PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 8 July 2019

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PEP Bulletin

w/c 8 July 2019

Leadership, recruitment and retention

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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.

Governor Training Programme 2019/20

A new Portsmouth governor training programme for 2019/2 has now been published.  For details and to book see the Governor Training and Information page of the traded services website. All Portsmouth governors are able to book themselves onto courses by completing the new user form. Where there is a cost (courses are charged at £45 per course unless otherwise stated), bookings will then be authorised by the school. Please help spread the word amongst your governor colleagues! For queries contact

School Improvement

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Ofsted blog : 'Busting the intent myth'

In the new school inspection handbook, Ofsted outline a quality of education (QE) judgement. Lots of the discussion about the QE judgement has been around what ‘intent’ means.

Read the blog

Curriculum and CPD

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STEM Survey - Win an Amazon voucher!

This survey by the National Museum of the Royal Navy is to gauge your interest in their learning programming, in particular its involvement in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The survey will close on 20th July 2019, when one entry will be chosen at random to receive a £50 Amazon gift card.

Any feedback that you give will be used to identify areas of improvement within their programme, and is greatly appreciated.

Click below to begin relevant survey :

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City of Stories : Songs and Poetry inspired by the Portsmouth Archive Collection


Friday 26th July 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Charles Dickens Activity Centre Dickens, Lake Road,  PO1 4DY

Performed by Young People from the Rant Music Project

During the period January-June 2019, young people from the PCC Rant Music Project and the Youth Clubs BYAC Brook Club Hillside & Wymering & Portsea participated in a series of workshops with Poet In Residence Amanda Garrie and the Rant Music Project Coordinator Paul Weston to write songs and poetry inspired by the photographic collections from the Portsmouth Archive. The results were some incredibly powerful pieces of creative writing and songs inspired by photographs of the Blitz in the city. We invite you to hear the poetry and songs performed, along with other creative pieces written and performed by the young people.  The Performances will be enhanced with projections of images from the archives and atmospheric lighting.

This work is part of the City of Stories Arts Council England funded project in Portsmouth Library and Archive Service which is all about engaging people with the Archive Collections and increasing access to great writers and storytellers.

After the performance we will be having an after party and barbecue where you can meet all of the young people who performed and enjoy some food and a soft drink.

Please RSVP Clare Forsyth or telephone 023 92688064 to confirm attendance by 24th July.

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PSHE introductory offer

In response to feedback from schools the PSHE team has introduced two new introductory SLAs for 2019/20 for schools that wish to continue to access the PSHE leads' network meetings but are not able to buy into the larger package. For details and to book see the PSHE page of the traded services website. For queries contact

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.  

Helping parents understand RSE

New guides have been released to help parents understand the upcoming changes with RSE for both primary and secondary school age children. Can you please use your communication channels with parents to make them aware of these guides.

To help us support you in delivering RSE in your schools please feedback any comments or concerns you've had from parents on this planned change to Hannah Byrne

Association for Language Learning - Portsmouth Primary Hub

CPD Planning for 2019/20

Liz Lord, the local organiser of the ALL (Association for Language Learning) Primary Hub is planning training for next year. To assist with this she would be grateful if primary school colleagues could respond to 7 questions below:

1.    Which foreign language is taught in your school?

2.    Who delivers the teaching of this language?

3.    How much curriculum time is dedicated to the teaching of this language?

4.    Who is responsible for coordinating the teaching of the foreign language?   Please add the contact details of the subject leader.

5.    Has the subject leader, or another member of staff, attended CPD for Primary Languages in the past year?  If not, why was this?

6.    What would be the most useful CPD to offer colleagues in the coming year (in an ideal world)?

7.    What contact, if any, has there been with feeder secondary schools about the language teaching and learning which has taken place?  

Please forward your response to Liz Lord at:

For more information please call Liz on 023 92 845224 or 0791 722 5504

Emotional health & wellbeing                                    

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Arundel Court Healthy City Project

Children at Arundel Court Primary Academy have created a project about living in a healthy city and have discussed their findings with Portsmouth City Council cabinet members

Fifteen classes from Arundel Court Primary Academy in Landport took part in activities to show Portsmouth City Council what they think makes the city a healthy place to live, and what could be done to make it healthier.


