PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 2 December 2019

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PEP Bulletin

2 December 2019

Preparing for study, work and life

Aspirations Week 20th - 24th January 2020

Attached are a set of PowerPoint slides providing guidance for primary and secondary schools about how to get involved in Aspirations Week 20th - 24th January 2020.

Aspirations Week was born out of the Miss School Miss Out school attendance campaign following a successful pilot at Wimborne Junior School in 2019. This has now been extended into a city wide initiative. Aspirations Week will provide an umbrella campaign and a focal point for a range of activities and events that are being run across the city, details of which are contained in the slides.

If your school is wishing to participate in Aspirations Week please get in touch with with details so we can support you with resources and publicity. 

Trinity College, University of Cambridge - widening participation

As part of the University of Cambridge's commitment to widening participation, Trinity College run a number of events for young people from across the UK, the biggest of which are the residential events. The College is keen to encourage students from a wider range of regions in the UK to engage in these events, particularly from state funded schools in areas of disadvantage.

The key event they wish to promote is their Stonehouse Residential – an opportunity for a small group of Year 11 pupils plus a teacher to stay for 3 nights in the College, including all activities, travel, accommodation and food expenses. Students will work on an academic project, and there is a parallel programme for the teachers which is a great CPD opportunity. Applications – from teachers – are due to close on the 20th December 2020.

Pupils do not need to be aiming to study at Oxbridge, nor does it require only those pupils who are predicted to obtain the top grades. The College want to engage with those from less advantaged backgrounds for whom the whole idea of university may seem rather alien.

The College also run a number of residential opportunities for students in lower sixth/Year 12. This year it includes Women in Maths, Women in STEM, Engineering, and Humanities, applications for which open soon. All information for these can be found at: These are aimed more at students considering or unsure about studying at Cambridge (or Oxford).

For more information please contact: Ellie Wood and Lizzie Bowes, Schools Liaison Officer (01223 338448)

School improvement

2019 inspection data summary report (IDSR) for secondary data

The new 2019 inspection data summary report (IDSR) for secondary data, is now available through the new Ofsted IDSR service linked to in DfE’s Analyse School Performance (ASP)

When logged into ASP, click on ‘All reports’ and then ‘Ofsted inspection data summary reports’.

Ofsted inspection - Cottage Grove Primary School

Congratulations to Cottage Grove Primary School for maintaining their 'Good' Ofsted rating following a school inspection on 23-24 October 2019.

Cottage Grove is a friendly and welcoming school. Classrooms are a happy hive of activity. Leaders and staff work well together to bring to life the school’s vision of ‘Success for all’. Pupils are proud of their school. One explained, ‘Our education is first class and, with this, we will be good role models.’

Full report

Leadership, recruitment and retention

School governor update

We have launched a governor newsletter to give school governors and trustees and Portsmouth maintained schools and academies information about the training and other support that is available locally. To be added to the distribution list email

As you may have seen, the current issues of Flagship and Term time both include our advert to recruit additional school governors. This has drawn an excellent response - in the last week we have been contacted by a solicitor, an engineer and an environmental health officer all of whom are keen to support local schools as governors. If you have vacancies, or are looking to co-opt additional governors with a specific skill set, please contact us via the school governor email box.

Alison Critchley (

Additional payments for teaching

Additional payments are given to some teachers to encourage them to stay in the profession. This includes claiming back student loan repayments, and claiming a payment for teaching maths or physics. More information, including eligibility and payment details, can be found here.

Initial teacher training (ITT) funding guidance 2020-2021

Earlier this year the DfE published their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) funding guidance for the academic year 2020 to 2021. The guidance includes information on bursaries, scholarships and salaried route grants and can be found here.

Curriculum and CPD

Free introductory session on using Scratch in cross-curricular activities

Date: Thurs 5th December 2019
Time: 2.30-4:00pm
Location: SEARCH, 50 Clarence Road, Gosport, PO12 1BU

Join us for this free introductory session on using Scratch in cross-curricular activities. Aimed at KS2 teachers, the session will focus on using a newly developed digital resource to teach evolution and inheritance. A basic knowledge of Scratch and a laptop are all you need.

Cost: Free. Places are funded by Waterloo 200 as part of the Age of Revolution Project.

Booking: Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please email

Emotional health and wellbeing

Lyndhurst Junior School Roberts Centre Collection

The staff and families of Lyndhurst Junior School have been collecting toys to donate to the Roberts Centre. This year’s charity event has exceeded expectations and the collection box is already overflowing!

Mrs Clark, organiser of the event, said, “At a time when many of our pupils are getting very excited about receiving gifts, it is important to remind them that not everyone is so lucky. We are proud of how generous the response has been from our families to make sure no child misses out”.

The Roberts Centre is happy to accept any donations of new or nearly new toys and gifts directly to their centre at 84 Crasswell Street, PO1 1HT for anyone else who would like to join in.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2020

The Carers Trusts 'Young Carers Awareness Day 2020' will take place on 30 January 2020, and will focus on educational equality for young carers. Through their new Count Me In! campaign, Carers Trust is calling on compulsory education providers to do more to identify young carers, ensuring that they receive the recognition and support they need to achieve their potential.

Tools for schools and young carers services to get involved in the campaign will be available at the end of November. These include posters, and a campaign pack for young carers which encourages them to:

  • Celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day 2020
  • Raise awareness among staff to help them better identify young carers
  • Help other young people to self-identify as carers and come forward for support

To receive your electronic campaign pack, please email to request one. Other resources will be available on our website.

Relate / U Matter

U Matter have changed the age range of pupils they are able to support. They now work with children and young people aged from 8-18. Please see the attached for full contact details.

Stay Well This Winter

The A&E department at QA Hospital gets even busier than normal over the winter months. Could you please use your communication channels with parents to share this poster and encourage them to use the right service for any family illnesses or injuries. People can often be seen quicker and receive more appropriate treatment or advice at an alternative service to A&E if they've not got a life threatening condition. Many people might not be aware of all of the services available and what they can help with so the poster has been designed to provide a useful summary.

Post 16 and higher education

Step into the NHS schools' competition

The Step into the NHS schools' competition aims to encourage young people to think about the breadth of opportunities open to them in the world of work, and more specifically the NHS, so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential.

The competition has three stages which will enable students to learn about the NHS, labour market information, types of the careers available including the pathways and requirements and then challenging them to research and select one of the 350 plus careers available within the NHS and create materials to promote it.

Competition entries are due by January 31st 2020, and will be reviewed by a panel and students have a chance to win generous prizes such as amazon vouchers and a class trip to a local science venue.

More information can be found on the website, alternatively please contact to discuss how the competition can fit in with your current curriculum.

LA updates

Service Pupil Premium

Do you know which of your pupils are eligible for Service Pupil Premium (SPP)? You need this information to claim SPP in time for the January school census.

  • The SPP is provided by the DfE to schools who have children of Regular Armed Forces personnel among their pupil population to provide additional (mainly pastoral) support. Children of parents on Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) also attract SPP.
  • The SPP is currently £300 per Service pupil and is paid directly to schools.
  • Schools can claim for both SPP and Pupil Premium for the same child.
  • Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive the fund, but only if the child's name appears on the school’s roll as being a Service child.
  • A child will continue to attract SPP funding for up to a maximum of 6 years after the serving person has left the Service or at the end of Year 11, whichever comes first.
  • Check the guidance for children of divorced parents and step-children to clarify if they are eligible for SPP, some will be.

For more information see the GOV.UK and NFF websites.

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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