PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 15 July 2019

View in your web browser | Sign up for more alerts

portsmouth city council
Portsmouth Education Partnership

PEP Bulletin

w/c 15 July 2019

School improvement

PEP icon 6

Maths Mastery Readiness Programme

Next year the Solent Maths Hub will be running the mastery readiness programme in Portsmouth again.  With the release of KS2 data and KS1 data, you may feel that this programme would support your school in the development of mathematics. 

The Mastery Readiness Programme is for schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths, but would benefit from a staged approach.

Schools that are successful in implementing sustained and meaningful change through teaching for mastery have key foundations already in place. 

These key foundations include:

  • shared vision and culture around the importance of maths
  • a belief that every child can achieve highly in maths
  • a positive mindset towards maths amongst all staff
  • good maths subject knowledge amongst teachers and TAs
  • systems that maximise learning, such as timetabling, intervention, curriculum and pedagogical approaches
  • teaching of arithmetical proficiency for all children, to support mathematical fluency by reducing cognitive load
  • ongoing staff development, which is valued by all staff and senior leaders.

The Mastery Readiness Programme offers support and development in these areas.  The programme is fully funded and will include half-termly workshops and half-termly school visits.  The workshops will focus on the above principles and your half termly visits will provide follow up support to embed these principles.

 Your Commitment:

• Release two teachers to engage in all events, supported by a nominated member of SLT.

• Give these teachers the opportunity to lead professional development in school.

• Actively support reflection and collaboration among staff in the pursuit of improvement.


The development workshops and bespoke support include:

• An introduction to mastery, how to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery, initial steps both in leadership and in classroom teaching, and strategies for overcoming potential barriers.

• Support for the headteacher in addressing leadership issues related to mathematics and contributing to raising standards.

• Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing mastery readiness.

Further details can be found at:

 If you are interested, please contact Jess Paul and she will be able to give you further details.  She is also happy to arrange a visit to your school or phone conversation to provide more information. 

Leadership, recruitment and retention

icon 8

Portsmouth SCITT – Outstanding Teacher Training

The SCITT has been working in Portsmouth for the benefit of Portsmouth Primary schools for 19 years. We are recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding provider of Teacher Training and have developed our training programme to reflect the very specific needs of Portsmouth schools. Our chair is a Portsmouth Headteacher and our development is managed by the wider group of Portsmouth Heads. All that has changed are the governance arrangements, as our lead school, Arundel Court Primary has joined the University of Chichester Academy Trust. The trust’s Board has confirmed it is committed to ensuring Portsmouth SCITT remains a bespoke programme focused on the needs of all Portsmouth primary schools. 

If you as a school would like to be one of our partnership schools, or you know someone interested in training to be a teacher, please email principal@portsmouthscitt.


Curriculum and CPD

icon 8

PSHE Framework

Following the release of the DfE  final copy of the RSE and Health Education guidance last week, the final copy of the Portsmouth PSHE Framework is now available on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website

Details of the subsequent traded service offer are available at

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"

Portsmouth ECAR continues!

Every Child a Reader and Literacy Support

Bringing together the highest quality of professional support to enable all children to achieve excellence in literacy.

Bringing together the highest quality of professional support to enable all children to achieve excellence in literacy.

Bex Shore (Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Literacy Trainer) will be working at Meredith Infant/Isambard Brunel Junior School from September 2019.

New email contact:

Telephone: 023 9266 3846

Bex can provide:

•        Reading Recovery accreditation via the International Literacy Centre (Institute of Education/ University College London)

•        Every Child a Reader consultancy and literacy training including INSET sessions, short literacy intervention courses and support bespoke to the needs of your school.

*FFT Wave 3 Intervention Training dates available for early September 2019.

Early Years & KS1 - KS3 literacy interventions.

Please contact Bex if you would like to discuss or book any training.

Emotional health & wellbeing                                    

Pep icon   image 1

Mental Health Support Teams in Schools - funding success

Portsmouth City Council, working in partnership with Solent NHS and Portsmouth CCG have been awarded £1.4m to roll out Mental Health Support Teams in Schools from September 2020.  This is a key plank in our Social, Emotional and Mental health strategy aimed at reducing school absence and exclusion, and providing much needed support for children and young people with low to moderate mental health needs.  Our bid received a 'special commendation' from the national NHS panel for its needs analysis and strong emphasis on partnership working.  For more details, contact Hayden Ginns at 

Are you aware of the Portsmouth SENDIASS Service?

Portsmouth SENDIASS is an impartial advice service (Education, Health and Social Care) for children and young people with SEND (0-25) and their parents/carers. Information and advice is available 24/7 on their website, they have a dedicated telephone number and email address, and welcome enquiries from schools/other organisations to find new ways to spread the word about the service. For further information-

Helen Merel

Inclusive Practice Recognised 

We are delighted that the fabulous work on inclusive practice in Portsmouth has been recognised with Lyndhurst Junior School’s Inclusion Leader being invited to contribute to the Stonewall Children and Young People’s Conference last week.  Ms Helen Merel was asked to share the work that she has undertaken at LJS as an example of best practice, sharing the initiatives already in place at the school and future plans to support all children.  Helen is a Stonewall Mentor and as such is available to offer support and advice to other schools and practitioners are welcome to contact her via the LJS Office should they require support.

Project Orpheous - tackling extremism in partnership

Last week Portsmouth hosted 25 delegates from other coastal cities, universities and social service departments in France, Belgium and the Netherlands to begin a new project to develop new approaches to tackle extremism.

The 3 year EU funded project Orpheus will work in partnership to build resilience within young people, strengthen online safety measures and build a EU prevention model for violent extremism.

The project is supported by local charities and schools, in addition to the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who will distribute the findings when they become available.

