PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 2 March 2020

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PEP Bulletin

2 March 2020

Portsmouth Education Partnership - our education strategy for the next 3 years

I am pleased to invite you to an afternoon workshop at the Village Hotel on Thursday 23 April 2020 from 12.00 to 3.30pm. The workshop will focus on the priorities that will underpin the Portsmouth Education Strategy for the next three years and the work of the Portsmouth Education Partnership. We will review the priorities that were set for 2017 - 2020 and debate and discuss what our priorities should be for the next three years.

An outline of the agenda is attached but this is subject to further changes. 

I would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance, including whether or not you have any dietary requirements, by contacting Kelly Rooker at 023 9284 1717.

Kind regards,
Mike Stoneman
Deputy Director, Education

School improvement

Key stage 1 SATs replacement

From September all new primary school pupils will take the new reception baseline assessment (RBA) that will replace SATs in year 2.

Following successful pilots all over the country, the RBA, a one-to-one exercise done in 20 minutes with a teacher in an informal setting, will be taken by all children in their first six weeks of primary school.

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Women Leading in Education


17 MARCH 2020 - 4-5.30pm

This is an exciting opportunity to access the coaching you will need for your leadership journey. The Coaching Pledge provides free support for Women Leading in Education to develop their skills ready for their next (or perhaps first) leadership challenge.

If this sounds like you, please book HERE and spread the word to colleagues and friends. See you there!

The National Coaching Pledge

Chartered Teacher / Chartered Teacher Mentor opportunity

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, in partnership with GLF Schools, are one of ten national providers supporting the delivery of the Chartered College of Teaching’s Chartered Teacher Programme (also known as CTeach).

Further information is available within the attached flyer and brochure or please contact To apply to join the programme, click here.

We are also looking to recruit mentors for the CTeach programme. A role description and application form is available here.

Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 27 March 2020.

An information event will take place on Wednesday 11 March, 4.30-5.30pm at The Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5PF. Book here.

Curriculum and CPD

Association for Language Learning Portsmouth Primary Hub Meeting

Monday 16 March 2020 @ 16:00 // Cottage Grove Primary School, Southsea

Our next meeting of the Portsmouth Primary Hub will be a little different. Rather than focusing on a single theme, we will have a mixture of topics to explore and discuss.

Topics for the meeting include making progress over the key stage, developing writing skills in a foreign language and the benefits of including Latin in the KS2 curriculum.

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Primary Engineer fully funded CPD opportunity

Tuesday 24 March 2020 // Medina Primary School, Cosham

Primary Engineer and DSTL are offering primary schools in Portsmouth a fully funded CPD for the Structures and Mechanisms with Basic Electrics programme. The one day practical CPD course will enable you to deliver a whole-class, curriculum-mapped engineering project. Once trained, teachers will be able to deliver the programme each year with a new group of pupils and enter the celebration event every year.

Places are limited and are offered on a first come basis. To ensure your place on the programme please complete the registration form attached.

If you would like further information or have a question please contact the Primary Engineer team on (01282) 417333 or visit the website

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National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum Spring Meeting

Thursday 12 March 2020 // 4.00-6.00pm // Hampshire County Council, Winchester

The 11th National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, Berkshire and Hampshire Regional Interest Group will take place on Thursday 12 March 2020.

The theme is 'Using pupils' first languages to support their learning' and the Hampshire Specialist Teachers have put together an exciting agenda.

Find out more and book your place here. There is no charge for attending this event.

Foundation Curriculum Subjects at Primary

Following the information session on the Ark foundation curriculum project a few weeks ago, there are still a few spaces available for schools to visit Ark Dickens to see the foundation curriculum project in action. You will be given the opportunity to see some lessons as well as look at pupils work and talk to staff.

The date is Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 1.15 until 3pm. If you would like to attend, please contact for further information.

One Choice

Springfield School students learn about the consequences of substance misuse

Over 200 students at Springfield School heard real life accounts of the consequences of taking drugs in the first of 12 sessions of One Choice, a new programme of education for secondary schools in Portsmouth. The series, designed by Portsmouth City Council and believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, is aimed at helping young people to understand the facts and associated risks of taking substances, and how to avoid making the wrong choices.

One Choice will roll out over the coming months to all secondary schools in Portsmouth and the findings from the workshops in schools are part of a larger piece of work which will inform the future development of drugs education in the city.

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Emotional health and wellbeing

Community Partnership Information Sharing

Sharing of information is critical to a clearer picture of local/wider issues. Hampshire Constabulary want the support of education staff to share information, which could provide links where gaps in intelligence might exist. The CPI gives a safe/direct way to share non-urgent information, about those at risk of: Missing, Trafficked, Exploitation, Drug Related Harm, Modern Day Slavery, ASB etc.

