PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 20 January 2020

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PEP Bulletin

20 January 2020

Preparing for life and work beyond school

Primary Schools' STEM Fair

STEM businesses are being given an amazing opportunity to attend EBP South’s Primary Schools’ STEM Fair in partnership with Portsmouth Water. The event has been running in a similar form for 30 years and has evolved to become a two-day event with businesses running 25-minute activities with small groups of primary students aged 9 and 10 years old.

The event takes place on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th March 2020 from 9am-3pm both days at CEMAST. Businesses can attend one day or both days. It’s free for businesses to attend - they just need to fill out a booking form available here.

What it means to be a member of a Trade Union - presentation to secondary schools

David Gorham, Branch Secretary of 'Portsmouth and District Unite Community', would be pleased to visit schools and to provide a presentation to pupils in Years 10 and 11 about the work of trade unions, what it means to be a member and the relevance of trade unions in a world of work that is now more flexible than ever.

For any schools that are interested please contact:

Early years

DfE open consultation on the proposed reforms to the EYFS

Consultation closes at 11:45pm on 31 January 2020

This consultation seeks views from interested parties on proposed changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. It seeks views on:

  • proposed revisions to the educational programmes
  • proposed revisions to the early learning goals
  • proposed changes to the assessment and moderation process for the early years foundation stage profile
  • a proposed change to the safeguarding and welfare requirements to promote good oral health

To make sure your voice is heard and give your views we strongly encourage you to look at the consultation and respond.

School improvement

NCELP Schemes of Work launched

Schemes of work for Term One of Year Seven in French, German and Spanish have been released. They have been written by The NCELP which was set up with government funding a couple of years ago to work with the specialist Languages Hubs across the country. There is a solid rationale behind the creation of these materials, very much in line with government guidelines and the new Ofsted framework.

Learn more

Making curriculum decisions in the best interests of children

A new post, “Making curriculum decisions in the best interests of children” has just been published on the Ofsted blog: schools, early years, further education and skills blog.

Sean Harford HMI, National Director for Education, discusses how we’ll be judging the curriculum and whether length of key stage matters.

Read here

Leadership, recruitment and retention

School Direct Train to Teach Events

University of Chichester Academy Trust School Direct Programme

University of Chichester Academy Trust

The University of Chichester Academy Trust School Direct Partnership provides an exciting opportunity for you to develop as a teacher within a Trust whose mission is ‘to create a vibrant, inclusive and aspirational family of academies, transforming life chances for pupils through excellent teaching and learning’.

The Trust has schools in West Sussex, Portsmouth and Hampshire and you will get the opportunity to visit many of them during your programme of training.

University of Chichester Academy Trust 1

All trainees from last year’s School Direct programme are now teachers in Trust Academies.

For more details see our website or contact us at

Physics and Mathematics Funded Internships


Undergraduates in maths and physics have the opportunity to gain school experience through a 4 week paid internship starting in June 2020. The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is working in partnership with the DfE and the Sigma Teaching School for those considering teaching as a career.

Interns will be in school for 4 weeks from Monday 15 June 2020 observing lessons, supporting pupils subject knowledge and participating in a series of training workshops. By the end of the 4 weeks they will have an opportunity to teach. Interns will be paid £300 a week on completion of the programme (£1200).

We are hosting an information session on Wednesday 29 January from 10.00-11.00 at the Training and Learning Centre, The Portsmouth Academy, Cowper Rd, PO1 5LD. For further details please email


Thank a school volunteer!

Would you like to say thank you to a volunteer who helps out in your school? Perhaps a school governor, or someone who helps out in the school library, or by listening to children read? This is your opportunity! Applications are now open for the fifth Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards. Nominations should be submitted by Monday 23 March 2020, and the award ceremony will take place in June.

For more details see the Hive Portsmouth website.

Curriculum and CPD

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance upcoming 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:         

  • Curriculum Development and Design Network - 22 January 2020 4-5.30pm
  • Bid Writing - 22 January 2020 8-9.30am
  • Primary Science Network - 28 January 2020 4-5.30pm
  • Autism in the Primary Classroom (session 3) - 28 January 2020 4-5.30pm
  • Improving Reading through the teaching of Poetry and Non-Fiction text (KS2) - 30 January 2020 1-4pm

Book here

Southampton University Primary Languages workshop

ICT & Computer Assisted Language Learning in the primary FL classroom
Thursday 13 February 2020 - 1.30 - 4.30pm

Join this free workshop to find out more about technology and language learning. The guest speaker is Dr Rowena Kasprowicz from the University of Reading.

For more information or to book a place, please email Alison Porter

University Visit Day for pupils from Armed Forces Families

Do you work with pupils in year 7-11 who come from an armed forces family? The University of Portsmouth and the Service Children's Progression Alliance South Hub are co-hosting a Creative Forces Day at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 10 June 2020.

Click here to book your places.


Emotional health and wellbeing

Simon Says - Training Calendar 2020


The 2020 training calendar for Simon Says - the child bereavement support organisation - is now available to view here.

Simon Says

FGM Zero Tolerance Day, 12-2pm, 6 February

Please join the Portsmouth FGM Operational Group for a community-led information event to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and support services available in the city. The event will include a community play about the challenges faced in ending the practice, followed by a discussion about how to practically address these. All professionals with safeguarding responsibilities are welcome. Register on Eventbrite.


Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Portsmouth Local Offer website

Local Offer website now live

We are pleased to announce that our new look local offer website is now live. We have spent the last 9 months working co-productively with parent carers, young people and SEND professionals to create the new site. The site will continue to evolve over the coming months and we'd like to encourage everyone to keep sharing information, services and documents with us so that we can keep the site fresh and up to date.  

Please can you share this widely with your staff and parents and wider community, including through your social media.

LA updates

Children's Week of Climate Action

Portsmouth's first Children's Week of Climate Action will take place from 29 June to 3 July 2020. A small group of school and council colleagues is working together to put together an engaging programme of activities across the week to enable our children and young people to learn about and publicise the climate emergency.

Our next planning meeting will take place on Thursday 6 February at 4pm at the Civic Offices. To come along email


New year, new start…could you become a foster carer?

On Saturday 25th January the Foster Portsmouth team are inviting anyone interested in fostering to join them at the Holiday Inn Express in Farlington, Portsmouth. If you think you could give some of Portsmouth's most vulnerable children a caring home this New Year, then the fostering team would like to meet you. There's no need to book, simply drop-in between 10am - 1pm to find out more about this incredibly rewarding role.

Find out more

Dates for your diary

20 - 24 January 2020
Aspirations Week

21 January 2020
LA Heads Briefing
8.00 - 10.00 am - Conference Room A, Civic Offices
Followed by Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark (PIE QM) launch 10.00-11.30am

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

22 January 2020
Curriculum Development and Design Network
4.00 - 5.30 pm - Training and Learning Centre

22 January 2020
Bid Writing
8.00 - 9.30am - Training and Learning Centre

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

30 January 2020
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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