PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 14 October 2019

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PEP Bulletin

14 October 2019

Early years

A day in life of Year R - support for those supporting in Year R

Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 1-3.30pm

Have you recently started working in Year R? Are you enjoying it? Are you confused? Are you wondering how it can be so different to key stage 1?

This workshop is for teaching assistants and teachers who are new to year R or who want to develop their understanding of the principles and practices of the EYFS. We will explore the world of making observations, delve into the role of the adult in child initiated play and consider how we can make the biggest impact on learning in the early years.

By the end of this workshop you will:
- Understand the principles of the EYFS
- Know how to make effective and informative observations
- Be able to confidently take yourself into child initiated play and move learning forwards

Book via

Curriculum and CPD

SACRE advice document

Portsmouth SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) provides advice to Portsmouth Local Authority and advises them on Religious Education and Collective Worship for schools in the area.

This document has been produced to help give further advice on issues that schools may face when teaching Religious Education or when they encounter issues or receive queries that involve religion or belief.

View the document

2020 national curriculum assessments calendar

Important dates for primary schools to plan for the 2020 key stages 1 and 2 tests (commonly called SATs), teacher assessment and the phonics screening check.

View the calendar here.

NQT Autumn Term Workshops


The first of our programme of workshops specifically for NQTs takes place on Thursday 17th October...either morning or afternoon sessions are available. Please see the attached flyer for all the details, or contact me on


PACE+ Approach Courses

Sigma Teaching School Alliance are offering a free opportunity to all staff from Portsmouth schools to learn practical, evidence-based strategies in order to be able to work successfully with children and young people with SEMH needs. This training is fully funded through the DfE Innovation Fund (as part of Turnaround Project).

Click to learn more and view the course dates for Spring and Summer 2020.

Solent Maths Hub update

Solent Maths Hub

The latest update from Solent Maths Hub is available to read here.

Springhill English Hub support

The Springhill English Hub supports other schools to deliver excellent early language and phonics teaching in reception and Key Stage 1. More information and the registration form available here.

Planning INSET days? We can be booked to deliver DfE accredited Letters and Sounds training.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Triple P

Triple P Primary and Teen Discussion Groups

Click below to view the dates for upcoming Triple P Primary and Teen Discussion Groups.

Triple P Primary Discussion Groups (Age 5-12 yrs)

Teen Triple P Discussion Groups (Age 12-16 yrs)

CAMHS Managing Anxiety and Self Harm Training Day

Just a reminder that there are still places left on the CAMHS Managing Anxiety and Self Harm Training Day on Thursday 24th October 2019 at Portsmouth Academy Education and Learning Centre.

Cost £80 - Please note this is the last time this course will be offered at this price

See attached for further information

Please contact to book this course or any bespoke training your school may require.

Orpheus and Prevent update

This bulletin will now reflect the on-going work of Project Orpheus alongside any local or national Prevent updates. Read the October 2019 update here.

Unicef UK's Rights Respecting Schools Award

Unicef Rights Respecting Schools

Unicef UK's Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA supports schools across the UK to embed children's rights in their ethos and culture. The Award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school's practice to improve wellbeing and help all children reach their potential.

To learn more about the Award and find out what it takes to become a Rights Respecting School, visit the website. For further information and advice please contact:

Julia Wisbey
Senior Leader Personal Development
Director of Performance
Admiral Lord Nelson School

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Portsmouth Inclusion Conference

6th Annual Portsmouth Inclusion Conference

The 6th annual Portsmouth Inclusion Conference took place on 10th October. The theme of the conference this year was leadership and inclusion. Keynote presentations were delivered by Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of the National Association of Special Educational Needs, and Gareth Morewood, specialist leader of education and national speaker on inclusive education. There were also a range of high quality workshops led by Portsmouth professionals on topics including 'leading an inclusive' school and 'exploring practical approaches for addressing barriers to inclusion'.

The conference was attended by 125 head teachers, senior leaders, SENCos and other professionals from education, health and social care. Some of the feedback on this year's conference:

'An excellent day - one of the best conferences so far! Thank you'
'As always a useful and inspiring day. I loved how all sessions had practical ideas'
'Really well organised and great speakers!'
'This conference always inspires me to go back to school and implement change'

Portsmouth Inclusion Conference 2

SEND ice skating sessions

The ice rink at Guildhall Square opens on 23 November - 5 January.

Tickets can be booked via the Portsmouth Ice Skating website and the rink is wheelchair user friendly for all sessions.

Portsmouth Ice Skating will be hosting dedicated SEND sessions. Held during term-time weekdays, SEND sessions (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) will keep noise, and visitor numbers, low to create a calm, welcoming atmosphere on the rink for visitors with special educational needs and disabilities.

Portsmouth Ice Skating

Tickets are bookable via the Portsmouth Ice Skating website with adult tickets costing £10.50 and child tickets £9. Family bundles and off-peak season tickets available with full details on the website.

LA updates

Transfer to Secondary School 2020

The national closing date for secondary transfer applications is fast approaching - Friday 31st October 2019 (which falls during half term).

We would be grateful if all junior and primary schools could start highlighting the above deadline to parents in any relevant school communications e.g. newsletters, text messages and on your website.

As we approach closing date, we will also be providing you with lists of children who have not yet applied and would ask you to assist us in chasing these parents up. As you will be very aware, a late application considerably lessens the chance of a child being allocated one of their preference schools.

We would like 100% of Y6 parents requiring secondary placement for their child to make an on-time application, we'd be grateful for your help in achieving this.

Contact Sarah Rich 023 9268 8589 (direct line - for schools' use only) or

Building Safer Communities

Join your local workshop and share your ideas for making your area safer by tackling these key issues:

- Young people at risk of exploitation
- Domestic violence
- Substance misuse
- Anti-social behaviour (ASB) 


Dates for your diary

21 October 2019
Year 2 Teachers Training for Reading and Maths
9.00 - 4.00 at the Training and Learning Centre
Click here to book a place

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

31 October 2019
Governor Training - Safeguarding children, basic awareness
4.30 - 6pm - £45
Book now

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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