PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 1 July 2019

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PEP Bulletin

w/c 1 July 2019

Leadership, recruitment and retention

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Teach Portsmouth Awards - deadline extension for nominations 2nd July

Teach Portsmouth

Following a number of requests we have extended the deadline for nominations for the Teach Portsmouth Awards for tomorrow Tuesday 2nd July.

Nominations are welcomed from schools, colleges, multi academy trusts and all partners involved in the Portsmouth Education Partnership. Please think about who you might wish to put forward and get those nominations in! (Details of the Awards here and the Nominations Form here).

You can also find more information about all the Teach Portsmouth Week events on the Teach Portsmouth website, and don't forget to follow #TeachPortsmouth for information on this exciting event!

For your diary, the Teach Portsmouth Awards evening is on Friday 4th October 2019, so please keep the date free!

My Teacher on a Postcard Art Exhibition

Teach Portsmouth

We have had a fantastic response to the My Teacher on a Postcard Exhibition so far with over 4500 postcards already requested by schools. It's so easy to take part - 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.

Please let us know how many postcards your school would like - email Deadline to request postcards is July 5th 2019.

Completed postcard entries to be submitted by 13th September 2019.

We expect the exhibition will 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.

Teacher recruitment survey

Teach Portsmouth

As part of the Initial Teacher Training Retention & Recruitment Group, we are emailing all schools in Portsmouth to ask them to take part in a very short anonymised teacher recruitment survey by Friday 12th July 2019.  This information will be really important and enable the group to understand where schools are currently advertising their teacher vacancies, and will inform future projects to support teacher recruitment in Portsmouth.  To take part, please follow this link.

Teach Portsmouth Teacher Recruitment Event 2020

Teach Portsmouth

Hold the date - the next Teach Portsmouth Teacher Recruitment Event will be held at the Training & Learning Centre, The Portsmouth Academy on Wednesday 29th January 2020, set-up from 3.00pm, and the event will last from 4.00p.m. to 6.30p.m.  Further information to follow in due course. Please keep the date in your diary, as it is very important that we present a united Teach Portsmouth front at this event.

School Improvement

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Ofsted Education Inspection Framework - overview of research

This paper presents the research evidence underpinning the education inspection framework. The review draws on a range of sources, including both Ofsted's own research programme and a review of existing evidence bases. The review is structured to provide the evidence base that underlies each of the four key judgements for the proposed new framework: quality of education, personal development, behaviour and attitudes, and leadership and management.

Curriculum and CPD

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Year 5 Portsmouth Book Award

Over 1000 pupils packed the Kings Theatre on Tuesday 25th June, celebrating the winner of the 2019 School Library Service Year 5 Book Award.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Ben Dowling congratulated Gill Lewis, whose book, Run Wild was voted the favourite of five shortlisted titles by over 1500 year five pupils from twenty-four schools in the city.  After the event Gill went on to meet a group of pupils from Fernhurst Junior School.  Gill said, 'It was such an incredible day. I feel overwhelmed and a bit emotional about it. I don’t think I have ever been to an award ceremony where everyone gets to feel like rock stars. The atmosphere was amazing......'

Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Suzy Horton said, ''This remains my favourite event of the year. Over a thousand Year 5 kids screaming about reading, is just a wonderful sound. Well done School Library Service - and all the teachers - for everything you do to make reading so exciting! Thanks to the Kings Theatre for hosting and for the winning author Gill Lewis, for teaching us how to howl’

The event marks the end of the annual School Library Service Book Awards across three age groups.  In the Year 1 Picture Book Award, Simon Sock by Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet and Nick East was voted as their favourite and Boy 87 by Ele Fountain  was winner of the Year 8/9 Longer Novel Award.


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City of Stories Project : Year 8 '2029' story competition

Year 8 pupils were invited to write a short story on the theme of 2029 as part of the 'City of Stories' Arts Council England funded project that is taking place in Portsmouth Library and Archive Service. The aim of the project is to connect people to the Portsmouth Archive Collection, to storytelling and to great storytellers.

Entries were received from three schools, Charter Academy, Miltoncross and Springfield, and the Service were delighted to see the quality of the writing the pupils displayed.

The winner - Springfield pupil Molly Firth - was announced at a special event at Southsea Library on 12th June for pupils, their parents/ carers, teachers and school librarians. Children's author Ali Sparkes announced the winner and presented Molly with an Amazon Kindle and £50 Amazon voucher.

Read 1st place Molly's story here

Read 2nd place Ruby Wilcox's story here

Read 3rd place Aneeqa Choudhury's story here

Read Springfield pupil, Harriet Erridge's story here

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Changes to personal, social, health & economic (PSHE) and relationship & sex education (RSE)

The final version of the updated Government guidance on Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education has now been. Details can be found here.  

Ofsted - Findings of curriculum research

This report outlines what Ofsted have done in phase 3 of our research into the quality of curriculum in schools.

Ofsted - Inspecting the curriculum

This document explains how inspectors will look at the quality of education under the new education inspection framework (EIF) while recognising that each inspection is different.

NQT Induction Mentor Training

The preparations for the next round of NQT Induction are in full swing in schools across the city and plans are being put in place in readiness for day one.....It's on that basis that we offer early-bird NQT Mentor training free of charge to all those schools who have registered with us already on Thursday 4th July.

Please see the poster for further information - or contact June Hutchinson

Free Trial - Primary Languages Network

Primary Languages Consultant and creator of the Primary Languages Network, Janet Lloyd, is offering a free trial of the Primary Languages Network VLE.  The support offered is in either French or Spanish.  This free trial could be of interest to KS2 subject leaders for primary languages who are looking for a scheme of work that has been designed by primary practitioners for specialist and non-specialist primary languages practitioners.

