PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 13 January 2020

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13 January 2020

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Preparing for life and work beyond school

Aspirations Week resources

Thank you to the many schools who are joining in with Aspirations Week from 20 - 24 January 2020! You can find details of the activities taking place during the week here. Please let know if you would like any information about your activities to be added to this page.

To help you to promote your activities, social media images, newsletter text and logos are available on the attendance campaign resources page.

Please share any photos you take of activities during the week and use the hashtags #AspirationsWeek #MissSchoolMissOut in your social posts.

Early years

Early Years Workforce Conference - 28 March 2020

Do you teach Year R? Join us for the Early Years Workforce Conference 2020 featuring key note speaker Tamsin Grimmer. Design your day and choose 2 of the 4 workshops available.

Click here to book now!

For more information please email


School improvement

Isambard Brunel Junior School improves Ofsted rating

Congratulations to Isambard Brunel Junior School on moving from Requires Improvement to a Good rating in their recent Ofsted school inspection on 3–4 December 2019.

"Leaders have huge ambitions for pupils. Pupils come to school ready to learn and
take responsibility for the choices they make.

The new headteacher and deputy headteacher are a very strong and effective team.
They have raised expectations for all pupils’ behaviour and learning. Leaders have
designed an ambitious curriculum that is well matched to pupils’ needs."

Full report

Solent Maths Hub update

The Solent Maths Hub's Spring Term 2020 update is now available to read here.

Solent Maths Hub

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Registration now open for the Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair

Teach Portsmouth

Registration is now open for the Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair, taking place on Tuesday 11 February, 4.30-6.30pm at Charter Academy. The fair will provide an opportunity for NQTs, current teachers and those interested in teaching to learn more about current vacancies and routes into teaching in Portsmouth.

We'd be grateful if you could share this opportunity through your channels with families, staff and anyone who may be interested in attending. A poster promoting the fair is available here.

Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair

Looking for Volunteers?

At the end of January Portsmouth's Volunteering Hub (Portsmouth Together) are holding a Volunteering Fair, providing a fantastic opportunity to recruit local volunteers to your school.

To promote a volunteering opportunity at your school please provide brief information on:

  • The role - what you are looking for the volunteer to do
  • When they will be needed - e.g. weekly, monthly, and also if there is a regular day of the week/ time of day you need someone
  • Any specific skills and experience you are looking for, or that no specific skills are required

Please send to Responses will be collated into an information sheet for distribution at the event.

More information

Happy New Year!

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth's 2020 team resolution is to cut down on the amount of plastic we use. 

Is your school making any resolutions this year? If you are, why don’t you share them with us? We'd love to know what they are so we can include them on our Teach Portsmouth Aspirations Tree that will be on display at our Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 11 February from 4:30pm at Charter Academy.

Send your resolutions to us at, or via the contact form on the Teach Portsmouth website. We look forward to hearing your 2020 resolutions.

Curriculum and CPD

Upcoming Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance courses


The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is running a huge variety of courses this term.

For the next two weeks, we have a number of experts delivering the following courses:

  • Computing Network (Secondary) - 15 January 2020 4-5.30pm
  • Improving Reading through teaching of Poetry and Non-Fiction text (KS1) - 16 January 2020 1-4pm 
  • More Able Network - 20 January 2020 1-3pm
  • Curriculum Development and Design Network - 22 January 2020 4-5.30pm
  • Bid Writing - 22 January 2020 8-9.30am

More information here.


Early Spring Term NQT Workshop


Welcome back to school and to the next tranche of CPD for the NQT Induction programme! On Thursday 23rd January 2020 we are holding training on highly effective questioning techniques as either an afternoon OR a twilight session. This is a free event for all NQTs registered with the PTSA NQT Induction programme. Please see the attached flyer and/or book places on the PTSA website

Please contact June Hutchinson if you have any further questions:

NB: It is imperative a booking is made via the website to ensure catering and resource requirements are met and to avoid otherwise incurring a small £5 admin charge.

Miltoncross Hamper Appeal

Miltoncross Hamper Appeal

Students at Miltoncross Academy have been working in tutor groups to make the best hamper and fill it with food and items for the homeless. The hampers were judged by the charity SSAFA, a veteran and serving Navy and Army personnel. Donations were taken by the students to the British Red Cross in Commercial Road and The Society of Saint James’s shelter on Milton Road.

As well as donating items to the homeless the students and staff have also been raising money for SSAFA and over £2000 has been raised through a charity raffle, selling sweets and doughnuts. Read More

Portsmouth Young Sports Person of the Year Award

Portsmouth's Sports Council's Young Sports Person of the Year Award is open for entries. The award aims to celebrate young people's sporting successes and is open to Portsmouth residents aged 18 and under who are currently competing in sport at a high level.

Anyone can nominate a young person for the award; parent, coach, club, school or college. Nominees must be training or members of a club within the city for a sport which is recognised by Sport England. Judging will take place in March and the main prize will be a cheque for £250 with a runner up prize of £200.
 - Terms & Conditions
 - Nomination Form

Immersion courses in France, Spain and Germany

The Association for Language Learning (ALL) and LFEE Europe are offering an “Exploring and Developing CLIL” training programme in France, Germany and Spain. This one week course is available to Primary and Secondary teachers.

Funding is available through the European Union Erasmus+ Programme and covers the cost of the tuition fee, accommodation, subsistence and travel costs. ALL will be applying for Erasmus+ funding on behalf of all applicants.

Please contact LFEE Europe ( by Friday 24 January 2020 to pre-register for the course dates of your choice. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Learn more

The Problem With Plastic Fringe

The New Theatre Royal are hosting an event on 13th February to open the Festival of the Sea 2020, an evening of renowned speakers discussing climate and plastics issues, and a launch of a new app to monitor marine plastics around Portsmouth.

