PEP (Schools) Bulletin w/c 9 March 2020

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PEP Bulletin

9 March 2020

Early years

Second keynote speaker announced for EY Workforce Conference 2020

Saturday 28 March 2020 // 9.00am - 4.00pm // Portsmouth Grammar School

Join Dr Jo Crane, Consultant Community Paediatrician, to explore the 'The Chimp Paradox' and the work of Professor Steve Peters. Steve is the best-selling author of 'My Hidden Chimp,' written to help children understand and manage their emotions.

Dr Crane will also share the work of Dr Dan Siegel and his 'hand model' and explore the neuroscience of the mind. Being part of this key note presentation will build your knowledge of how we can support children to develop habits which in turn help them to understand and manage their emotions and behaviour.

Learn more

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teacher Workload and Retention Conference

New strategies discussed at Teacher Workload and Retention Conference

Teach Portsmouth

The Teacher Workload and Retention Conference took place at the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 5 March. Over 40 delegates attended the event as keynote speakers including Sean Harford, Ofsted's National Director of Education and Judith Rutherford, National Leader of Governance spoke about their experiences.

A Portsmouth panel of local senior leaders spoke about techniques they have implemented alongside practical steps towards wellbeing improvements. Delegates commented on how important information sharing is with Portsmouth colleagues as well as learning about new ways to reduce workload and increase retention in the city.

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Curriculum and CPD

Upcoming Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance Courses


Courses running throughout March at the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance include:

10/03/20 - KS1 Moderation Surgery (booking closed)
11/03/20 - Portsmouth English Network - Secondary
12/03/20 - Reading Research Project (booking closed)
17/03/20 - Pre Key Stage Standards Training
17/03/20 - Women Leading in Education

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.

Pamodzi Creatives Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Awards

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance was delighted to be invited to the Pamodzi Creatives celebration of Inspirational Women of Portsmouth on 6th March. Not only was the evening a fantastic showcase of Portsmouth’s inspiring and talented women from all sectors of society, it was a huge honour for us as three of our members were nominated for the Education Award.

The award was won by one of them – Laura Watford SLE, who was nominated for the STEM work she has grown throughout the city with the Teaching School, from Science networks to support from the Royal Academy of Engineering going straight into Portsmouth schools. Laura was extra impressive as she brought along her week-old baby Millicent who was surely the youngest inspiration in the room! Sarah Hilditch SLE and Teaching School Director Sophie Venables were also nominated for the award and we are extremely proud of all three of them.

Pamodzi Creatives Inspirational Women in Portsmouth

Understanding Humanism Primary Teacher Training

Thursday 26 March // 9.30am–12.30pm // London WC1R 4RL

This half-day training event will enhance your subject knowledge of humanism and provide you with ideas and tools to support your teaching about non-religious worldviews at primary school level.

The course is open to primary school teachers of KS1 and 2. It will be of particular value to RE leaders looking to introduce non-religious worldviews to their RE curriculum.

Find out more and book your place here.

Working with EAL children: A workshop for school teachers
and speech and language therapists

21 May 2020 // 1.30–5.00pm // Institute of Education, University of Reading

This free workshop from BilingualismMatters@Reading is an opportunity for school teachers and speech and language therapists to share experiences and perspectives around the relationship between EAL and SLCN. Content is directed to teachers of pupils in upper Key Stage 2 and Secondary (ages 9–16) who are classroom-based.

Find out more and register here.

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Emotional health and wellbeing

Children and young people: Healthy relating for mental health and wellbeing

Wednesday 3 June 2020 // 9.00am–4.00pm // Portsmouth Grammar School

You are invited to participate with us in a whole day exploring, learning and networking.

We hope that you will come away empowered, inspired and skilled-up in emotional relating with children and young people that supports and promotes healthy attachment, emotional wellbeing and resilience.

We are delighted to announce that the writer and activist Natasha Devon MBE will be leading this day of engaged activity. Natasha has toured the world's schools, colleges, universities, delivering talks and conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality.

Find out more and book your place here.

Invitation to the Regional Hub meetings for Prevent

On Wednesday 18 March, 4.456.15pm, the Association for Citizenship Teaching are holding a workshop on 'Developing an educational approach to Prevent: taking stock and moving on'.

The meetings are FREE to attend and are also being run as online webinars which means you can join from wherever you are.

To sign up, click here.

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Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

World Autism Awareness Week: 30 March – 5 April 2020

Autism Hampshire is a local charity which supports people on the autism spectrum in Hampshire. Each year, as part of World Autism Awareness Week we run our Autism Heroes campaign, which asks people to nominate their Autism Hero; whether that be a famous person or someone you admire on the autism spectrum, or maybe a parent or carer who supports someone on the autism spectrum.

To help raise the profile of this campaign and to raise awareness and understanding of autism we are inviting schools in the Hampshire area to participate in a Dress Down Day with the theme of Superheroes.

The date of the dress down day is Thursday 2 April which is World Autism Day, although if another date is more convenient for your school that would be ok!

Find out more

The Value of Interests

Janet Myers, (Educational Psychologist at Portsmouth City Council) in partnership with Pierre and his family, writes about a young man who, as his mum describes, experienced severe communication and behaviour difficulties as a young child, and who has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Read the article

School attendance

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'If you're creative, you can always avoid exclusions'

Nys Hardingham, head teacher at Admiral Lord Nelson School, has been interviewed by Tes. The head of the Tes creative school of the year explains why she's 'absolutely, vehemently opposed' to permanent exclusions.

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LA updates

Education Information Services School Data Meetings

The next school data meetings organised by Education Information Services (EIS) will take place towards the end of the Spring term in the Civic Offices. Aimed at staff responsible for data statutory returns (including headteachers, finance officers, MIS managers or admin officers), the sessions are to raise awareness of forthcoming data collections (including summer attainment) and to ensure that schools are obtaining best value from the team.

There are 3 possible sessions to attend: either the morning of Monday 23 March, the afternoon of Friday 27 March, or the morning of Monday 30 March 2020.

Booking is via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway. Attendance is free for schools that purchase the EIS SLA.

For further information, please email:

Dates for your diary

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

23 March 2020
School Data Meeting - Spring 2020
9.30am - 11.30am - Conference Room A, Civic Offices
Book a place via the PLG

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

27 March 2020
School Data Meeting - Spring 2020
13.30pm - 3.30pm - Conference Room A, Civic Offices
Book a place via PLG

30 March 2020
School Data Meeting - Spring 2020
9.30am - 11.30am - Conference Room B, Civic Offices
Book a place via 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

22 April 2020
Autism and Neurodiversity (ND) in the Mainstream Setting
3.45pm - 5.15pm - 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
12.00pm - 3.30pm - Village Hotel

23 April 2020
Total Communication, Visual Structure & Support
12.30pm - 3.30pm - The Portsmouth Academy Training and Learning Centre
Book a place via the PLG

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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