PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 11 November 2019

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PEP Bulletin

11 November 2019

Preparing for study, work and life

EBP Get Inspired

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. Booking slots are available for a minimum of 2 hours, allocated on a first come, first served basis.

School improvement

Ofsted inspection reports: Springfield School and Milton Park Primary School

Reports for Springfield School and Milton Park Primary School are now available following recent school inspections.

Springfield School has been rated Good following a school inspection on 2-3 October 2019.

Pupils are happy and safe at this school. They behave well in lessons and around the
Leaders are determined to provide a high-quality education for all pupils, regardless
of their ability or circumstances. Leaders prioritise pupils’ personal development and

Full report

Milton Park Primary School has received an overall Requires Improvement rating following a school inspection on 9-10 October 2019. The school was rated Good for Behaviour and attitudes, Personal development, Leadership and management, and Early years provision.

This school has made big strides forward since the headteacher started in April 2018. Because staff have much higher expectations of pupils, there are better outcomes across the school. Pupils enjoy coming to school and like learning new things. They feel well supported by their teachers and friends.

Full report

Minor updates to Ofsted School Inspection Handbooks

The School Inspection Handbooks (for Section 5 and Section 8 inspections) have been updated with minor changes following the launch of the Education Inspection Framework in September 2019. The changes of note are highlighted in bold:
 - Clarification each report will contain, if appropriate, a separate paragraph that addresses the governance of the school
 - For maintained schools, the clerk to governors may also attend to take notes at the final feedback meeting
Confirmation that in primary schools, inspectors will always carry out a deep dive in reading; they may choose to carry out a deep dive in mathematics, but this is at the lead inspector’s discretion.

Pupil Premium

The DfE has updated its guidance on Pupil Premium: effective use and accountability. This details how school leaders can manage their pupil premium funding. It provides a useful overview for governors. Alongside the updated guidance, the DfE has provided information on how school leaders can write a pupil premium strategy statement. Suggested templates and sample statements are provided.

PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

The relevant DfE guidance has been updated for 2019/20, including a link to how much PE and sport premium funding schools will receive. Schools are accountable for their use of the PE and sport premium funding allocated to them. Schools are expected to only spend the grant for the purpose it was provided which is to make additional and sustainable improvements to the PE, sport and physical activity offered.

Education Inspection Framework (EIF) roadshows

Ofsted will soon be running a series of Education Inspection Framework (EIF) roadshows for primary and secondary schools. We are keen for providers to deepen their understanding of the curriculum thinking that underpins the ‘quality of education’ judgement.

These one-day events will offer the opportunity to learn about deep dives and early emerging findings from the EIF. We will be holding one primary and one secondary event in each region across the country. These events are aimed at curriculum leaders and headteachers. Three representatives from your school are welcome to attend. Each will need to register separately. Current Ofsted Inspectors (OIs) should not attend this event.

Spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are interested in attending this event, please register for your place here

Teaching for mastery

What is happening in primary maths, and what next?

A helpful report summarising the development and impact of the NCETM/Maths Hubs Primary Teaching for Mastery Programme at the end of the 2018/19 academic year is now available. Read the full report here.

If you or your school would like to participate in the Primary Teaching for Mastery Programme, contact your local Maths Hub via

Ofqual decision to adjust grading standards in GCSE French and German

On 5 November, Ofqual released the findings of their study into inter-subject comparability in GCSE modern foreign languages and announced their recommendation that grading standards in GCSE French and German should be adjusted.

For the full announcement, please explore the Ofqual news story.

Leadership, recruitment and retention


Teaching recruitment for 2020 underway!

At the same time as settling in our Initial Teacher Trainees for this academic year, the Portsmouth Teaching School is busy recruiting for next September 2020. With 25 applications for our Outstanding School Direct training already, Director of ITT Lynn Nicholls has begun the interview process for next year, once more bucking the national trend of the recruitment crisis in education. School Direct is a fantastic way to train to be a teacher as you are based in a school straight away and can get to understand the demands and rewards of the role more quickly as well as attending our fantastic training every week – such as Science through Farming (pictured above).

