PEP (Schools) Newsletter w/c 25 November 2019

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PEP Bulletin

25 November 2019

Preparing for study, work and life

Aspirations Week 20 - 24 January 2020

In support of the council's Miss School Miss Out attendance campaign, we are inviting schools to join in with Aspirations Week - 20 - 24 January 2020.

Materials for Aspirations Week for primary schools can be found at

Secondary schools are invited to sign up for EBP South's 'Get Inspired' event on 22 January as part of that week, via this link.

There will be opportunities to book speakers to come into secondary schools and to talk to local employers. Further information to follow.

Let us know what you are planning for Aspirations Week and any help you need by contacting

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Changes to the professional skills test for teachers

The professional skills tests will be replaced with a new provider-led assurance of fundamental English and Mathematics from 1 April 2020. This means that candidates who start a course on or after this date will not be required to pass the tests in order to train to teach and be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Candidates who start courses before 1 April 2020, including those on Assessment Only, Apprenticeship or EYTS routes, as well as legacy cases where QTS has been deferred for skills tests, will still be able to take the tests until 31 March 2020. Read more here.

Teach Portsmouth hits the road

The Teach Portsmouth team attended Get into Teaching's Train to Teach event in Brighton on 20th November. We had a fantastic time speaking to delegates about the opportunities that Portsmouth provides for teacher training, career progression and a great lifestyle. With over 250 attendees on the day, the event raised awareness of the Teach Portsmouth brand and the support that Portsmouth (and the PEP) can offer to those considering teaching as a career. We had a strong presence representing Portsmouth and Portsmouth ITT providers, such as the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, also had stands.

The Teach Portsmouth team will also be attending an ITE Primary Education recruitment fair at the University of Winchester this coming Wednesday.

Train to Teach Brighton

Thinking Schools Academy Trust Launches Online Parenting Network

Thinking Schools Academy Trust has launched an innovative online parenting network to help improve parent voice and engagement across all its schools in Portsmouth.

Parents from across Thinking Schools’ eight schools in Portsmouth were invited to attend the official launch of the TSAT Portsmouth Parent Network at Penhale Infant School, to find out more about how they could get involved with this exciting initiative and the benefits.

The project is designed to bring together parents from across these schools into one online place, to engage them as part of the wider school and TSAT community and to gather feedback and insights to inform the work of both the individual schools and the Trust.

The network will primarily provide an online platform for parent consultation, creating a space for parents and carers to share their views, thoughts, feelings and opinions. It will also hold three coffee mornings over the course of each academic year allowing for face to face interactions and parent networking and providing those without access to the online platform an opportunity to engage.

TSAT Parenting Network

Curriculum and CPD

The Portsmouth Academy Joins an International Student Exchange Programme

The Portsmouth Academy is partnering with Collège Arlette Hée Fergant in Vimoutiers, in Normandy, France to offer an international student exchange programme for Year 8 students. This programme began in October with a seminar in Le Havre, France, attended by three Year 8 students who acted as ambassadors for the academy.

The Portsmouth Academy’s students will visit France before Easter and our French partner school will come to Portsmouth during the Autumn term of the 2020/2021 academic year. This is a truly exciting opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in the French culture and language.

Please read more here.

The Portsmouth Academy School Exchange Programme

Band and Bugles of the Rifles inspire Portsmouth's young musicians

Musicians from the Band of Bugles of the Rifles inspired young musicians from Portsmouth Music Hub's wind bands by forming a joint ensemble for a day.

The event, which took place on Saturday 16 November, was created to motivate and inspire young musicians, enabling them to perform with professional musicians and experience the thrill of playing as part of a professional band.

The army bands have been excellent supporters of the Hub and were in fact the very first partner to sign up to support Portsmouth's young people over eight years ago. The Band and Bugles of the Rifles perform at events around the world in a variety of settings including Sounding Retreats, Freedom Parades, Tattoos and community events.

Portsmouth Music Hub - Army Day

An explosion of creativity

There was a touch of Strictly Come Dancing at the Kings Theatre on Wednesday (20 November) when professional and amateur dancers from across the region joined hundreds of local children for the very first production of Dance Explosion!

A thousand primary-aged children packed the Kings Theatre in Southsea, and for many of them this was the first time they had the chance to watch a range of dance performances live on stage. Dance Explosion! didn't disappoint, and the children were treated to tap, tango and street dance, musical theatre, jazz and ballroom, Indian dance and the mesmerising beauty of Chinese classical dance.

Dance Explosion was a collaboration between Portsmouth Music Hub and the Kings Theatre, with both organisations committed to developing cultural awareness and opportunities for children and young people in the city.

Portsmouth Music Hub - Dance Explosion

Lessons from Auschwitz Project

Delivered by the Holocaust Educational Trust and funded by the DfE.

Applications for the early spring courses are now online. Apply today to reserve places for you and your students. Learn more here.

Christmas Nativity Play in French

Primary Languages specialist, Catherine Cheater, has shared her PPT for a Christmas Nativity Play in French (file attached).

