PEP Bulletin w/c 6 July 2020

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10 July 2020

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Curriculum and CPD

Curriculum recovery planning for primary writing and gap analysis

Sarah Hilditch is working on a 'recovery curriculum planning' set of materials for writing. This will consist of a half term recovery block for writing for each year group (Y1-Y6) and will include diagnostic tools and a progression of key skills document. The package will have suggested texts to go with it but schools can apply the package to different texts of their choice if preferred. 

These materials will be available for free to all schools who bought the SLA for moderation in 2019-20 and will be available by the end of term. If you are interested in having these materials, please contact Sarah Hilditch:

Curriculum planning for primary maths from September

The DfE and NCETM have published some guidance to support curriculum planning for primary maths from September. The publication aims to:

  • bring greater coherence to the national curriculum by exposing core concepts in the national curriculum and demonstrating progression from year 1 to year 6
  • summarise the most important knowledge and understanding within each year group and important connections between these mathematical topics.

The publication identifies the most important conceptual knowledge and understanding that pupils need as they progress from year 1 to year 6. These important concepts are referred to as ready-to-progress criteria and provide a coherent, linked framework to support pupils’ mastery of the primary mathematics curriculum.

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Digital strategy breakfast taster and workshop events

The digital strategy breakfast taster and workshop events on 15 and 16 July are now available to book on the Portsmouth Learning Gateway. We would encourage all primary school colleagues who are at an early stage of their "digital journey" to sign up for both sessions.

It will be important to ensure that all Portsmouth schools are able to respond positively to the government's expectation, expressed in the guidance for full opening of schools published on 2 July, that schools have the capacity to immediately offer high quality remote education for small groups of children needing to self-isolate or in the event of a local lockdown.

Breakfast schools' digital strategy taster event SCH/20/53

Developing your school's digital strategy workshop SCH/20/54

British Council language trends 2020 report

Language trends, which started in 2002, is an annual survey of primary and secondary
schools in England, designed to gather information about the situation for language
teaching and learning.

This year's survey was carried out from early March to mid-April 2020 and the survey report has now been published.

Find out more

Ofqual GCSE, AS and A level assessment consultation

Ofqual have issued a consultation on proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021. Those wishing to respond to the consultation should complete the online response by 16 July 2020.

Find out more about the current and proposed changes to modern foreign languages assessment arrangements here.

STEM summer academy: free online workshops

STEM summer academy

This is a unique opportunity for students to access a variety of high quality STEM online workshops through Glasgow University. This opportunity has come from the RAEng connecting STEM teachers networks. The project is targeted at year 6, 7 and 8 pupils and the feedback from students so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

The set-up is easy and you just need to direct parents and students to the website to get started. A resource is available below that you can share with parents to help set this up. 

To access the materials and register, please click the following link and share with your parents and students:

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Portsmouth families challenged to trek to Tokyo!

To commemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which are postponed until 2021, Hampshire School Games Organisers (SGOs) are challenging families to ‘trek to Tokyo’.

Trek to Tokyo is a 6-week programme for the summer holidays to challenge young people to complete daily physical activities and creative tasks throughout the week. Pupils can earn miles for each activity completed and record daily miles on a chart as they trek towards Tokyo.

Each week a new booklet can be downloaded from the Energise Me website. Bronze, silver and gold certificates will be awarded when you reach certain milestones en route!

Trek to Tokyo

For more information contact Portsmouth SGO Madeleine Campbell at

Unloc digital careers, enrichment and student voice support for next term


Unloc work with school, college and business leaders to deliver a range of programmes that help develop young people’s skills, enhance their potential and boost their determination to succeed. Unloc are able to provide a range of online options to support digital careers, enrichment and student voice efforts next academic year, including:

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

New free bereavement resources for schools

Simon Says

Simon Says, the child bereavement support charity, have created a range of free lessons and resources for schools, split into the following age groups: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2.

View and download the resources here.

