PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 27 January 2020

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27 January 2020

Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark (PIE QM) launch


We were absolutely delighted to officially launch the PIE QM last week. This event was attended by head teachers and senior leaders from the majority of schools in Portsmouth. There was a real buzz in the room and a great sense of partnership working in our drive to become an even more inclusive city. As they began the process of self and peer assessment the schools showed their commitment to inclusive education, in their settings and across the city. We are looking forward to awarding the Quality Mark to participating schools in recognition of this work.

Schools who were unable to attend the launch can still get involved. Please contact Sarah Christopher for further information.

Preparing for life and work beyond school

Aspirations Week

Thank you to everyone for taking part in Aspirations Week 2020 and helping to make it a success. We've received lots of positive feedback about all the activities that took place across Portsmouth. We hope the week reinforced the importance of attending school regularly and thinking about future careers to help young people achieve their aspirations.

Please continue to share photos of your activities from the week with us on social media using the hashtag #AspirationsWeek

The Aspirations Week webpage contains links to useful resources to help you continue the conversation of aspirations.

Air Ambulance

Pupils from Stamshaw Junior School took part in Aspirations Week with a final 'dress up as your future self' day on the Friday with all proceeds going to the Air Ambulance. The week was led by Amanda Bushell, a year 6 teacher and SMSC lead. Each year group had the opportunity to hear from a variety of people talking about their careers.

The photograph shows the week being launched with the Air Ambulance taking part in the school's assembly.

Police Apprentice Competition 2020 is now open!

This year’s theme will be based around smart choices and keeping young people safe on our streets. Visit the website to learn more.

If you would like your pupils to participate, all you will need to do is download the pack and introduce the campaign, a great opportunity for a peer led event, assisting if required. We will provide you with the information you need to get started and prizes for participants. The competition will run from the end of January through to Wednesday 20th May 2020 with countywide winners being announced after May half term.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair 2020

Last chance to register for the Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair

The Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair 2020 is taking place on Tuesday 11 February, 4.30-6.30pm at Charter Academy. Attendees can meet local schools, colleges and Initial Teacher Training providers on the day. Information on current vacancies and routes into teaching in Portsmouth will also be available.

Any help with sharing the event with your networks is still very much appreciated. A poster promoting the fair is available here.

Curriculum and CPD

Primary Languages Hub Meeting - 30 January 2020

A reminder that the next Primary Hub meeting is taking place on Thursday 30 January 2020 @ 16:00, at Cottage Grove Primary School.

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.


LifeSkills resources on digital presence and the world of work

The PSHE Association have granted their Quality Mark for PSHE education resources to the latest lesson plans from LifeSkills created with Barclays. The lesson plans focus on helping students to recognise that online reputation, presence and digital communication are important to job prospects and thriving in the workplace.

Once registered with LifeSkills, the materials are free to download and include lesson plans, lesson slides, classroom videos and interactive tools. There are a range of resources that focus on key skills such as CV writing, interview skills, problem solving, adaptability, and communication.

Share your coaching recommendations

We regularly receive recommendations for coaching consultancies/professionals and would like to collate a centralised list to share with colleagues via the PEP bulletin and website. If you have worked with a coaching professional/consultancy and would like to share a recommendation with us, please send the following details to by Friday 14 February 2020:

  • Name of provider
  • Contact details or link to website
  • Month/year that you worked with them

Upcoming Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance courses


Emotional health and wellbeing

Stonewall Silver Award for Portsmouth Children and Young People's Services (CYPS)

Portsmouth City Council has been awarded Stonewall's Silver CYPS Champion Award.

This is a fantastic achievement which places us as one of the top performing authorities nationally. Only nine Local Authorities met the threshold for an award so we are delighted to receive the Silver Award.

This award is a celebration of close working with education settings and with stakeholders across the city. Feedback from Stonewall recognises that we have "a great array of work being done across many different teams and departments to be more LGBT inclusive".

Stonewall CYPS Champion Silver Logo

We will continue to work with Stonewall and other partnerships to further develop and strengthen this work.

DfE launch free period products for all schools and colleges

From Monday 20 January 2020, schools and colleges across the country will be able to order a range of period products from supplier phs Group, making period products readily available for all young people when they need them. Read the full story here.

Guidance for schools and post-16 education organisations is available here.

School posters on childhood infections

Following requests from schools for a simple way of accessing the most relevant and timely information on the various childhood illnesses that often circulate in schools, Public Health England have produced two posters which provide details and links to PHE web pages on managing infectious diseases in schools.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 - Monday 27 January

Monday 27 January 2020 marks Holocaust Memorial Day, dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) provides a range of assemblies, lesson plans and activities to help students learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, more recent genocides and contemporary issues. View them here.

Post 16 and higher education

All aboard the Apprenticeship Bus

Amazing opportunities in a wide range of apprenticeships await secondary school students aboard the apprenticeship bus from 4 - 6 February as part of National Apprenticeship Week. This year, the bus will be arriving at schools across the city for an additional day.

The initiative is led by Shaping Portsmouth and other partners including The University of Portsmouth, The Solent Apprenticeship Hub and Stagecoach. The bus was first launched in 2018 with the mission to inspire secondary school children to consider apprenticeships as an alternative after education.

Learn more

National Apprenticeship Week


The HR news information is located on the human resources Google homepage and maintained schools and any academy with an HR Traded Services agreement can access it here.   

Further information can be obtained by contacting HR. 

Dates for your diary

28 January 2020
Primary Science Network
4.00 - 5.30 pm, Training and Learning Centre
Book a place

30 January 2020
ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting
4.00 - 5.30 pm - Cottage Grove Primary School

30 January 2020
Improving Reading through teaching of Poetry and Non-Fiction text (KS2)
1.00 - 4.00 pm - Training and Learning Centre
Book a place

3-7 February 2020
National Apprenticeship Week

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

25 February 2020
FFT Aspire Training for Primary Schools: Middle leaders, SENCOs or Subject leaders
10.00 - 12.00 noon - Civic Offices
Book a place via the PLG

25 February 2020
FFT Aspire Training for Secondary Schools: Middle/Subject Leaders or SENCOs
1.30 - 3.30 pm - Civic Offices
Book a place via the PLG

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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