PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 23 September 2019

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PEP Bulletin

23 September 2019

Preparing for study, work
and life

Get Inspired Portsmouth 2020

EBP South Ltd is proud to be hosting ‘Get Inspired Portsmouth’ on Wednesday 22nd January 2020, at Portsmouth Guildhall. 

In line with Aspirations Week, 10 -16 year olds are invited to attend in order to raise their awareness, enthusiasm and excitement by finding out what their local City has to offer. It is not a recruitment fair, but an inspiring, interactive event showcasing the diverse industry sectors available.

The event is FREE OF CHARGE.

Please click here to reserve your places, free of charge. Booking slots are available for a minimum of 2 hours, allocated on a first come, first served basis.

School improvement

Portsmouth More Able Network 2019-2020

The Portsmouth More Able Network is an enthusiastic forum that brings together all the More Able teaching and planning across the city. We will collaborate and share good practice on areas such as: curriculum planning; skills and resources; EAL/Disadvantaged/Girls/Boys foci; tracking and intervention. Open to all school phases.

Learn more

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Voting now open for the My Teacher on a Postcard competition!

Teach Portsmouth

Following our challenge to schools and pupils in Portsmouth, we have received over 2000 postcard entries to our My Teacher on a Postcard competition. This is a fantastic response and shows how highly pupils regard their current or previous teachers. After a rigorous and challenging short listing process by the judges, we have the finalists!

Please help us choose the winners by visiting the Teach Portsmouth website to view the finalists and add your votes, and encouraging staff and pupils' families to vote too.

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday 2nd October 2019.

Vote now

Teach Portsmouth Week - School Activities

Teach Portsmouth

Thank you to all schools who have been in touch to let us know about the exciting activities you'll be undertaking during Teach Portsmouth Week (30 September - 4 October 2019). If you are yet to let us know what you have planned, please do get in contact so we can work with you and ensure we promote and highlight activities from as many schools as possible. Please email us at

Governor training courses

We were delighted to welcome 12 new Portsmouth governors to an induction session on 17 September. The training was very well received, with governors valuing information about education in Portsmouth, an introduction to the role of governor, and the chance to network with other new governors.

Our October training offer for governors includes courses on finance (maintained schools only), governor responsibilities for Looked After Children, safeguarding, and inclusion. We will be repeating the induction session in January 2020. For more information or to book see the traded services website or email

Academies and Maintained Schools – School Governance Update

The Department for Education has published their first 'School Governance Update', detailing the latest important news and communications relating to school governance in both maintained schools and academies.

Academies and Maintained Schools – Governance Resources

On 17 September 2019, the Department for Education published two collection pages which bring together a range of governance related links and resources for governors in both Maintained Schools and Academies.

Curriculum and CPD

NQT Mentor Training

Following our very successful, revamped NQT Welcome Meeting last week, this is just a reminder of the NQT mentor training which will take place this coming Wednesday.  Sessions are available both morning and afternoon at no charge if your NQTs are registered with the PTSA.

Please see the attached poster for further details, search on the drop down menu on the homepage of the PTSA website ( in September for "Mentors Only", or contact


Children Celebrate BBC Music Day

Portsmouth Music Hub

Portsmouth Music Hub will bring together more than 1200 children from schools across Portsmouth to celebrate BBC Music Day in style when they join The Jive Aces Swing Band on the steps of the Guildhall for a very special performance of Bring Me Sunshine.

The Jive Aces

BBC Music Day, on Thursday 26 September, is a national day of music-making with concerts and special events taking place across the country, and this year the children of Portsmouth will bring their own unforgettable performance to the heart of the city.

To find out more and be part of a magical musical performance visit

Upcoming training sessions from the Science Learning Partnership

The Science Learning Partnership (SLP) for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, also covering Southampton and Portsmouth, is now being led by Saint George Catholic College in Southampton. Click the links below or visit the website to learn more about upcoming training sessions and book your place.


Leading Science In Primary Schools and PASTA AGM

Medina Primary School - Thursday 3rd October 2019 - 4.15p.m. – 5.30p.m.

