PEP Bulletin w/c 15 June 2020

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19 June 2020

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Preparing for study, work and life

Flying Start Portsmouth shortlisted for award

Flying Start Portsmouth

Flying Start Portsmouth has been shortlisted in the Sixth Form College Awards under the community impact category.

Portsmouth College and Portsmouth City Council worked with a range of partners including The Southern Universities Network, Highbury College, and HSDC to deliver this essential resource for year 11s and their parent/carers. Everyone involved recognised the importance of supporting year 11s who had finished school early as a result of COVID-19.

The website continues to be developed with new resources and support for year 11s making plans for their future. Following the success of Flying Start Portsmouth other local authorities have joined the initiative and have developed their own Flying Start programmes.

Curriculum and CPD

Update on NQT induction and training for NQT mentors

An update from June Hutchinson on NQT induction is available to read here.

In support of NQT mentors, the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance are running free training online on Thursday 2 July. Please see the attached flyer and book via the PTSA website.

Contact if you have any questions.

Primary science resources to support home learning and provide CPD for staff

Primary science leads have put together a letter with helpful resources to support home learning and provide CPD for staff. If you have questions about science, please contact the primary SLE science team on the email addresses included. We also welcome feedback on how we can support you better moving forwards.

Please click on the link included in the letter and answer the brief questionnaire so they can begin planning.

View letter

Free online course: teaching languages in primary schools

Teaching languages in primary schools: putting research into practice

A team of researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Essex and Reading have developed a free online course designed to encourage research-informed practice in primary foreign language classrooms. The course is open to everyone.

The course will focus on key themes such as motivation and engagement, language development and literacy. There are three staged pathways (evaluator, reflector, innovator) which will encourage learners to explore and trial the pedagogic principles.

Learn more

Useful RE resources for teachers

The National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (NASACRE) have shared an updated document containing links to a range of useful RE resources. The organisation has collated a range of resources for RE teachers which includes online teaching resources and resources to support curriculum development.

Click here to view the list of resources.

Free webinar on supporting students to learn remotely

A free webinar is being run by HISP Research School which will explore the best evidence on supporting pupils to learn remotely. With the future looking uncertain, but likely to involve a mix of remote and classroom learning, Steve Smith, Director of HISP Research School, will reflect on the evidence and explore the lessons learnt from teaching remotely. 

The webinar will take place on 23 June 2020, 3:30pm - 4:30pm.


Money, values and me: free resources for children

Values, money and me is a free online resource developed by Experian to help children explore the world of money with teachers, parents and carers.

There are 10 character-led story units, each of which centres on a storybook with accompanying downloadable lesson plans and classroom materials, online interactive quizzes and games. Children will enjoy following the lives and experiences of the stories’ characters, who are dealing with dilemmas and challenges around money.

Learn more

Srebrenica Memorial Week 2020

This year’s Srebrenica Memorial Week will take place from 5-12 July. Communities across the UK will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide, where over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered, simply because of their faith.  

To find out more, visit the Remembering Srebrenica website. There is an education zone on the website which features free resources for primary and secondary schools.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Domestic abuse services are open

These are challenging times for anyone living with domestic abuse. Help is out there if you need it and our services are still open. If you or someone you know is living with domestic abuse, take action and seek help. Call the Stop Domestic Abuse helpline on 023 9206 5494. In an emergency call 999.

More info

Stop Domestic Abuse Service

LA updates

Update on the school aged immunisation programme

A message from the School Nursing Service which gives an update on the school aged immunisation programme following its postponement due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent partial closure of schools.

Click here to read the update.


NEOST staff wellbeing guide

NEOST has launched its staff wellbeing guide for schools and trusts.

The guide provides schools and trusts with information and guidance as well as signposting to other resources to best support the wellbeing of their staff, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download guide

Human resources Google homepage

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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