PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 9 September 2019

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PEP Bulletin

9 September 2019

School improvement

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the education inspection framework has been published. It outlines the evidence that inspectors will look for during inspections and sets out the judgements they will make.


Early years

Early Years Training

New or returning to Year R cluster
24.09.19        16:00-17:30   Copnor Primary School
This cluster will enable teachers or TAs who are new to or who have recently returned to Year R to build their understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the EYFS Profile.

Book all of your training on the Portsmouth Services Network or email

EYFS Managers in schools cluster
01.10.19         16:00-17:30   Devonshire Infant School
This cluster is an opportunity for EYFS Managers in schools or Lead Year R teachers to meet to discuss how they can effectively lead the EYFS and develop practice and provision in Year R.

Book all of your training on the Portsmouth Service Network or email

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth


Teach Portsmouth Week - School Activities

Teach Portsmouth Week is just four weeks away. We are encouraging all schools to undertake an activity - or more - during the week. Please let us know what you are doing as part of the celebrations, as we would like to work with you and make sure we promote and highlight activities from as many schools as possible. This is a great opportunity to show how much we value teachers, so please email and let us know what you are up to.
If you are able to tell us your plans by Monday 23rd September, that would be great!


My Teacher on a Postcard competition and exhibition

Teach Portsmouth

There will be a public vote for the shortlisted entries from the Teacher on a Postcard competition. We will let you know when voting opens and would ask for your support in promoting the public vote far and wide to your parents, staff, community and beyond. It will be a fairly short voting period - probably about ten days. The winners will be announced at the Teach Portsmouth Awards evening.

The Teacher on a Postcard Exhibition will take place at HIVE on the lower ground floor of Portsmouth Central Library on the Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st of October from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit. Please promote this in your newsletters and on your website.  


Teach Portsmouth Awards Ceremony

Teach Portsmouth

The Teach Portsmouth Awards Ceremony takes place on the evening of 4th October 2019 at The Gaiety Bar, South Parade Pier.

Invitations will be sent this week. All schools are invited to have two places at the formal awards ceremony. In addition, all nominees will be invited to the ceremony. Following the formal ceremony, all school colleagues are invited to join us from 8.30 for the remainder to the evening. Please share this information with your staff teams.

We really hope that as many staff as possible can join us for this celebration.

Governors' Induction Session

The new governors' induction session is now being offered FREE of charge. The session with Mike Stoneman, National Leader of Governance Dai Thomas, and Alison Critchley will take place on Tuesday 17 September from 4.30 - 6.00 at the Civic Offices. Please encourage your new governors to book places via the Traded Services website or by emailing

Looking for school governors?

Portsmouth Together are holding a 'Volunteering Fair' on Saturday 21 September. They will be sharing our governor recruitment flyer, but are also keen to have information about current governor vacancies so that they can signpost potential volunteers. To advise of your current vacancies please email, including brief information about any particular skills or experience you are looking for.

NQT Welcome Meeting

Welcome to what will be doubtless another busy year....and for NQTs and their mentors, September is no exception! The revamped NQT Welcome Meeting for this year's cohort is being held on Wednesday 18th September and personal invitations will shortly be going out. We look forward to seeing as many NQTs and Mentors from 3.30pm onwards at the Portsmouth Academy, where NQTs will have opportunities to network with others in similar settings and mentors will be briefed on access to on-line, shared Induction resources. For any further questions, please contact

School attendance

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Aspirations Week 2020

Don’t forget to HOLD THE DATE of 20 - 24 January 2020 for Aspirations Week in support of the school attendance campaign. Materials from this year's trial week at Wimborne Junior School, along with other school attendance materials can be found in the Primary School section of the resources page at and more will be added in due course. We will be encouraging schools to participate and will be in touch again after October half term.

Curriculum and CPD

Fun Palaces

Portsmouth Libraries will join hundreds of Fun Palaces nationally and internationally set to explode with free and fun activities for all on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019. A Fun Palace is a community created event sharing and celebrating the skills of everyone. We're opening our libraries to YOU as a free venue to teach a skill or share knowledge. If you're interested in creating a learning opportunity for the community contact


Holocaust Educational Trust's 'Lessons from Auschwitz' Project

Since 1999, over 39,500 students and teachers have taken part in the Holocaust Educational Trust's ground-breaking Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Based on the premise that 'hearing is not like seeing', this four-part course - which includes two seminars and a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau - explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.