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PSHE drug education collaboration project - One Choice

An exciting PSHE drug education project between Portsmouth's PSHE Framework Manager Chantelle Knight and Lady Mayoress Leza Tremorin began its early stages this week at the UNLOC Student Voice Day. Joined by Councillor Suzy Horton - cabinet member for education, charity events organiser Marcella Payne and key note speakers Janine Milburn and Russell Abery, both of Portsmouth, a secondary school workshop was undertaken to capture student voice on the current provision and delivery of education around substances as well as what young people felt was needed now and in the future.

The project, named One Choice, focusses on the real life stories of Janine Milburn, mother of 18 year old Georgia Jones who tragically lost her life at Mutiny Festival in 2018 after taking 2 high strength MDMA tablets and Russell Abery, a former semi-professional motocross rider who, following a life changing accident, succumbed to addiction costing him his life and liberty. The event was a huge success, with kind thanks to UNLOC and the young people involved. One Choice will be launched later in 2019 hosting an event raising awareness of the importance of substance education for our cities young people.

Self Harm Prevention Healthy Young Minds Newsletter for parents

Due to several Junior Schools in the city reporting incidents of children self harming Solent NHS have put together a sheet for parents which they hope schools will distribute to their parents by what means they can BEFORE the summer holidays  


CAMHS Training Autumn 2019

We are offering training on

  • Managing Anxiety and Self harm
  • Managing anxiety Group work
  • Neurodevelopmental training


FREE CCE/County Lines Workshop

Active Communities Network is offering a free workshop on 17 July 2019  09.30 - 13:00 at The Central Library, Portsmouth to all those who work with and support vulnerable children and young people to explain what CCE / County Lines is and how it affects children, vulnerable adults and our communities.  This is a free event but spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come basis.

Please follow the link here for more details and to book your place.

Special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND)


Local area SEND inspection for Portsmouth

The Local Area SEND Inspection for Portsmouth begins today and will end on 5th July.  Following the notification last week there has been a fantastic response from education, health and social care partners, parents & carers and young people and we have a busy schedule of workshops, briefings and visits to settings.  We look forward to demonstrating to Ofsted and CQC how effectively we identify, support and improve the outcomes for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities.

For more information please contact Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion, PCC.

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T Levels National Conference

17th October 2019 at Broadway House, Westminster

  • Understand the Government's reforms to technical education and receive a policy update from the Department for Education on progress to date and the staged roll-out of T-Levels beginning in 2020
  • Explore how to work in partnership to effectively design, develop and implement T Levels in your college or school
  • Examine how to create clear routes for student progression from T Levels into Higher-Level Study or Degree and Higher Apprenticeships
  • Learn from examples of best practice and innovative solutions to building relationships with employers to deliver high-quality placements

Register online now to take advantage of a 20% early booking discount* using Promo Code: EARLY20. Alternatively, if you would prefer your organisation to be invoiced please complete and submit an offline booking form. For further information visit our website or download the event flyer.

*Please note that early bird rates are not valid for offline bookings.

LA updates

New Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership arrangements

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership (PSCP) has published its new arrangements.  The PSCP has been developed out of the previous Portsmouth LSCB and in response to Working Together 2018.  The PSCP seeks to build on the previous strong work of the Portsmouth LSCB in developing and delivering effective multi-agency arrangements for keeping children safe from harm.

As we are in a period transition you may notice the PSCB branding on some documentation.  Please note these documents still stand and are relevant until their review date.

As recommended by Working Together 2018, the new Hampshire & Isle of Wight (HIOW) Child Death Overview Panel will also be in place by September 2019.

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.

Frank Regan has resigned his post as corporate H&S manager and leaves the council on 31 July 2019.   The vacant post will be recruited to in due course - but in the interim please contact Andy Kill after Frank leaves.

Thought about becoming a foster carer?

On Tuesday 9th July the Foster Portsmouth team are inviting anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer to join them at Admiral Lord Nelson School, Portsmouth to find out more about this incredibly rewarding role. Simply drop-in between 6pm - 7:30pm for an informal chat with the team. Free parking and refreshments will be available. Find out more

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Change to May Day Bank Holiday 2020

As you may be aware the early May bank holiday in 2020 will now be moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  Monday 4th May will now be a normal school day. Please find attached an updated school term calendar here which reflects this change. 

Further information can be found at:

Dates for your diary

3 July 2019
Teaching grammar workshop (led by Steve Smith)
5.00 - 7.00 pm at University of Portsmouth, St Georges Building Room 0.20 (basement)
Register your interest

4 July 2019
Portsmouth Music Hub 'One World Showcase' (a concert celebrating our environment)
6.00 pm at Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square
Booking info

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

10 July 2019
Diversity in Education Network Meeting
3.30 - 5.00 pm at Unloc Offices, Portsmouth College, Tangier Road

16 July 2019
Webinar on social media and young people's health & wellbeing
1pm : Register here

2 October 2019
Designated teacher training - Virtual school : Session A
1.30 - 3.30 pm
Email or tel 023 9268 8076

4 October 2019
Teach Portsmouth Awards Evening

8 October 2019
Virtual school governor training
9.30 - 11.30 am
Email or tel 023 9268 8076

10 October 2019
Portsmouth Inclusion Conference
8.30 am - 4.00 pm at The Marriott Hotel, Southampton Road, Portsmouth
To book

14 November 2019
Virtual school governor training
9.30 - 11.30 am
Email or tel 023 9268 8076

20 - 24 January 2020
Aspirations Week

25 February 2020
Designated teacher training - Virtual school : Session B
1.30 - 3.30 pm
Email or tel 023 9268 8076

22 June 2020
Designated teacher training - Virtual school : Session C
1.30 - 3.30 pm
Email or tel 023 9268 8076

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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