If you would like to know more about applying to train with the Portsmouth Teaching School, then please to get in touch at or come to one of our Train to Teach events.

Teacher Workload and Retention Conference

The Portsmouth Conference on Teacher Workload and Retention will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020. The event will enable Portsmouth head teachers and school leaders the chance to explore how to manage and reduce workload and improve teacher retention, whilst ensuring Portsmouth children receive the best possible education. We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers as:

  • Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education; and
  • Janine Ashman, Deputy Head of St Peter’s CE Primary, Somerset, and a member of the DFE working group on workload, who specialises in assessment.

Please save the date! Full details and booking arrangements to follow.

DfE School Governance Update - November 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) have issued their November school governance update which contains important news and communications relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts.

The November update includes information on:

 - DfE governance research project
 - Funding factsheet for governors and trustees
 - Financial planning training
 - Teacher recruitment and retention strategy
 - Career guidance for young people

Shaping Portsmouth Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Shaping Portsmouth Awards! Awards will be presented in Education, Community, and Business categories:

 - Education Award: for an educator or educational establishment that has gone above and beyond in supporting their pupils/students, or the City as a whole.
 - Community Award: for an individual who has benefitted a Community in the City, or a Community group making an outstanding contribution in their field.
 - Business Award:
 for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the business life of the City, or a business that has made a significant positive impact to the City.

If you know of an individual, team, or organisation deserving of recognition, nominate them by clicking here. The winners will be announced at the Shaping Portsmouth Conference on Friday 17th January 2020.

Curriculum and CPD

Maths Week England

Visualising the Climate Crisis: A competition for Year 5 to Year 13

This competition was designed as part of the AMSP's support for Maths Week England which will take place 11-16 November 2019. The aim of the week is to raise the profile of maths in England and encourage participation in the wonderful world of maths.

The AMSP has created resources which raise awareness of the impact of fast fashion on the climate. We are inviting students to turn their calculations into a data visualisation for our competition. The competition finalists will be judged by Mona Chalabi, data editor at The Guardian US.

For more information on where to find the resources for this competition and how to enter, please click here.

Outdoor Learning at The Portsmouth Academy

This academic year, The Portsmouth Academy has launched an Outdoor Learning programme run by a designated Outdoor Learning Lead. The Academy aims to offer all students opportunities to participate in a broad range of outdoor activities.

20 TPA students recently visited Outward Bound Aberdovey Centre in North Wales for a 5 day residential trip, as part of a UK-wide research project, conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, about the benefits of outdoor learning.

Please read more about Outdoor Learning at TPA here.

Outdoor Learning at The Portsmouth Academy

Moderation Training Update

Please be aware that the venue for the Moderation training sessions in 2020 has now been confirmed. Courses planned for the spring and summer terms will now take place at The Marriott Hotel, Southampton Road, Portsmouth, PO6 4SH. The courses affected are:

 - SCH/20/11 - Year 6 Teachers Training - 22 January 2020 from 13:00 - 16:00
 - SCH/20/12 - Year 2 Teachers Training - 23 January 2020 from 09:00 - 16:00
 - SCH/20/9 - Year 2 Moderation Event - 22 April 2020 from 09:00 - 16:00
 - SCH/20/10 - Year 6 Moderation Event - 23 April 2020 from 13:00 - 16:00

Please note that there will be no charge for parking at these sessions BUT all drivers MUST register at one of the 4 keypads at the reception desk in the hotel - failure to do so will result in a fine being issued and we will not be able to get this removed in retrospect.

We still have places available on these sessions so please use the links above to book - or, if you have issues booking, please contact who will be happy to help. As this is an external venue we will not be able to accommodate attendees who arrive on the day without having pre-booked a place on the course.

