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2 July 2020

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Early years

Reception baseline assessment postponed

The DfE has announced that the statutory reception baseline assessment will be postponed until September 2021 due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, schools have the option to take part in the RBA early adopter year to familiarise themselves with assessment materials before the RBA becomes statutory.

State-funded schools with a reception cohort will be able to participate in the RBA early adopter year. Schools who choose to participate will receive assessment materials shortly before the October 2020 half term, with the optional assessment window opening for six-weeks after the October half term. The recruitment window for schools to sign up opens on 25 June and closes on 24 July 2020.

Find out more

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Changes to the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2020

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth needs you!

The Teach Portsmouth team need your help. We want to shine a light on all the fantastic work that has been going on in Portsmouth during the pandemic.

The team would like schools and colleges to send photos and videos that showcase 'the incredible efforts staff have gone to' to support Portsmouth's children. This will form part of a showreel to be played at the awards ceremony.

From playground art to viral videos, content from all partners would be welcome. Please remember to complete a release form to ensure the correct permissions have been sought and review usage details before sending us your content. Please send your pictures and videos alongside the release form to:

Looking ahead to 2021

The Teach Portsmouth team has taken the decision to postpone the Teach Portsmouth Awards in light of COVID-19 and current government guidance. The awards are now planned for 12 March 2021 at Portsmouth Guildhall. 

The team feel it is important to deliver an event that is safe for everyone. You can find out more information about these changes on the Teach Portsmouth website including details about the competition, nominations and an alternative celebratory event for October.

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Curriculum and CPD

YouTube musical for younger children: Bombay's Big Adventure

The countdown is on! Thursday 2 July at 6.00pm sees the launch of the YouTube premier, Bombay's Big Adventure. Arrive just before 6.00pm and enjoy the show!

Hundreds of children from across the city were due to perform in this show on 2 July. Instead, Portsmouth Music Hub has created an online version for you to join in, sing along and enjoy fantastic performances. It will be thirty minutes of captivating musical fun all based in Portsmouth.

Bombay's Big Adventure tells the story of Bombay the black and white cat who has lost his owner, Melody the musician. Bombay embarks on a musical journey, searching for Melody at some of Portsmouth's most famous venues and landmarks.

Join in

The Pompey Pirates literacy hub

The Literacy Hubs

The Pompey Pirates provides an intensive, year-long after school literacy catch up programme that works with children aged 9 to 13. We support schools to close the gap and catch students up following recent school closures.

For more information, see the schools pack here.

Sex Education Forum RSE Teaching Awards winners announced

Congratulations to Helen Merel, Lyndhurst Junior School, and Jo Morgan, Portsmouth Grammar School, who have been announced as winners in this year's Sex Education Forum RSE Teaching Awards:

Helen Merel, Lyndhurst Junior School - Best RSE teacher 2020 – primary
Jo Morgan, Portsmouth Grammar School - Best RSE teacher 2020 – secondary

The panel were blown away by how nominees described the winners’ work:

'Helen has been dedicated to the thorough delivery of high-quality, fully inclusive RSE education and as a result has successfully challenged the use of homophobic language.’

‘What makes Jo exceptional is that though she creates a safety bubble, the atmosphere of positivity around sex and relationships has spread across the majority of the faculty and school’, said one student. A colleague added she taught with the ‘utmost honesty and transparency.’

Musical inclusion survey - Portsmouth Music Hub

Portsmouth Music Hub would be extremely grateful if those who work in schools, academies and colleges could complete their musical inclusion survey by 30 September 2020, as part of a city-wide review. This will help to find out more about what is happening with musical inclusion at the moment. It will also look at what kind of provision, support and opportunities would benefit children and young people in Portsmouth in the future.

We understand how busy everyone is right now but appreciate any responses you could give at this challenging time. The feedback will be used to create a new musical inclusion strategy that meets the needs of children and young people in Portsmouth. Thank you for your time!

Take survey

Free CPD sessions from Nacoa

Nacoa (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) is in a position to deliver some free CPD sessions to school staff in Portsmouth around identifying the needs of and supporting young people affected by alcoholism within the family unit / family home.

The virtual CPD covers:

  • Who are Nacoa?
  • Our work
  • Nacoa model of care
  • Alcohol: the family illness
  • The roles
  • Living with the problem
  • Outlook
  • Info for teachers
  • More information

The training is delivered directly by Nacoa, who are currently waiting to plan in some dates and times. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, please email Chantelle Knight (PSRHE Development Officer) at stating your interest.

Association for Language Learning Portsmouth primary hub meeting

The last meeting of the academic year for the Portsmouth primary hub will take place virtually on Thursday 9 July 2020 at 4.00pm.

