PEP Bulletin w/c 25 May 2020

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28 May 2020

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth launches news hub to inspire future teachers

Teach Portsmouth

The Teach Portsmouth news hub is a newly-launched resource developed to inspire potential teachers by providing the information needed to start a career in teaching.

Through a range of content designed to offer a realistic picture of teaching locally, the news hub highlights the breadth of opportunities available in Portsmouth. Exciting new articles will be published each week.

Those interested will be able to find information on how to apply for teacher training, interviews from Portsmouth-based teachers and case studies from local providers.

Learn more

School improvement

Updated guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents

The government has updated its guidance for schools on reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2. This is to support teachers to prepare annual reports for parents following the cancellation of the 2019 to 2020 national curriculum assessments and partial school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Learn more here.

The guide for headteachers regarding school reports on pupil performance has also been updated. Read it here.

Curriculum and CPD

NQT induction programme 2020-21

The information flyer for the NQT induction programme in Portsmouth 2020-2021 can be found here. As schools are busy appointing staff for the autumn term, the letter and registration form for those who will be commencing NQT induction from September onward will be sent out shortly.

NQT induction will remain a one year programme in the next academic year. At present there is debate over how training sessions will be run, but please be assured that they will take place and the support and guidance will continue!

Further updates on the expectations for assessment for the current NQTs will be provided before the end of June. If you have any questions, please contact

Updates from the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance


The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance would like to introduce the first of our virtual network meetings:

Portsmouth STEM Network (KS3) // 04/06/20 // 3.00 – 4.30pm

This is the termly meeting for the Portsmouth STEM Network, which is delivering training on one of the most popular Royal Academy of Engineering boxes, ‘engineering at the movies’. The first 15 people to sign up receive a free resources box.

Book now

STEM Learning Logo

As part of our STEM champion status, Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is working in collaboration with STEM Learning to deliver ‘running STEM clubs online'.

This course is for teachers, educators, parents or STEM ambassadors who want to run a STEM club remotely or online. The course is free and takes place through an online community group on the STEM Learning website. It is designed to run over one week, with a total duration of two to three hours. The course pages remain open to you to access for 10 weeks. 

Book now

Updates from the Association for Language Learning Portsmouth Primary Hub

Slides from the recent Association for Language Learning Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting are available here. These include ideas and resources shared during the meeting for teaching languages in this new environment.

The new digital issue of Languages Today, the quarterly magazine from the Association for Language Learning, has now been published online. You can download the magazine for free here.

Webinars: collective trauma recovery plan during COVID-19

During June, Louise Bomber will be hosting a series of webinars on collective trauma recovery planning during COVID-19. An information flyer can be found here.

There is no charge to schools for attending, and senior leaders from as many settings as possible are encouraged to join. The webinars will be recorded so that they can be used as CPD with staff over the coming weeks.

Zoom invites will be sent out to headteachers in due course so please hold the dates.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Policing the pandemic: survey for young people aged 13-25

In partnership with Leaders Unlocked, this youth-led project is working across England and Wales to:

  • Examine young people’s experiences of policing during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Involve young people in developing solutions to improve the policing approach, now and in the future.

Young people aged 13-25 can contribute to this project via a short online questionnaire. The deadline for responses is 5 June 2020.

Learn more

Safe4me news update

The latest Safe4me news e-bulletin from the Hampshire Police Education Partnership Team is now available. This issue includes information about new content added to the Safe4me COVID-19: supporting education and safeguarding children webpage. The e-bulletin also contains useful links, articles and resources from other partner organisations.

View update

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Day - 25 June 2020

RSE Day is on 25 June 2020. The annual event celebrates relationships and sex education in schools and reaffirms the importance of teaching young people about this subject.

The Sex Education Forum have created '20 ideas for RSE Day 2020' packs for primary and secondary settings. These are available to download for free here.

The Sex Education Forum is also welcoming nominations for the 2nd National RSE Teaching Awards, with the winner being announced on RSE Day. Nominations close on 5 June 2020. Find out more here.

Communicating with children about COVID-19

Key worker parents and carers may be facing the pressure of having difficult conversations with their children and families on their role as a key worker, and how this may impact on the safety and dynamics of their family.

In collaboration with clinicians at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, NHS England and NHS Improvement have published some written and audio guidance for key workers that will support them in having those difficult conversations.

Learn more

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Inclusion Service updates

An update on the Inclusion Outreach Service and Education Psychology Service is available to read here. This outlines the support for schools being provided by these services at this time, along with contact details.

LA updates

Year 3 free school meals entitlement

At this time of year we usually send letters to all parents whose children are starting in year 3 in September, advising on their eligibility of free school meals, as the universal free school meal offer will end for their child once they finish year 2. However, due to current restrictions in place this is something that can't be completed before the end of term.

Therefore, those students who are showing on your weekly free school meal list as eligible will continue to be eligible when starting in year 3. If the student is showing on your list as not eligible they will not be eligible in year 3, unless their entitlement changes between now and September.

Please could we ask you to share the information with your year 2 families so they are clear about whether their child has free school meals from September. Thank you for your help.


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.

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