If you would like your school to get involved please contact John Webster

More information

CAMHS Training Courses  2019

Managing Anxiety and Self-Harm

Anna Walker, LAC Clinical Team Lead

Melanie Wells, Highly Specialist Community Therapist

Thursday 24th October  2019 9am till 3.30pm

Portsmouth Academy Education and Learning Centre

Cost £80 per person (includes resource pack, power point and follow up session)

Anxiety and Self-harm is of great concern in Portsmouth’s children and young people.  This course will equip staff with the skills and confidence to work with young people who are suffering with anxiety and/or who are self harming.

Many young people who self-harm are using this as a way of managing overwhelming feelings of anxiety or distress, some may feel suicidal.  This workshop will enable you to use the self-harm care pathway and equip you with the confidence and strategies to support these young people.

We suggest that managers put forward staff who have the skills and confidence to disseminate this training to their colleagues as this course gives delegates the resources to do so.

Comments from previous training :-

‘This has been excellent training particularly with the resources provided’

‘Extremely useful direct tools to use’

‘This was excellent training, relevant, rich and expertly delivered’

Managing Anxiety Group work

Melanie Wells Highly Specialist Community Therapist

This course will run over 4 weekly twilight sessions  3 - 4.30pm at Portsmouth Academy

Learning Centre, Wednesday 25th Sept, 2nd, 9th, 16th October 2019

This workshop will equip you with the skills and resources to run an anxiety management group.

 Cost £80 per person (includes resources needed to run group and follow up session)

It is recommended that course participants have previously done the above course on anxiety or have a good knowledge as this one focuses on the group work aspect, not content theory

CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Training Day

Asha Gowda, Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist

Melanie Wells, Highly Specialist Community Therapist

Thursday 3rd October 2019

St Marys hospital

Cost £80 per person (includes resource pack and follow up session)

Schools report they seem to have more and more children presenting with neurodevelopmental traits such as ASD, ADHD, Sensory needs etc. This workshop will enable you to understand neurodiversity and equip you with the confidence and strategies to support these young people in school whether they have a diagnosis or not. There will be some pre reading given before this course.

We suggest that managers put forward staff who have the skills and confidence to disseminate this training to their colleagues as this course gives delegates the resources to do so.

All these courses can be booked through Melanie Wells at

LA updates

Data protection training for schools

The Corporate Information Governance team is considering how it can support any staff newly appointed to the role of School Data Protection Officer or those who have recently been given responsibility for any aspect of Data Protection but did not attend the workshop that was run in 2018. If there is sufficient demand, the team may be able to run another workshop or offer some training material to assist. Please email if you have any such training requirements or call Helen Magri/Natasha King on 02392688482 to discuss your needs.

Traded Services website upgrade

Over the summer holidays we will be doing some improvement work on the traded services website which will mean it looking rather different when you log in again in September. Schools colleagues who make regular use of the website are invited to come We invite you to come and meet the team to learn more at a session at the Civic Centre on Thursday 12th September at 14:00. To find out more and book a space see the Portsmouth Traded Services website or email


Solent NHS Vacancies

Do you have experience of working with children and would like a new challenge working in a community setting? Solent NHS Trust is recruiting for a part-time Therapy Assistant to develop their skills within our Portsmouth Children’s Community Team. You will primarily be working within our physiotherapy team but will also support our occupational and speech and language therapy teams too. For more information about this great opportunity, please quote job reference 449-CSP247 on the following NHS Jobs link -

Alternatively, you can contact Carol Quint directly on for an informal discussion.

 Are you looking for your next opportunity to work within a community therapy team for children’s services? Solent NHS Trust is recruiting for a full-time Associate Practitioner to lead a small team of therapy assistant within our Portsmouth and help to develop new service initiatives. We have developed an integrated model of working with Therapy teams working together to provide holistic models of care. For more information about this great opportunity, please quote job reference 449-CSP246 on the following NHS Jobs link -

Alternatively, you can contact Johanna Johnson on for an informal discussion.

City and Schools of Sanctuary

EMAS have been involved from the outset in helping to establish Portsmouth as a City of Sanctuary, which had a very successful launch earlier this month. Details can be found at

There is a sister movement to the City of Sanctuary scheme - Schools of Sanctuary. A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety. Two of our secondary schools are already well into the process and several other schools are considering becoming a School of Sanctuary in the near future. If you think it might be something that your school could be involved with, our EMAS Advisers will be more than happy to help you with the process. Information about the process can be found here:


Keeping Children Safe in Education

The draft Keeping Children Safe in Education document has been published on the government website.

Please note, however, it is for information purposes only at this stage and the 2018 documents must continue to be used until they are withdrawn on 2 September 2019.

Annex H of the draft document provides a table of substantive changes made in the draft since September 2018.

Further details are available on the government website:

Community Cohesion - Important dates


Child Criminal Exploitation / County Lines Awareness Workshop, Wednesday 17 July

Active Communities Network is offering a free workshop 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.

Widening Participation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Females, 3:00-6:00pm, Thursday 18 July, Somerstown Central Community Hub

An event for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic female students and their families to find out more about the barriers they face; opportunities for studying locally and at university; and an overview of apprenticeships. The event will also feature an exhibition and Q&A panel discussion.

Get involved in the International Day of Peace Community Celebration, Saturday 21 September, Southsea Fire Station

As part of the UN International Day of Peace partners from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Portsmouth City Council are planning a second community event at Southsea Fire Station. It will provide an opportunity to celebrate our city's rich diversity and promote a culture of peace in Portsmouth. We are asking community groups to get involved by running an activity, hosting a stall promoting your group, selling food, or volunteering. Please get in touch with Freida if you would like to get involved or would like mre information.  


Dates for your diary

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

Did you receive this email from a friend? Sign up here