Come and meet Alex Crawley, science coordinator at Sharps Copse Primary, who will share his experience of leading this subject at Primary level and together we can discuss the challenges and joys of the role as well as our hopes for the year ahead.

To book a place, please email Kjersti Eldrid:


Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth Young Carers Service Training Opportunity

Portsmouth Young Carers Service invite you to attend a free twilight training session that will:

  • Develop your understanding of who young carers are and the challenges that they may face
  • Explore the impact their caring role may have on their education and learning
  • and more.

If you'd like to attend, please select a session from the attached flyer and contact to book your place.


U Matter Service

The 'U Matter' Counselling Service has changed the age range of children that they work with. The Service is now available to anyone aged 8 to 18 years old who lives in the Portsmouth area (postcodes PO1 to PO6).

Further details on all the main services available in Portsmouth for children and young people with emotional or mental health needs (up to 25 years of age) are available here.

Simon Says Conference

Simon Says, the child bereavement support organisation, are holding their first ever bereavement conference on Friday 22 November 2019 at Chilworth Manor. The conference is for anyone who works with or supports bereaved children, young people and their families.


Prejudicial Language and Behaviour Toolkit

Next month sees the launch of the Prejudicial Language and Behaviour toolkit and resource suite, taking place in Ashburton Hall, Hampshire County Council, EII Court, Winchester, SO23 8TF on October 15th, from 2-5pm.

This launch event is for Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight schools to support them in recognising, recording and responding to prejudicial language and behaviour in their school communities. The event will allow attendees:

  • To familiarise themselves with the new pan-Hampshire tracking tool and other resources
  • Clarification of what constitutes prejudicial language/behaviour
  • Opportunities to explore cross boundary networking
  • An introduction to support, training and resources available

This free event is aimed at head teachers and pastoral leads within schools.

The Blue Apple Theatre will be performing their latest play, titled “See No Evil” which aims to raise awareness of hate crime and the exploitation of people with learning disabilities.

The event is now fully suscribed but, as there are currently no schools from Portsmouth attending, the team have agreed to set up a new booking link on Eventbrite, just for Portsmouth schools to be able to attend.

LA updates

Portsmouth vs Southampton Football Match 24th September

Message from Robert Mitchell, Chief Inspector, Portsmouth District

Dear Head teacher,

I am writing to you to seek your support in raising some awareness to provide safeguarding to your students and your staff. Over the next few days, Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers, will be visiting establishments and residential addresses within the locality of Fratton Park to deliver a message of safety and reassurance.

As you are probably aware, Portsmouth and Southampton have been drawn in the Carabao Cup to play at 19:45 hours on Tuesday 24th September 2019. The game is likely to be a sell out with around 20,000 people visiting Fratton Park. 2,000 tickets have been allocated to Southampton.

Full message

October School Census - Thursday 3rd October 2019

LA deadline is Thursday 10th October. Please ensure that you meet this deadline to enable the detailed post census data checking reports to be created and sent back to you. These reports will help you to validate your data to ensure its accuracy. If you cannot submit on time please contact us ASAP. Academies that purchase EIS SLA, please send a copy of your school census to the LA via SSE and inform us when it is there.

All schools must have an approved return on COLLECT by Wednesday 30th October. After this time, even though the final date has passed, DfE may still require your school to make changes to your census.

A familiarisation blade is currently available for schools to check that the required data is being output correctly from the MIS to COLLECT, and if any validation errors or queries are generated against their data. This blade will close at 4pm on Friday 27th September.

For further information please call 02392841078 or email

Updates from the Virtual School

An update from the Virtual School is now available to read, including information on upcoming Designated Teacher training, governor training, the multi-authority Virtual Schools conference, and the Attachment Aware Schools Project.

Read it now

Statutory policies for schools and academy trusts

The government has updated its guidance on statutory policies for schools and academy trusts. Read the full guidance here.

Dates for your diary

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
3.45 - 5.15 pm - EMAS Training Room, Civic Offices, Floor 1 Core 6
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 - 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 - 6.00 pm - EMAS Training Room, Civic Offices, Floor 1 Core 6
Email or tel 023 9273 3130

5 December 2019
Ofsted and pupils with EAL
3.45 - 5.15 pm - 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
4.00 - 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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