If the information is non-urgent, not a crime and an individual is not at immediate risk, this can be shared using the CPI. The CPI is not a referral, it is for sharing non-urgent information.

Learn more

Consultation: Keeping children safe in education

The DfE is seeking views on proposed changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’, with a view to making changes for September 2020.

The consultation closes at 

A review of how schools and colleges are using part 4 of the 'Keeping children safe in education' guidance has recently been published. Read it here.

New young person's LGBTQ+ champion appointed

A special hustings was called on Friday 28 February to appoint a new LGBTQ+ champion at Portsmouth City Council. Young people from 4U, Portsmouth Pride Youth Society and pupils from the Miltoncross Diversity Group joined in to vote for their LGBTQ+ champion.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cllr Claire Udy and Cllr Chris Attwell put forward their case to be Portsmouth's newest champion. After much deliberation, Cllr Claire Udy was appointed. While Claire will work to promote LGBTQ+ equality in Portsmouth, her colleagues will continue to represent the views of young people in Portsmouth, working closely with Claire on issues affecting LGBTQ+ young people in the city.

Claire Udy

Don’t miss out! Last chance to book on to the new CAMHS course

Working with Parents // Monday 9 March 2020 // 9am to 12pm

This half day course covers why it's important to work in partnership with parents to improve child outcomes.

  • How to support anxious parents of anxious children
  • How to manage situations with parents when emotions are running high
  • How to support parents who have their own mental health issues
  • Creative ways of working with parents

The course includes a helpful resource pack. See attached for details and booking form.

Post 16 and higher education

Apprenticeships update for schools

An apprenticeships update is now available to read, including:

  • Withdrawal of Apprenticeship Frameworks (information for all schools)
  • LGA Apprenticeship Toolkit for schools (all schools)
  • Senior Leader - Master’s in Educational Leadership Apprenticeship (PCC Maintained schools)

Read now

School buildings and school places

Arundel Court

Sue Samson, CEO, University of Chichester Academy Trust, and Karen Stocks, Headteacher, Arundel Court Primary Academy, receiving the keys to the new building

New school building at Arundel Court

Pupils are expected to occupy a new 3-story building at Arundel Court Primary Academy this week following the formal handover to the University of Chichester Academy Trust at Half Term.

The Council has been able to secure an increase in the capacity of the school, and the replacement of unsuitable temporary classrooms, as part of the Priority School Building Programme Round 2 (PSPB2) which is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). The works were led and managed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Considerate Constructors

Left: ALNS construction site; Right: Steel framework at Ark Charter Academy

Considerate Constructors at Admiral Lord Nelson School and Ark Charter Academy

Contractors undertaking expansion projects at two Portsmouth schools have received excellent appraisals under the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The sites have been assessed in categories such as site appearance, respect for the community, protection for the environment, safety and valuing the workforce.

Midas Construction Limited are delivering a new classroom block and dance studio at Ark Charter Academy.

A new single-storey extension and sports pitches at Admiral Lord Nelson School are being provided by Neilcott Construction Limited.

Both teams have been praised for excellent project management, as well as their engagement with the respective Schools.

LA updates

Consultation on Portsmouth Travel Assistance Policies

The annual consultation on Portsmouth's draft travel assistance policies for children of statutory school age, and draft travel assistance statement for post-16 learners with special educational needs and disabilities is now available on the Portsmouth City Council website.

No changes are proposed to the criteria for determining which children and young people are eligible for travel assistance, but the guidance has been revised with the aim of making it clearer and easier for parents to understand, and to give more information about the range of ways in which travel assistance may be provided.

The consultation is open from Monday 2 March and will close at midnight on Wednesday 22 April 2020. Comments should be emailed to

Dates for your diary

5 March 2020
Teacher Workload and Retention Conference
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5 March 2020
Secondary Heads Conference Meeting
1.30pm - 3pm - ALNS

13 March 2020
Developmental Trauma or PACE
9.15am - 12.30pm - The Portsmouth Academy Training and Learning Centre
Book a place on PLG

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

25 March 2020
Introduction to Autism & Neurodiversity (ND)
3.45pm - 5.15pm - The Portsmouth Academy Training and Learning Centre
Book a place via the PLG

2 April 2020
Sensory Needs in the Mainstream Context
1.30pm - 3.30pm - The Portsmouth Academy Training and Learning Centre
Book a place via the PLG

23 April 2020
Portsmouth Education Partnership - our education strategy for the next 3 years
12.00 - 3.30pm - Village Hotel

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