PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 10 February 2020

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PEP Bulletin

10 February 2020

Preparing for life and work beyond school

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 David Gorham on 02392 811454 or

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Last chance to register for the Teacher Workload and Retention Conference!

Teach Portsmouth

The Portsmouth Conference on Teacher Workload and Retention will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020. This half day event will enable Portsmouth head teachers and school leaders the chance to explore how to manage and reduce workload and improve teacher retention, whilst ensuring Portsmouth children receive the best possible education. Don't miss your opportunity to hear from Sean Harford, Ofsted's national director of education and Janine Ashman, a member of the DFE working group on workload.

Learn more and reserve your free ticket.

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance welcomes NPQSL participants


The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance welcomed our National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) participants for a session. We are delighted that so many school leaders have attended both the NPQML and NPQSL training and we are near to qualifying – bringing the total trained over the past two years to over 80 school leaders from all sectors of the Portsmouth school community. These places have been funded by a DfE scholarship and represent an excellent opportunity for schools to enhance their school leadership skills.

Congratulations to the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance School Direct PGCEs


100% of our primary and secondary ITTs, who have attended interviews, have successfully gained teaching jobs in Portsmouth.

For further information about our Teacher Training courses please email or visit the website.

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance

Curriculum and CPD

Take part in the Junior Field Gun on Armed Forces Day

The council would like to establish a Junior Field Gun initiative in Portsmouth and arrange an annual competition with Plymouth, with Plymouth hosting it one year and Portsmouth the next.

In the meantime we would like to invite up to 10 primary and junior schools to take part in the Junior Field Gun on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 27 June 2020, at Castle Field, Southsea. A YouTube video for the Junior Field Gun held in Plymouth can be found here.

If your school is interested please contact Kelly Rooker. Participation will be on a first come first served basis. The event is open to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Learn more

Reading Well for Children Collection

The NEW Reading Well for Children Collection has launched this week. Reading Well for Children recommends reading to help children understand their feelings and worries and cope with tough times.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) and includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. The book list can be viewed here.

These books are available in all Portsmouth Libraries. For further information contact Pat Garrett at or 023 9268 8259.

Full story

VE 75 Day Schools Project

The NEWS Foundation, working with The NEWS, Portsmouth, have created a unique schools celebration community project to mark VE 75 Day. At £2.50 per participating student, you will receive your personal Celebration Class Pack with over 35 unique lessons, activity cards, posters and commemorative ideas to be used leading up to VE Day, 2020.

This project will launch on 16 March, 2020 and run for six weeks until the VE Weekend of 8 May 2020 – when a full three days of Celebration Community Events is planned across the country.

Registration is open to the first thirty classes only and closes 12 March 2020.

Learn more

'Reducing Parental Conflict' training opportunity

A development opportunity has arisen to attend 'Reducing Parental Conflict' training, delivered by Knowledge Pool. Training to be delivered from February 2020.

Please see the attached poster for further details.

To reserve your place on the training, please email Toni Nixon with your preferred dates and modules as per the Learners Journey to:

Upcoming Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance courses


Courses running this week at the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance include:

11/02/20 - Portsmouth Arts Network
12/02/20 - NPQML workshop 3 booking closed
12/02/20 - Phonics for KS2 & KS3
13/02/20 - Greater Depth Curriculum Planning (KS2)
13/02/20 - Primary Computing Network

If you would like to know more about what is running at the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance or book a place on any of our courses, please visit our website.

Book launch: Gustav the Brave

Friday 21 February 2020 - 2pm to 4pm

During the Second World War specially trained homing pigeons braved bullets to deliver life-saving messages for Britain and her allies. Gustav was one of them. The D-Day Story invited writer Steve Tasane to work with a group of young writers – The Pigeon Squad – and artist Bob Moulder to bring Gustav’s D-Day tale to life in a rhyming picture book. Join us for the first public reading of the story, follow our pigeon trail, see Gustav’s Dickin Medal, make a pigeon puppet and discover more about the incredible achievements of pigeons in war.

Included in museum ticket price. Advance booking essential. Email: or call 023 9283 4744 / 4737

Emotional health and wellbeing

Free PACE+ Approach training opportunity

Sigma Teaching School Alliance are offering a FREE opportunity to all staff from Portsmouth schools to learn practical, evidence-based strategies in order to be able to work successfully with children and young people with SEMH needs.