Details of the projects, including key dates and how to apply can be found here on the website. Staff are also on hand to answer any questions you may have - please call 020 7222 4761 or email

Portsmouth School Library Service Open Week

Monday 30 September - Friday 4 October
Come along any time in the week of 30 September to browse our well-stocked shelves and pick the team's brains on all that the school library service can offer! If you want to find out more about anything from Meet the Author events to e-books to library management systems, or discuss how to take your school library to the next level we can help. Refreshments are available too!

Phone 02392 326612 or email to let us know when you'd like to visit.

Maths Hub Bulletin

The latest Maths Hub Bulletin is now available to read here.

September training with the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is ready to go with a packed programme of free and low-cost CPD and Networks running throughout the year. To book your place, please see the links below for our September courses or visit

Emotional health and wellbeing

Vaccination update

From this month (September 2019), Year 8 boys as well as girls will be routinely offered the HPV vaccination to help protect against cervical and some other cancers. You can find out more on the NHS website. You can also order leaflets to provide to parents here and if you wanted to run anything on your social media channels there are graphics you can use here. Public Health England (PHE) are also urging parents of children starting school to check that they're up to date with their vaccinations to reduce the risk of them catching a serious disease. You can read more from PHE on this here. Please communicate this message to parents of year R children using your channels.

Updated physical activity briefing

Public Health England's resource, What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity, has been updated. The revised document presents a framework of eight principles for schools and colleges to follow when taking a whole-school approach to increasing physical activity. It includes links to Ofsted inspection criteria and local practice examples for primary, secondary school and colleges. The resource takes account of the DHSC UK Physical Activity Guidelines, set originally in 2011, which are due to be updated later this year.

Alcohol interventions in secondary and further education

NICE has published a guideline on school-based interventions to combat alcohol-use disorders aimed at local authorities, teachers and others working in the education sector, including in special schools and further education settings. Schools are in a good position to deliver effective action, a 2016 review concluded, whereas education messages by the alcohol industry had no significant public health effects.

CAMHS Training Autumn 2019

Places are still available on the following training courses this autumn:

  • Managing anxiety Group work - starts 25 September 2019
  • Neurodevelopmental training - 3 October 2019
  • Managing Anxiety and Self harm - 24 October 2019

Please find attached more information on these courses.

Email to book.

One year countdown to statutory Relationship, Health and Sex Education

The Sex Education Forum has developed a poster-style document setting out 10 steps to providing high quality Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), including hyperlinked buttons to resources to support school leaders. The PSHE Association has developed a PSHE Leaders Starter Pack which will help schools with some of the steps. The full range of documents can be accessed by those who have membership with the PSHE Association either directly or via the PSHE Traded Service offered by Portsmouth City Council. Schools interested in signing up the Traded Service Offer can find out more here. There's also a conference on the 'Final countdown to statutory RSE' being held in London on the 29 November, which might be of interest. Early bird rates are available until mid-September.

Pathways to LGBT+ inclusion project

Diversity Role Models is offering training for secondary schools on LGBT+ inclusion, which is offered free of charge as it is funded by the Government's Equality Office.

Visit the website for more information and to register your interest.

Portsmouth Young Carers Service: Focused Work with Schools and Colleges

September 2019 - February 2020
As part of our recent Service Review schools and colleges who responded to our questionnaire said that they would appreciate more direct advice and support from us in order to ensure that the young carers in their settings needs are being met. In response to this we are offering all Secondary Schools and Colleges in Portsmouth the opportunity to book a range of 'Team Around the Worker' support. This will initially take the form of free staff training sessions, together with opportunities for the delivery of assemblies and support to set up Young Carers Groups within our secondary provisions.

Read the full update here.

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) resources

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) has been identified by NHS England as a priority area in healthcare. The NSPCC have created evidence-based resources which help frontline practitioners across the UK respond to children and young people displaying HSB, mitigate risk and prioritise children's safety. They've also provided guidance to help strategic leads assess and improve the local area response to HSB and strengthen multi-agency working.

View the resources here.

Sex Education Forum resources

Additional information on advice and training on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) from the Sex Education Forum is now available on the PEP website.

Update from School Nursing Service

Information about the School Nursing Service, Health Related Absence Programme, and School Aged Immunisation Programme can be found here.

