PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 16 December 2019

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PEP Bulletin

16 December 2019

Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI)

You may recall being informed at the end of November that Portsmouth was being inspected again. A Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI) of safeguarding and mental health support in the city finished last week with verbal feedback from the inspection team. Four different inspectorates were involved (CQC, HMIC and HMIP as well as Ofsted). The exercise was very thorough and a great many people from across the Portsmouth Children's Safeguarding Partnership (PSCP) engaged in it with enthusiasm and commitment, including a number of schools colleagues.

As always the feedback is confidential at this stage. As with the SEND Inspection, a judgment is not awarded. We will receive a letter from the Lead Inspector, which is scheduled to be published on 31st January. At this stage, however, we can say that the Partnership Board is broadly pleased with the outcome which reflects much good work in the city. On behalf of everyone in the Partnership, thank you so much to everyone who contributed directly or indirectly to the process during both the preparation and the inspection phase. This came at a time of year that is busy for us all but especially so in schools! We were really pleased that inspectors noted the breadth of partnerships and strength of relationships in Portsmouth.

Huge thanks to all of you for your collaboration and hard work through the PEP, not just during the JTAI but throughout the year. Very best wishes for the festive season; I hope you have a well-deserved break.

Very best wishes for 2020

Alison Jeffery
Director, Children, Families and Education
Portsmouth City Council

Preparing for life and work beyond school

Aspirations Week 20 - 24 January 2020

Thank you to all the schools who have confirmed that they are taking part in Aspirations Week from 20 - 24 January linked to the council's Miss School Miss Out attendance campaign. A reminder that resources to support you are available here. Material from the pilot at Wimborne Junior school, assembly and lesson ideas are available to adapt as required and further links will be added in the New Year for secondary schools.

If you haven't already, can you please confirm to if you are taking part. She will be able to help you with publicity and any other support you may need.

A powerpoint deck is attached which provides more background, details of events and activities and where to go for support.

Stubbington Study Centre 2020-2021 Bookings

Stubbington Study Centre

Book your residential for academic year 2020-2021 now...delay may result in disappointment. Stubbington Study Centre is a very popular Children's Services facility giving KS2 children the opportunity to live and learn within a wonderful 14 acre seaside site. If you would like to know more about what we offer, including prices, please visit our website:

Booking a place:
Schools interested in booking a place for next academic year are invited to apply online via the Stubbington website, by 31 January 2020. Schools applying after this date will have less choice, as dates will be reduced to remaining slots (if there are any) following the initial booking round. Please be aware that we were over-subscribed again last year and were therefore unable to accommodate some late applications.

Visits of shorter duration (i.e. half weeks) MAY be available at certain times - please contact the centre for prices on 01329 662244.

Pledge Your Time

EBP South - Pledge Your Time

EBP South is engaging with young people to help prepare them for the world of work. Through a range of interactive events such as ‘guess my job’ and ‘business speed networking’, EBP South is connecting business professionals with students. These interactive sessions give students the opportunity to learn about different job roles and careers directly from professionals.

These events are possible with the support of business professionals, just by pledging a couple of hours of your time can make a real difference in the personal development and confidence of a young person. Pledging your time to support young people can also help to enhance your own CV and fulfill your career development plan whilst giving back to the community. 97% of skillstree ambassadors who volunteered in the past said that it was a good use of their time outside of the workplace.

Volunteering gives professionals the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill sets at a vital point in a young person’s life. To find out more volunteering opportunities visit or contact us at

New Year to Volunteer

Every year we make the same new year’s resolutions whether it be cutting down on certain foods and drinks, joining the gym, or finding ways to save money. Instead for 2020 consider doing something different and making your New Year’s resolution to be about someone else. This year volunteer to help young people. Volunteering doesn’t have to be time consuming. The process is quick and easy and can be done just by filling in a short online form.

EBP South - New Year to Volunteer

Volunteering isn’t just a good way to help your local community, it can help you to develop your own skill set and network with other professionals. A volunteer said, ‘It is a pleasure to help inspire young children about work and it’s a great networking opportunity to meet other like-minded business people.’

To find out more volunteering opportunities visit or contact us at

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Weald & Downland Living Museum Trustee Opportunities

The Weald & Download Living Museum are currently recruiting for three outstanding individuals to join their Board of Trustees and are interested in those with experience in the state education sector. Roles are voluntary and non-executive.
The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 24 January 2020.

Find out more here.

Curriculum and CPD

Primary Languages Hub Meeting - 30 January 2020

Come along to the next Primary Hub meeting to hear from Marie Allen, Languages Coordinator at Cottage Grove Primary, who will be sharing her experience of a ‘deep dive’ when French was chosen as one of the focus curriculum areas during a recent OFSTED inspection. Jo Peach, Head of School Improvement at Portsmouth City Council, will offer an LA perspective, and Liz Lord will signpost sources of advice and support offered by ALL, the national languages association.

When? Thursday 30 January 2020 @ 16:00
Cottage Grove Primary School, Southsea


PTSA January Flyer

Curriculum CPD for Middle/Senior Leaders

Ambition Institute’s new programmes, Curriculum Specialists (for Middle Leaders) and Curriculum Leaders (for Senior Leaders), are 18-month programmes enabling leaders to improve outcomes for pupils by transforming the quality of curriculum design in your school. They are research informed programmes to give leaders the knowledge and space to develop a vision for the curriculum and expertise to translate this into effective outcomes for their team and students. Key programme benefits:

  -  Research led programmes based on key theorists such as Michael Young, Dylan Williams and Summer Turner.
  -  Participants are supported to design and deliver regular training with staff members to embed curriculum improvement across the whole school.
  -  Participants will be supported to complete or re-develop a SOW with access to subject specific curriculum plans that embed the learnt curriculum and pedagogical principles of the programme.

If you would like more information about Ambition Institute’s Curriculum Programmes, please contact Harriet Boyle via email:

Emotional health and wellbeing

Community Partnership Information Forms

Sharing of information with Hampshire Constabulary is critical to helping them develop a clearer picture of local issues, to inform the actions police need to take to reduce threat, harm and risk. To help improve information sharing, the Community Partnership Information (CPI) sharing form gives professionals a safe and direct way to share non-urgent information with police relating to children/adults at risk of:

  • Missing, Exploited, Trafficked
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Criminal Exploitation
  • Drug Related Harm
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Community Cohesion
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Organised Crime

Please see attached a brief overview of how and when to use the CPI Form as well as a copy of it. More information is available on the Safe4Me website.

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

SENCO Newsletter

The Autumn Term SENCO newsletter is now available to read here.

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.

Mini-orchards opportunity

Join the Charles Dickens Community Orchards, The Portsmouth & Southsea Tree Wardens, The Tree Council and PCC to expand a network of mini-orchards for fruit and pollinators throughout the city! Gain a low cost, low maintenance opportunity to grow food even in small spaces, which will also support your wider curriculum.

If you are interested please contact Landscape Architect to help plan for your site and raise funds.

An introduction pack will be sent out and site visits can be arranged. With a little time and effort this is a project which could inspire the rest of the UK!

Dates for your diary

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

30 January 2019
ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting
4.00 - 5.30 pm - Cottage Grove Primary School

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

17 March 2020
Working with refugees and asylum seekers in school
3.45 - 5.15 pm
Book a place via the PLG or tel 023 9268 8076

29 April 2020
Assessing and tracking the progress of pupils with EAL
3.45 - 5.15 pm
Book a place via the PLG or tel 023 9268 8076

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

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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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