The course consists of 6 sessions, each session focusing on different aspects of the PACE+ Approach. The training is fully funded by the DfE as part of Turnaround Project and free to all staff from schools in Portsmouth.

View the flyer to find out more or visit the website to book a place.

Novel coronavirus - information posters

Public Health England (PHE) have produced the attached poster to reflect the updated advice to the public regarding novel coronavirus. Please ensure that these are displayed in any appropriate community settings.

For further information on coronavirus, visit

Triple P discussion group dates

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

 - Teen Triple P Discussion Groups (12-16yrs)

 - Triple P Primary Discussion Groups (5-12yrs)

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 February guest speaker Professor Harry Daniels on Wednesday 26 February 2020, from 2-3pm in the Nuffield Theatre (Room 1077) on Highfield Campus.

"Changing school: A study of aspects of well being in primary secondary transfer using Vygotsky and Bernstein."

Please register here for this free public event.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Professional Development

The Inclusion Outreach Service has a comprehensive programme of courses and workshops available. Three training sessions for members of SEN ISP panels have also been added to our existing SENCO CPD offer. Details can be found here.

All sessions can be booked via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.

Drop-in event for Portsmouth Parent Voice, Portsmouth Disability Forum and Dynamite

This will be a networking opportunity and a chance for parents and professionals to find out more about what PDF, PPV, and Dynamite offer.

When? Tuesday 31st March 2020 - 9am until 3pm
Where? Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9HR

Please view the flyer for more information. No booking required.

Post 16 and higher education

Secondary school students inspired by apprenticeship bus

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, secondary school students were introduced to an exciting range of career opportunities aboard a special apprenticeship bus. 

Thanks to Shaping Portsmouth, ASK, Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth, Solent Apprenticeship Hub and Stagecoach, students met real life apprentices from industries including marine, defence, graphic design, media, science and more.

Apprenticeship Bus

Over 400 students visited the bus alongside a total of 12 secondary schools in Portsmouth. 

Cllr Suzy Horton welcomed participation from local businesses during National Apprenticeship Week: "Every year, local organisations continue to support young people in the city with amazing opportunities aboard. It's great to see so many fantastic careers on offer to students."

LA updates

Pupil Premium Rates - 2020 to 2021

The government has announced that pupil premium and service premium rates will increase in line with inflation for the financial year 2020 to 2021 in April 2020. The revised rates are:

Type of Pupil Premium

2019 - 2020
Current Rate

2020 -2021
New Rate

Free School Meals

Primary Aged Pupils



Secondary Aged Pupils



Looked after and previously looked after children



Service Premium



Further information can be found on the Schools Finance Intralink page and the DfE website.

Portsmouth traded services for schools - planning for 2020-22

A copy of the letter that has been sent to school business managers about the traded services offer from 2020 onwards is attached.

FFT Aspire Training for Primary Schools 2019/20

Education Information Services (EIS) have arranged additional FFT Aspire training sessions for middle leaders, subject leaders and SENCOs on Tuesday 25 February 2020. There will be a primary school session in the morning, and secondary school session in the afternoon. Both are led by a trainer from FFT.

The sessions are free for schools purchasing the EIS SLA and initially, there is one free place per primary school and two places for secondary schools, subject to availability. Places are limited to 25 attendees. Please note that subject to demand, schools may request additional places but if there is insufficient overall demand the courses will not take place.

Visit the Portsmouth Learning Gateway to book and learn more about the training including the FFT reports required for the course.

If you have any questions, please contact

Dates for your diary

11 February 2020
Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Fair
4.30 - 6.30 pm - Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth, PO5 4HL

11 February 2020
Portsmouth Arts Network
4.00 - 5.30 pm - Training and Learning Centre
Book a place

12 February 2020
Safeguarding - implications for BME pupils
3.45 - 5.15 pm
Book a place via the PLG or tel 023 9273 3130

12 February 2020
Phonics for KS2 and KS3
1.00 - 3.00 pm - Training and Learning Centre
Book a place

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

3 March 2020
Behaviour as Communication
9.00 am - 12.00 noon - The Portsmouth Academy Training and Learning Centre
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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