LA updates

2019/20 School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) pay award

The 2019/20 School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) pay award, is in an extended period of consultation. The information that we are receiving at the moment is that a 2.75% uplift will apply across all pay ranges. This is a significant increase from previous years. However, this year there is no current provision of additional funding to contribute towards this increased cost.  HR will shortly be commencing formal consultation with all LA maintained schools on the application of the STPCD pay award.

This proposed increase to teachers pay is also compounded by this year's increased pension contributions. The DfE announced that in addition to the teacher's pension employer contribution grant, schools will be able to apply for a supplementary grant to provide additional support where there is a 0.05% shortfall between the grant and actual cost. This supplementary grant will be based on the schools' actual pension costs as at 30th November 2019.

Therefore, in order to secure as much funding as possible, it is imperative to try and get the 2019/20 STPCD pay award implemented and paid in the November pay. Whilst implementation is mostly reliant on the STPCD being agreed, in order to meet the deadline, all schools will need to have ratified their decision to adopt the model pay policy by 25th October 2019.  

HR must be notified of any governing body decision to not adopt the model pay policy by 25th October 2019.

If you have any questions on either the consultation process and timeline or finance please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Consultation and Timeline queries please contact Gemma Bulloch on 02392841213 or

Finance queries please contact Kim Jones on 0239284 1722 or

Keeping children safe in education have updated the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment. The September 2019 version is now in force and replaces previous versions.


Traded Services website briefing session

The Traded Services team is offering a free briefing session for school business managers and finance managers on the new look traded services website at the Civic Offices on Thursday 12 September from 14.00-15.30. Colleagues can book here or by emailing

Please note the new address for the traded services website:

School Census Guidance 2019/20

Please be aware that DfE have updated the format in which the School Census Guidance is presented. From 2019/20 the School Census Guidance will no longer be available as a downloadable pdf but instead is replaced by a web based manual. The link for this new manual is as follows: ( Currently only information pertaining to the autumn 2019 census is available.

For further information please call 023 9284 1078 or email

Education Information Services School Data Manager Meetings Autumn 2019

Education Information Services will be running their first meetings for 2019/20 towards the end of September 2019. These are aimed at staff responsible for school data (including head teachers, finance officers, MIS managers and admin officers) and each school can have two delegates (with the possibility of a third if there are places).

Invites were sent in Summer 2019 and we would like to thank all who have booked places so far. Confirmation emails have been sent to these schools in the first week of term.

The sessions will be in the Civic Offices in Conference Room A and are scheduled for:

  • Monday 23rd September 2019 (10:00 am -12:00 pm)
  • Friday 27th September 2019 (10:00 am -12:00 pm)
  • Monday 30th September 2019 (10:00 am -12:00 pm)

If you would like to book places and haven't done so, please contact for further information regarding availability by Wednesday 11th September 2019.

Open Letter on Climate Change from Cllr Dave Ashmore

Councillor Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, has written an open letter addressing the climate change emergency.

Read the letter

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children's Partnership (PSCP)

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children's Partnership (PSCP) has replaced the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children's Board (PCSB). The PSCP's functions remain broadly unchanged and are set out on the PEP website. For more detailed information see the PSCP website.

Dates for your diary

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

18 September 2019
Frontline staff: The census and communicating with parents
1.00 - 3.00 pm - EMAS Training Room, Civic Offices, Floor 1 Core 6
Email or tel 023 9273 3130

23 September 2019
New SENCo induction
2 - 5 pm - Conference Room B, Civic Offices
Contact Sarah Christopher

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
Visit the website for more information

4 October 2019
Teach Portsmouth Awards Evening
Visit the website for more information

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

9 October 2019
Teaching 'New Arrivals' with little or no English
EMAS Training Room, Civic Offices, Floor 1 Core 6
3.45 - 5.15 pm
Email or tel 023 9273 3130

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

29 - 31 October 2019
Teacher on a Postcard Exhibition
9.30 am to 6.00 pm - HIVE, Portsmouth Central Library
Visit the website for more information

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

SENCo Network Meeting
1.15 pm - Stamshaw Junior School
Contact Sarah Christopher

19 November 2019
Governors: Raising the attainment of BME pupils and those with EAL
4.30 - 6.00pm
EMAS Training Room, Civic Offices, Floor 1 Core 6
Email or tel 023 9273 3130

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 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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