Primary Languages Hub Meeting - Games with Aims (French and Spanish)

Thursday 21 November 2019 @ 16:00 - Cottage Grove Primary School, Southsea

We are very fortunate to be able to welcome a super primary languages practitioner, Ellie Chettle Cully, who is travelling from the Midlands to our next meeting of the Portsmouth Primary Hub. Come along to our meeting and discover how we can use games to engage, motivate and ensure progression for even the most reluctant primary linguists.


Sleep Out 2019

The Society of St James annual Sleep Out will take place on 15 November 2019 in Portsmouth, which will see teams and individuals sleep under the stars next to social enterprise café, the Café in the Park. They aim to raise as much as £18,000 during the event, which will go towards supporting vulnerable people with a history of homelessness.

Find out more and register here.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Character education framework

The DfE has published guidance for school leaders and teachers considering the rationale for character education and personal development, and the practicalities of provision and delivery. The guidance provides schools with 6 benchmarking questions to support reflection and the self-evaluation of current provision.

Read now

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)

Post 16 and higher education

Expand your skillset with Adult Education at Portsmouth College!

We have just released our new courses for January 2020, ranging from Yoga, Hula Hooping and Accountancy/Book keeping to Sugar Craft and Asian/Italian/Indian cookery workshops. Come and expand your knowledge, meet likeminded people, pick up some new skills and have fun along the way! These courses also make excellent gifts if you’re struggling for inspiration this Christmas…

To find out more and apply visit:

We look forward to welcoming you in the New Year!

LA updates

School and college security

The DfE has this week published new guidance for school leaders to help them manage school and college security. The guidance includes practical advice on policies and plans and sets out relevant legislation, more.

The publication of this new guidance follows on from a consultation in autumn 2018 on draft guidance. The outcome of that exercise and the DfE’s response to it has also been published this week.

Fostering panel members needed

Portsmouth City Council is responsible for delivering a Fostering Panel to consider the suitability of people who wish to be approved as foster carers and supported lodgings carers for Portsmouth children and Care Leavers. The Fostering Panel also considers the long term linking of looked after children to suitable foster carers.

In order to make competent decisions we need sufficient panel members with a range of skills and knowledge in child care, including education. We therefore would like to recruit education workers from local schools to contribute to this crucial process. It is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience, which in turn will help with career progression.

The time commitment involved is approximately 1 day a month (including reading time for panel papers). You will draw on both personal and professional knowledge and experience to address diversity issues, promote anti-discriminatory practice and contribute to  recommendations about the suitability of applicants to care for our looked after children. The Fostering Panel meets monthly at the Civic Offices Portsmouth on a Tuesday.

Please contact Annita Andreou or Gill Burtwell (contact details below) if you are interested in becoming a Fostering Panel member or for an informal discussion to find out more about the role. Ensure you have the agreement of your manager prior to applying for this role as it will be inclusive of your existing role.

E:  T: 02392 437 696
E:  T: 023 9284 1261

Change of Head of Service, Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Kate Freeman has retired from her post as Head of Service for Looked After Children and Care Leavers. Her replacement is Danielle Tully (

Dates for your diary

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

14 November 2019
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

27 November 2019
Workshop: Diversity in Infant Junior and Primary School
2.30 - 5.00 pm
Book via Portsmouth Learning Gateway (Course Code SCH/19/41)

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

22 January 2020
Accessing the curriculum for pupils with EAL
3.45 - 5.15 pm
Email or tel 023 9273 3130

11 February 2020
Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair
4.30 - 6.30 pm
Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth, PO5 4HL

12 February 2020
Safeguarding - implications for BME pupils
3.45 - 5.15 pm
Email or tel 023 9273 3130

25 February 2020
Designated teacher training - Virtual school : Session B
1.30 - 3.30 pm
Email or tel 023 9268 8076

5 March 2020
Teacher Workload and Retention Conference

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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