PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 18 November 2019

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PEP Bulletin

18 November 2019

Leadership, recruitment and retention

My Teacher on a Postcard - presenting the awards

Teach Portsmouth

We are busy visiting assembly at nine schools to present the awards. There are 3 overall winners in each category, 10 pupils who were highly commended and 4 judge's choice winners. The level of excitement from the children has been very high, with lots of applause as the certificates and medals were presented. Seven lucky children won £25 gift card for their postcards. Their schools will also benefit and receive a book of all of the postcards submitted by their school. Thank you to everyone who took part. The competition has certainly been a success and we look forward to devising next year's competition!

Teacher on a Postcard Award Presentations

Teacher Training Advisers

Teacher Training Advisers (TTAs) provide one-to-one support to candidates and help them to navigate their journey to ITT. In ITT2019 alone they supported over 20,000 prospective candidates with their applications. For ITT2020, TTAs will offer support to all graduates wishing to train to teach in any subject. They will also assist candidates up to two years away from applying, including first and second-year undergraduate students, to help them prepare for teacher training in the future.

Candidates can contact the team via telephone on 0800 389 2500, or register on the Get into Teaching website.

Curriculum and CPD

Computing Network launch

Computing Network

This week saw the launch of the Computing Network, schools came together to discuss the new Ofsted Framework and the role of the subject lead. There was a great buzz in the room and we are looking forward to the next meeting on 13/02/20,16:00-17:30.

If you would like to attend the next meeting visit

I Am Only Human After All Flyer

I Am Only Human After All 2

Portsmouth Film Society has a new film-making course for young people aged between 10 and 16, starting in January 2020. Funded by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, and supported by Hampshire Constabulary and Strong Island, the free course will provide the opportunity for young people living in Portsmouth to tell their stories and reflect on their experiences on themes related to crime and justice.

To take part or for more information email: or call 07854700126.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Miltoncross Academy Wellbeing Award

Miltoncross Academy presented with Wellbeing Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been presented with a Wellbeing Award, by Award Place through Optimus Education.

This whole-school award is given for effective practice and provision that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of staff and students. The award has a focus on developing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all. We are incredibly proud to have received this award and to be the first School in Portsmouth to do so!

Schools LGBTQ+ workshop

The focus will be around a universal understanding of LGBTQ+ implementation in School environments, it will include :-

 - Relevant LGBTQ+ terminologies and contexts
 - Initiating Safe spaces and having conversations with young people
 - Implementing and embedding into school culture & ethos

Friday 13th December
9:30 Arrival
10:00 Start - 13:00 finish

Booking via:

Educate Against Hate website refresh

It’s now easier to find the resources you need… A number of website improvements have just been officially launched on the Educate Against Hate website.

Improvements include:

 - Simplified homepage navigation
 - Clearer sign-posting of what the site can offer
 - Dynamic ‘popular resources’ on the home page
 - More informative resource descriptions
 - Option to sign up to our new newsletter (which we will start sending monthly after the election)
 - A new search function including advanced filtering!

Educate Against Hate

Be Internet Citizens Train The Teacher

We are delighted to invite you to Be Internet Citizens Train The Teacher. This event aims to equip those that work in Secondary or Further Education, with the tools to teach young people how to be safe users of the web and encourage them to be positive voices online.

Join us and network with other local teachers, in order to exchange ideas of best practice when exploring sensitive online issues with our ‘Digital Natives’. Let’s ensure our young people have sufficient education to help them become emotionally mature, critical thinking ‘Internet Citizens’. Let our expert facilitators guide you through an interactive training day, that will deconstruct complex topics in a unique, fun first approach.

Who? Secondary Educators
When? Friday 13th December 2019
Where? Google Digital Garage, Portsmouth

Register your free place today and join the #BeInternetCitizens movement.

Free health and wellbeing training

If you'd like to understand more about alcohol, so that you can give brief advice on this - whether to pupils or outside of work, there is free training available at the Civic from 9.30am - 12.30pm on Tuesday 12 December.

There will also be Connect 5 training coming up in early 2020. This is an accredited mental health promotion training programme, which is delivered in three parts. Session 1 is a half day where you'll get the skills and confidence to talk with people about their mental health and wellbeing as well as understanding self-help tools and services available. Sessions 2 and 3 are full days providing more in-depth skills and knowledge for those working closely with people experiencing poor mental health. The dates are: Part 1: Thursday 16 January - pm, Part 2: Thursday 23 January, Part 3: Thursday 6 February.

For more information or to book contact Jan Byng on 023 92 294001 (option 2) /

Communities Against Cancer

If you, or someone you know, works with people in the community outside of work, and would like to help them reduce their risk of cancer you may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £700 from Action Hampshire to help raise awareness about cancer in your community. The project aims to benefit people who are less likely to know how to look after their health or are less able to do so. Find out more:

School buildings and school places

Charter Secondary Expansion Poject

Charter secondary expansion project - Steelworks ceremony

Caroline Corcoran and Chris Williams attended the ceremony at Charter Academy on 11th November 2020. A group of pupils from the School Council represented the pupils. Emily Morey (Headteacher) made a short speech as did the contractor, Midas. Then everyone present signed the last steel girder in the frame for the building before the crane lifted it into place. This is a significant moment in the project and the scale of the new building was evident. The project at Charter is one of three secondary expansion projects which are due to complete for the 2020/21 academic year. The other two projects are at The Portsmouth Academy, and Admiral Lord Nelson School.

LA updates

Switched On Portsmouth website launch

Switched On Portsmouth Logo

Portsmouth City Council has launched a new website to support households struggling to pay energy bills and keep their homes warm at an affordable cost.

Switched On Portsmouth can save residents money and energy at home whilst helping to improve home energy efficiency through a number of schemes and initiatives. can provide free gas central heating systems and installation, energy and money saving measures during home visits as well as expert advice and tips to eligible Portsmouth residents.

See what you are eligible for and stay Switched On to energy and money savings.

Switched On Portsmouth Website

FFT Aspire Training for Primary Schools 2019

Education Information Services (EIS) have arranged two introductory / refresher FFT Aspire training sessions for primary school colleagues on 10th December 2019. One session is in the morning, the other in the afternoon. Both are led by a trainer from FFT.

The sessions are free for schools purchasing the EIS SLA and there are up to 2 places per school. Places are limited to 20 attendees. Booking is via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway, where you can find out more about the training. If your school does not purchase our support but you are interested in sending a delegate, please contact us using the details below.

There will be another training day in early 2020, which will be a session for primary schools and a session for secondary schools. This day will have a slightly different emphasis, that may be of particular interest to middle leaders. Details are to follow when we have more information.

If you have any questions about this, please contact

Applying online for school places

If your child is starting school or moving up to junior school, then the window for applying for school places is open now. The deadline for starting school and transfers to junior school is 15 January 2020.

Apply online

Dates for your diary

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

21 November 2019
ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub - Games with Aims (French and Spanish)
4.00 pm - Cottage Grove Primary School, Southsea

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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