The meeting will include an update on what’s happening with ALL (the Association for Language Learning) and Marie Allen will be sharing some ideas for 'assessing without tears'. There will also be an opportunity for a 'show and tell' of resources we have found to work well – and maybe some that haven’t been so successful.

View flyer

Pompey's Military Kids: summer PE challenge for service children and young people

£100 prize for 'best' school!

Do you look forward to taking part in Pompey's Military Kids' annual sports event? If you do, you will be pleased to hear that this year, instead of our usual event, we are running an exciting fitness challenge for all children and young people from a service family.

Please see the flyer and workouts document for all the details.

If your school receives service pupil premium (SPP) for any of your pupils you are invited to join in the Pompey's Military Kids network. We meet regularly to explore the challenges service children face and how to make best use of your SPP. Contact

Looking for research volunteers: children and young people aged 11 to 16 who have a parent in the armed forces

A trainee educational psychologist is looking for young people aged 11 to 16 with a parent in the armed forces to take part in a doctoral study. Participants need to be willing to talk about their experiences of education.

Anyone interested in taking part can view the flyer available here for more information and contact details.

Emotional health and wellbeing

My Back to School Bubble' e-storybook

‘My Back to School Bubble’ aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way. It reinforces public health messages including the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene, while reassuring children that everyone makes mistakes, helping to combat feelings of anxiety, that have been reported by parents.

The published story is available as a free download and can be found alongside other COVID-19 resources on the e-Bug website.

Help to evaluate this resource and inform future projects by filling in the feedback survey.

Puberty education year 5 - toolkit for schools

Chantelle Knight, PSHE Framework Development Officer, has created a signposting toolkit for schools. The toolkit can be used by yourselves to source information for year 5 parents in perhaps a "puberty parent pack". It could also be shared directly with year 5 parents for them to review at home in supporting with those conversations with their children, should they wish.

Every resource on this document is age appropriate for a year 5 cohort. Most of the sites / resources have parent info areas, as well as up to date information videos that can be easily accessed at home. There are also plenty of downloadable and printable resources should schools wish to put together "puberty packs" to be sent home as guidance for parents.


Top tips for building and maintaining relationships via video communication platforms


The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership have produced a document to support prioritising relationships when working virtually.

We have put together a set of ten top tips to help people navigate the world of video conferencing when supporting each other and families. Building and maintaining relationships are more important than ever before, especially at this time.


DfE webinar: supporting returning pupils and students’ mental wellbeing

10.00 - 11.00am // Thursday 9 July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE), in collaboration with NHS England and Public Health England, will be hosting a free webinar for school and college staff on how to support returning pupils and students. You will hear from experts on the impacts of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental wellbeing and recovery techniques, and from education leaders about the actions they have been taking.

For further information and to sign-up, click here. Please note that the event is currently full, however by joining the waitlist you will receive a recording of the webinar.

Support for parents and carers

Families under pressure is a series of informative and reassuring short videos designed to give useful tips for all parents and guardians as they support their children's wellbeing and behaviour.

Parents and carers can also access individual support for their families by booking a telephone parenting surgery session with one of early help's specialist parenting family support workers. View the flyer for more information.

Please distribute the link and the flyer to parents and carers.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark update


An update from Sarah Christopher on the Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark is now available. This gives an update on progress so far, and a reminder that completed self-assessments should be returned to

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LA updates

Term and holiday dates for Portsmouth schools 2021/2022

The results of the consultation with schools on the proposed term and holiday dates for the academic year 2021/2022 received 23 responses. Of these, 21 were for option 1, and 2 for option 2. Governors and staff expressed opinions that aligning with the Hampshire dates was preferable as many staff have children attending Hampshire schools and they would not want different half term dates.

With option 1 receiving the highest number of responses agreeing to the proposed dates, it is therefore confirmed that the agreed term and holiday dates for the academic year 2021/2022 are:

02 September 2021 to 22 October 2021
01 November 2021 to 17 December 2021
04 January 2022 to 18 February 2022
28 February 2022 to 08 April 2022
25 April 2022 to 27 May 2022
06 June 2022 to 22 July 2022

LA contact: Rachel Mckeever, Children Families and Education
Tel: 023 9284 1705

Download dates

Interested in finding out more about fostering before taking the next step?

Foster Portsmouth are holding a free virtual presentation on Tuesday 7 July allowing you to discover more from the comfort of your own home!

The virtual presentation, held over zoom, will cover the benefits of fostering in Portsmouth, the different types of foster care available, what the assessment process is like and much more. You will also hear first-hand from a current foster carer.


Foster Portsmouth virtual presentation

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