we have raised a huge amount of cash over the years and I want to continue making regular donations to further UCL’s cancer research.”

If you would like to be involved next year please email

LA updates

Grant Funding opportunities for schools - DEADLINE 5 JULY

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund (hwicf) has just opened up its latest funding round. There are three grants which could be particularly appropriate to bids from schools:

  • Small Grants Small Items: which provides grants of £250-£500 for one-off items or small items of expenditure which will benefit the local community. Examples given include a new cooker for a luncheon club, and sports equipment for youth clubs, so this might be an appropriate fund to pay for items that are shared with community groups using a school building.
  • Better Start provides grants of £1,000-£5,000, for projects that help tackle childhood poverty for those aged up to 21 years old. The suggestions include those helping children with access to a nutritious meal or  projects that help build family resilience, so this may be an avenue for securing additional funding for breakfast or after school clubs working with vulnerable children, or wider work with their families.
  • #iwill awards grants of £1,000-£5,000 to encourage young people aged between 10 and 20 to lead change and make a positive contribution to their communities, particularly in less affluent areas. Grants should deliver opportunities for young people to get involved in campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference in their local area.
  • The contact number at hwicf is 01256 776101, email If helpful I am very happy to look over draft bids - Tel : 023 9284 1973.

HSE Intervention - Transport safety arrangements in schools

Following the tragic death of a pupil and the subsequent prosecution of Bridgend County Council in late 2018 HSE Inspectors are now visiting schools to examine arrangements for transport safety.

When reviewing transport arrangements schools should:

  • Control vehicle movements and departures at key times and until pedestrians are dispersed.
  • Ensure, where possible, that all vehicles are on site well before the start/end of the school day and parked in authorised positions to allow safe access.
  • Prevent unauthorised vehicles from accessing and parking within the school grounds
  • Carefully consider the walking routes used by pupils to access transport and the measures needed to restrict pedestrians to recognised pathways and road crossing points.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the arrangements and adherence to procedures
  • Record and review incidents, near misses and non-conformities and share learning outcomes

To ensure that controls remain effective, they should be further reviewed when the capacity of the school changes or when transport arrangements or contracts are altered.

If schools have concerns that they are unable to address themselves they should initially contact the PCC H&S Unit for advice if signed up to the Traded Service or their respective H&S specialist advisor if not.

Schools Consultation - Schools Funding Arrangements 2020-21

The Schools funding Arrangements 2020-21 consultation document has been sent to all schools and will also be available on the Schools Finance pages (for maintained schools) or the Traded Services website (for academies).

The consultation closes on Monday 24 June and the results will be taken to Schools Forum on 10 July 2019.

Secure mail update

Please note that PCC are no longer using the Proofpoint encrypted email system due to technical difficulties.  Instead, we are now using a different system for sending secure emails and all emails sent using a .secure account are sent using end to end encryption.  You will see a normal email in your inbox which you can reply to, as you would any other email, and providing the school's email system is set up as per the government standard, you can be assured that emails are encrypted.


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.

Dates for your diary

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

Seminar on reducing agency costs
17 June 2019 : 10.00 - 11.30 am
To book

New Ofsted framework session
19 June 2019 : 4.00 - 5.30 pm
Training & Learning Centre, Cowper Road, Portsmouth
To book

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

Moving on Up - Transition from Year R into Year 1 (Year 1 Teachers)
1st July 2019 4.00 - 6.00 pm
Conference Room A, Civic Offices, Portsmouth, PO1 2AE
Book via the Traded Services website

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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