PEP Bulletin w/c 1 June 2020

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4 June 2020

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COVID-19 government updates

Free school meals during coronavirus

On 28 May the DfE updated the guidance for schools and councils on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak. The information on providing meals for pupils attending school, the national voucher scheme, and providing meals or food parcels through a food provider has been updated.

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Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications

This latest guidance clarifies the changes for EYFS requirements, especially for paediatric first aid, staffing levels and qualifications and assessing pupils using the EYFS profile.

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth launches campaign to highlight teacher training opportunities

Your time to teach

Teach Portsmouth has launched a brand new campaign to remind local residents that teacher training continues for September despite current circumstances. Initial teacher training providers in the city have shared a range of top tips and inspirational stories to inspire people into the profession.

If you know someone who's interested in becoming a teacher in Portsmouth, please share the Teach Portsmouth 'your time to teach' page with them.

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Curriculum and CPD

COVID-19 support programme for early career teachers

From September 2020 a new support package will be available for NQTs and NQT+1 teachers who have had their 2019/20 ITT or NQT training disrupted. This is being provided by a team of experts from a partnership between HISP Research School, HISP MAT, Hampshire SCITT and HISP Teaching School Network.

The programme will run in conjunction with the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance offer to NQTs and support the gaps for NQT/NQT+1 from this year.

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NQT induction programme update

As the current cohort of NQTs near the end of their induction, this is a reminder of the expectations regarding the completion of assessment form three. The key points from the government guidance are as follows:

"As many NQTs continue to work with schools in some form during this unprecedented period we would encourage induction to continue. Headteachers and appropriate bodies should continue to make a decision on whether a NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards, based on their performance throughout their induction.

This decision is still to be made at the end of the induction period, which for most would be the end of the academic year regardless of their absence due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak."

The full guidance is available here. A flowchart can be found here which may be helpful in reaching decisions if you are unsure about how to proceed.

If you have any individual concerns, please contact

Art packs for vulnerable pupils

Portsmouth Creates

Portsmouth Creates is looking to distribute free colouring packs to vulnerable children across the city who may not have access to art and creative supplies. If you know of children in your school who would benefit from receiving a free art pack, please contact

Solent Maths Hub update

Solent Maths Hub

The latest update from Solent Maths Hub is available to read here. The newsletter includes information on upcoming opportunities to access Maths Hub training in the next academic year.

Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service (HIAS) RE primary e-newsletter

The latest in a series of primary RE e-newsletters is now available to read here. The newsletter includes details of upcoming webinars on Islam and Christianity, and online RE networks for primary RE leaders.

Oxford University Press resources for schools

An overview of Oxford University Press resources available to schools can be found here.

Emotional health and wellbeing

British Psychological Society guidance to support children returning to school

The British Psychological Society has published new guidance to support education professionals to meet the psychological needs of children as they plan for their return to school.

‘Back to school: using psychological perspectives to support re-engagement and recovery’ complements government advice and offers a psychological perspective on the process of re-engaging children and young people with school.

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How alternative learning provision can support young learners

Academy21 is an alternative online learning provision supporting schools in delivering effective blended learning programmes. 

The Academy21 curriculum is underpinned by innovative pedagogy and excellence in teaching practice. From key stage 2 through to key stage 5, lessons are delivered according to the child’s tailored timetable and taught via the easy-to-use online classroom.

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Digital safety during COVID-19: safeguarding from harmful influences online

New guidance is available for parents on digital safety for children during COVID-19. This four-page document provides information on key questions such as 'What steps can I take to keep my child safe online?'

A list of further resources for helping to understand and protect children from different harms online is included. There is also a list of local contacts and information for Portsmouth.

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Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton (HIPS) child exploitation newsletter

The winter 2019/20 newsletter for the HIPS Child Exploitation Group is now available to read here.

The Safeguarding Children Partnerships of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and
Southampton are working together to tackle child exploitation. This new newsletter aims to
keep professionals in all four areas up-to date with issues and progress discussed, and
to flag up local and national campaigns.

LA updates

School Library Service update

The School Library Service is committed to supporting teachers, staff and pupils in schools and at home to maintain a sense of continuity as some pupils return to school.

School Library Service

The service is continuing to support schools through the following resources:

  • loan books for those children returning to school
  • books to support mental health issues
  • books to complement 'Sound Minds' the Music Hub initiative
  • the SLS eBook and eAudio platform 
  • The Day and The Day Explorer online news  
  • the SLS Twitter and Facebook accounts, keeping staff informed of resources available from authors, publishers and reading related resources
  • providing transition book lists for year 2 and year 6 pupils
  • continuing to support schools in the Book Awards process to enable these to reach completion for pupils
  • providing book reviews and recommendations for pupils and staff

​If you require further information or assistance with any of the above please contact or

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