To accompany our main event, the New Theatre Royal plays host to a range of workshops, films and displays, aimed at young people and school groups. All are designed to tool you up with the information needed on plastics and how we can all make a difference. Featuring both local and national experts and organisations, and all for free!

THU 13 FEB | 4PM – 6PM | Main House & Minghella Studio

Exciting Project for Developing Curriculum Materials

As you may be aware there are exciting plans for Tipner West Regeneration. We're keen to involve schools and would like to see some curriculum materials developed around the project. We'd like to work with SLEs and/or other teachers to develop curriculum resources locally and potentially engage with a publisher at a later stage.

An initial workshop to learn more, discuss the project plans and scope the potential of this work is scheduled for Wednesday 29th January 4-5.30pm, Conference Room B, Civic Offices.

If you are interested in learning more or to confirm your attendance at the workshop please contact Sarah Christopher (07825 492712)

More information

Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark (PIE QM)

A number of schools have already begun the self-assessment process towards gaining the PIE QM. This is to remind you that support for this is available through the Inclusion Outreach Service 02392 606060 or

All schools are encouraged to attend the PIE QM workshop on Tuesday 21st January 10-11.30 am, for details see course code SCH/19/47. N.B. Whilst it will be helpful if you have begun the self-assessment process prior to the workshop you are still very welcome to attend if you have not yet started.

Accord Inclusivity Award

When looking at the PIE QM you may wish to consider nominating your school for this award. This is a national award which recognises schools that excel in promoting an inclusive ethos and which advance the growth of mutual understanding, especially on the grounds of religion and ethnicity.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 23rd February 2020. Full details can be found here.

University of Southampton Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing (EMHW) Seminar Series

The University of Southampton Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing (EMHW) Seminar Series is delighted to present its first guest speaker Professor Katherine Weare on Wednesday 29 January 2020, from 2-3pm in the Nightingale Building (Room 1001) on Highfield Campus.

Title: "Promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools: a whole school, evidence based approach. Where does mindfulness fit in?"

Register here for this free public event.

Victory Suite Christmas Lunch

A fantastic festive feast for nearly eighty people was prepared by students who use Miltoncross Academy’s Victory Suite inclusion base as a way to celebrate the end of term and welcome the Christmas break. Roast turkey with all the trimmings, plus a delicious gammon and winter vegetables were prepared by students under the watchful eye of Mrs Vidler. The quality of the food was outstanding and most of the diners struggled to find room for their mince pie and custard desserts. 

Victory Suite Christmas Lunch

This was a great event and an important opportunity for the students to work together on a shared goal. Read More

Triple P discussion group dates

Click the links below to view the dates for upcoming Triple P primary and teen discussion groups:

Free healthy living support

If you're a Portsmouth resident and have a New Year's resolution around quitting smoking, losing weight or reducing how much alcohol you drink you can get free support from the Portsmouth Wellbeing Service. The highly trained staff of the Wellbeing Service work at venues across the city and provide both one-on-one and group support. You can read how the service helped Paul to lose 5 stone in weight and helped Ivette to quit smoking. This information can also be shared with parents.
Contact the Wellbeing Service on 023 9229 4001 /

Sugar Smart World

New resources are available from Public Health England to help you teach primary school children about healthy eating.

Take pupils on an adventure in ‘Sugar Smart World’ to learn about how much sugar is in their food and drink and finding healthier swaps. There's flexible, curriculum-linked lesson plans, display board print-outs and recipe ideas for reception, KS1 and KS2. There's also an Eatwell guide that helps pupils identify the foods that make up our diet and the proportions they should eat.
You can also promote physical activity with resources featuring the England women’s national football team and performers from the hit West End musical, The Lion King.

Neglect Survey - share your views

PSCP logo

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership are currently reviewing multiagency work and response to children who are being or are at risk of being neglected. Share your views by completing this 10 minute surveyDeadline: Friday 17th January 2020.

LA updates

Incident reporting via email

If you are sending incident reports* via email please use rather than individual H&S officer email addresses.

*Accident report form - July 2013 (revised June 2019) or School Violent Incident Report Form - Nov 2012 (revised April 2017), MS Word copies can be requested from the PCC H&S Unit.

SWAN and future internet offer: IT services workshop, 27 January 2020, 4.00 - 5.30 p.m. Civic Offices

As part of our work planning the Portsmouth Traded Services offer from 2020 onwards we are holding a workshop to look at the IT offer, with a focus on the broadband service. IT colleagues will be setting out their initial proposals, and are keen to discuss their plans with school business managers, IT leads and head teachers to ensure these support schools' plans and priorities.

The workshop will take place at the Civic Offices on Monday 27 January from 4.00 - 5.30pm. If you are able to attend please advise Alison Critchley:

Portsmouth Music Services 2020/21

Portsmouth Music's Service Level Agreements are now live and available to buy on the Portsmouth Traded Services website. This year for the first time all services can be booked online rather than by having to complete separate paper forms. The deadine to request music services for the 2020/21 school year is 31 March 2020.
For any queries regarding the services on offer contact the music service on 023 9237 5655 or via
For any queries about using the traded services website please phone 023 9284 1023 or email

Dates for your diary

16 January 2020
Secondary Heads Meeting
1.30 - 3.00 pm - Portsmouth College

17 January 2020
Heads of Special Schools Meeting
11.00 am - 12.00 pm

20 - 24 January 2020
Aspirations Week

21 January 2020
LA Heads Briefing
8.00 - 10.00 am - Conference Room A, Civic Offices

22 January 2020
Get Inspired Portsmouth
9.00 am - 3.00 pm - Portsmouth Guildhall
More info

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
Learn more

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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