LGBTQ+ support for young people

A reminder from the LGBTQ+ team at early help and prevention that we are still supporting those students and young people with their gender and sexuality exploration.

Like most services we are navigating our way through this time but we are still supporting:

  • Young people directly through 1-2-1 support or access to our youth group (currently virtual)
  • Parents of young people who are dealing with LGBTQ+ related issues
  • Professionals with guidance and support including a resource bank

If you have any questions, please contact:

LGBTQ poster

Substance misuse briefing from DASS

The latest substance misuse briefing from the Drugs and Alcohol Support Service (DASS) is available to read here.

The service continues to offer guidance and advice to professionals and parents in responding to concerns of substance misuse. DASS can accept referrals and make contact with young people where there are concerns of substance misuse, to provide a confidential service.

Young people, parents or professionals can contact DASS at or call/text 07951497898 or 07557753131.

School buildings and school places

A new school for Mayfield

Following a successful application for Priority School Building funds, in February 2020, construction of a multi-million pound replacement school commenced on the east field of Mayfield School site.

As the picture demonstrates, construction work has progressed well, with the new school due to complete in July 2021. It will be the first, state, purpose-built “all through” school in Portsmouth.

Mayfield School

The council have worked closely with the DfE and Kier Construction to produce what we think will be an exceptional school building and place of learning. The facilities offered will continue to support a strong performing arts curriculum and also a STEAM centre with state of the art innovation laboratories.

Increasing the size of secondary schools

The rise in primary pupil numbers in recent years is now starting to impact on the availability of secondary pupil places. In order to meet this demand and despite the challenges of both an extremely wet winter followed by the implications of COVID-19, the following projects have been progressing well with completion still on schedule for September 2020:

  • Admiral Lord Nelson - increase capacity by 250 places
  • Charter Academy - increase capacity by 300 places
  • The Portsmouth Academy - increase capacity by 300 places
  • Building work is also progressing well at Redwood Park Academy to provide additional teaching areas in time for September.

Through a close working partnership with the building contractors, academy trusts and council officers, all projects not only managed to continue throughout the pandemic but will be complete and ready to welcome pupils back as planned in September.

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LA updates

Final allocation ATFs and CTFS for September 2020 transfer

Please be aware that the final ATFs and CTFs for September 2020 transfer will be distributed to all schools from 7 July 2020.

Due to the cancellation of the summer 2020 attainment collection this year's final allocation CTFs are only intended to be an update of the pupil list from the provisional allocation sent to schools earlier this year. However, the CTFs will contain historic attainment from previous academic years. Secondary transfer CTFs will contain EYFSP, phonics and KS1 while the junior transfer CTFs will contain EYFSP and phonics where available. As in previous years, the final ATFs for pupils starting school will not have any historic attainment data.

An email will be sent to admin and head teacher email contacts to notify schools once the file has been distributed. For further information, please call 02392841078 or email

Education Information Services: alternative primary school profiles summer 2020

A reminder that for summer 2020, the EIS team can provide a version of our school profiles to support your school, should you wish us to do so. We have provided you with templates on SSE to complete and send back to us. Thank you to those schools that have already done so.

To receive your profile early in the autumn term, you will need to return data by the end of the summer term. If you cannot meet this deadline but wish to receive a profile, you can give us data before autumn half term (with a view to receiving the profile by the end of term). Please remember that this is a voluntary process, you don't have to provide data for all assessments that pupils would have taken, and that the data must not be used for accountability purposes.

For further information, please email

Advice and support on cleaning

Did you know that Portsmouth City Council offers a cleaning support service? For a one-off payment linked to the size of the school, colleagues from the council's property and housing services team will carry out an audit of your cleaning service.

This includes a health-check of your school's compliance with legislation around COSHH, health and safety and making recommendations regarding any concerns, training needs, security, cross contamination and potential opportunities to improve efficiency.  

For more information see the traded services website or contact


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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