Portsmouth Family Values - Incredible Years Group

Portsmouth Family Values have two trainees on the CYP-MH Parent Therapy training at Reading University. As a part of their course, they are delivering an IY group (see flyer and programme information sheet) in Portsmouth at St Georges Beneficial School, starting on Tuesday 17th September.

We have 15 spaces and it’s a free service so if you wish to make a referral, please do. The programme is for tier two cases, parents of 4-12 year olds. Please tick the box for Parent Therapy. The parent must be given a copy of the privacy notice and sign the referral form confirming that they have received it. We cannot accept referrals that are not signed by the parent/carer being referred.

Contact Bianca Robbins if you require any further information about the group, one to one parenting or family support.

Special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND)


Visually impaired young people in Portsmouth take the lead

Daisy is 20 and blind. She would sit in her house for hours on social media, chatting to her visually impaired friends who live all over the country. She did not really know anyone locally with a visual impairment around her age. She decided to contact the RNIB with her mum (who is a Portsmouth STAVI) to get help in setting up a social group for VI 18-25 year olds. Team work made it happen in Portsmouth! They now meet every 5-6 weeks for a couple of hours (usually weekends). Volunteers are needed to help guide the young people get around and facilitate their meet ups.   Please contact if you could help.

School buildings and school organisation

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The Portsmouth Academy

The Portsmouth Academy to expand pupil numbers

The Portsmouth Academy is expanding its pupil places to meet the needs of the growing population of Portsmouth, and will offer 250 places to the Year 7 cohort who enter the academy in September 2020. The school has issued a press release highlighting the value of the capital works. The press release also notes that Natalie Sheppard (previously Principal of The Portsmouth Academy), has been appointed as the Director of Education for TSAT Portsmouth schools, and will take up her post in September, 2019.

Expansions are also taking place at Charter Academy and at Admiral Lord Nelson school, in preparation for increased numbers in September 2020.


Arundel Court Primary Academy new school building update

We are at a very exciting time of the Arundel Court Primary Building Project. On 11th June we were very fortunate enough to witness, over 8 days, our new school building being connected  together on our old field! 45 modules travelled down from the Carnaby factory, near Bridlington, on huge lorries. It only took 8 full days to put the three story school together! Metal work is now being constructed to make the frames for both halls and our centralised kitchen. This part of the new school will be a traditional build and will take much longer to put together. We are so excited that the new school is really taking shape and we're now looking forward to seeing what it's going to be like inside. 

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LA updates

New school meals contract with Caterlink - Tucasi

Schools which previously used ISS's Cypad system to book and pay for school meals and will be moving to the Tucasi system as part of the new Caterlink contract should have been contacted by Tucasi to arrange a training session on the new system before the end of term.  If any school is still waiting for a meeting to be arranged please contact

Business Team wanting to volunteer

Sarah Baker, Portsmouth's Volunteering Development Officer, has recently been contacted by a company with businesses in Portsmouth and Salisbury whose staff are allowed to have a day off to volunteer in the local community, and are looking for worthwhile projects for their staff to be part of. As examples, they currently have two projects in Salisbury, decorating a local community centre and a gardening project. Could your school benefit from a "working party", for example to upgrade a classroom or outdoor learning area?  If you've got an idea do contact

rent it right

Free leasing scheme eases pressure on landlords

Portsmouth City Council's Rent it Right leasing scheme provides private landlords with peace of mind and a stress free experience, with guaranteed rent payments in advance, out of office hours support and no risk of rent arrears. All at zero cost. We can also offer minimum three year lease periods if required. By encouraging private landlords or property owners to lease their properties to us we can ensure there are homes available for those who need them the most. Read more by clicking here.

Interested or know someone who may be?
Call 023 9284 1069 or email  

For more information on Rent it Right visit

Dates for your diary

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

17 September 2019
Induction for new governors
4.30 - 6.00 pm - Civic Offices, Portsmouth
£45 - Book via Traded Services website

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

30th September - 4th October 2019

Teach Portsmouth Week

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

29 January 2020
Teach Portsmouth Teacher Recruitment Event
4 - 6.30 pm

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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