Emotional health and wellbeing

PACE + (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy)

6 twilight sessions are being held in the Spring and Summer terms 2020 - paid for by the DfE Innovation Fund. You can book on to these through Julia Stewart on 01202 057960.

Ian Hunkin is organising a free two hour introduction to the PACE+ Approach for Headteachers - the revised date for this introduction is Thursday 28th November 2019 from 4 to 6pm at The Harbour School @ Tipner. Call Julia Stewart on 01202 057960 or follow the links on the attached flyer to book a place on the introduction.


We are updating the Anti-Bullying Guidance and Resource Pack for Schools (current version attached for information) and would welcome any new case studies, photos and examples of pupils' work. The update will ensure it reflects current legislation, the new OFSTED framework and up to date links to resources and service. The update will also include guidance for colleges.

As part of the update we are launching a competition to design a new front and back cover. This could be a drawing, painting or a digital image / design. Further information is provided in the attached flyer. Please note the deadline of Friday 20th December 2019.

Please send case studies, work, photos and competition entries to

£1000 grants for breakfast clubs

Kelloggs have announced a new round of grants of £1000 towards the cost of school breakfast clubs. A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to those schools that have 35% and above of children in receipt of pupil premium funding.

For more details see here.

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Inclusion Outreach Service

The Inclusion Outreach Service was launched earlier this term and is providing valuable advice and support to schools.

You can contact the service Mon - Thurs 3 - 5 pm on 02392 60 60 60 or email:

Portsmouth Inclusion Education Quality Mark (PIEQM)

A workshop will be held on 21st January 2020 in Conference Room A, Civic Offices from 10.00 until 11.30 a.m. You can book on to this workshop by going to: and searching for course code SCH/19/47.

Please note that the recently developed LAC Charter (attached - developed with designated teachers) now links to the management standards in the Quality Mark.

SEMH Partnership

Please can you check the attached table and send any updates to Sarah Christopher at

Legislation relating to SEND, Tribunals and reasonable adjustment

A workshop, of particular relevance to Headteachers and SENCOs, will be held on 3rd December in Conference Room B, Civic Offices from 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. Booking via the PLG ( and searching for course code SCH/19/40.

LA updates

Section 251 Budget Statement 2019-20

The Section 251 Budget Statement 2019-20 for the authority can be found at the link below under the School Finance section.

This is a statutory publication that the authority must provide and publish under Section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. It shows the planned expenditure of education and children's social care for the 2019-20 financial year, including how much the authority plans to spend on:

 - The Schools Budget
 - De-delegated Items
 - High Needs Budget
 - Early Years' Budget
 - Central provision within the schools budget
 - Children and young people's service

Safeguarding in schools

Please note the 5 levels of support that are available in Portsmouth:

  1. Child level - contact the MASH in the usual way
  2. Allegations – contact the LADO on 023 9288 2500 or
  3. Staff training –
  4. Designated Safeguarding Leads Network
  5. Strategic support – if you want advice, guidance or support to develop practice and process in your school – contact the PSCP at Behind this sits Sam Nesbit, Lucy Rylatt and Hayley Cowmeadow who can answer queries or bespoke some support for your school. Our commitment is to get you the right support for your school.

Climate Emergency

The council declared a climate emergency in March 2019 with a commitment to reduce our carbon footprint to zero by 2030. The council is seeking to launch a range of awareness raising activities and events across the city in the coming months. This includes an idea for a week of children’s action in June/July 2020. The council is keen for school representatives to be on the steering group.

If you are interested please let Kelly Nash know:

Prepare now for TPECG supplementary fund claims

The first application window for the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) supplementary fund opens on Monday 2 December 2019. To make a claim for supplementary funding, mainstream schools will first need to register with the DfE sign in service. Make sure you are prepared by signing up now, if you haven’t already done so.

You can find more information about eligibility for the grant and how the funding will be calculated on the supplementary fund guidance page.

Dates for your diary

5 December 2019
Ofsted and pupils with EAL
3.45 - 5.15 pm - EMAS Training Room, Civic Offices, Floor 1 Core 6
Book a place via the PLG or tel 023 9273 3130 

10 December 2019
FFT Aspire Training for Primary Schools 2019
10.00 - 12.00 noon - Ground floor meeting room 4, Civic Offices - Book a place via the PLG
1.30 - 3.30 pm - Ground floor meeting room 3, Civic Offices - Book a place via the PLG

20 - 24 January 2020
Aspirations Week

22 January 2020
Year 6 teachers training
1.00 - 4.00 pm - The Marriott Hotel
Book a place via the PLG

22 January 2020
Accessing the curriculum for pupils with EAL
3.45 - 5.15 pm
Book a place via the PLG or tel 023 9273 3130 

23 January 2020
Year 2 teachers training
9.00 - 4.00 pm - The Marriott Hotel
Book a place via the PLG

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
Book a place via the PLG or tel 023 9273 3130

25 February 2020
Designated teacher training - Virtual school : Session B
1.30 - 3.30 pm
Book a place via the PLG 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
Book a place via the PLG 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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