PEP Bulletin w/c 13 July 2020

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PEP Bulletin

16 July 2020

Please note that next week's issue of the PEP bulletin will be the last of this term. If you have information to be included, please send your text, image and link by Tuesday at 12pm to

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Update on the Teach Portsmouth Awards

Teach Portsmouth

Long service award launched

Even though we've postponed the awards until 12 March 2021, we would like to launch the long service award category ahead of other award categories going live on the 5 October.

This award is to celebrate the staff in our schools/colleges who have served in Portsmouth for 20 years or more. We anticipate that the majority of schools will want to recognise up to 5 people for this award online. However, if you have more than 5 people that you would like to recognise, please email and we can make separate arrangements for the nominations. The closing date for this category has been extended to Monday 7 September at 5pm.

We hope to present the awards in a special ceremony outside each school/college gate during October. Information on this will be announced nearer the time.

Nominate now

Prepare your nominations ahead of 5 October

While the Teach Portsmouth Awards are some time away, we know how much they mean to you and your colleagues. That's why we want to prepare you for when nominations open online on 5 October.

We've released a Word template so you can start readying your application. When online nominations open, you can simply copy and paste your entries into our online form. You can find out about nomination categories and more on Teach Portsmouth's website.

Learn more

Show Teach Portsmouth your creativity!

Teach Portsmouth are still on the lookout for photos and videos that showcase the incredible efforts staff have gone to when supporting Portsmouth's children during the pandemic.

This will form part of a special showreel that will be played at the awards ceremony on the night. Don't forget - we need permission from those who feature in pictures/videos. Please complete a Portsmouth City Council release form which will enable us to use your content.

Once you've completed it, please send the form and your pictures/videos to

We would love to receive your images and videos before the end of term if possible.

Curriculum and CPD

Curriculum planning for 2020-21

There are several good websites offering advice and suggestions about planning the curriculum for 2020-21. The main points that schools should consider are:

  • planning a curriculum which is engaging and takes into account pupils' social and emotional needs
  • planning a curriculum which focuses on the most important parts of learning in each of the subjects and does that well rather than trying to cover too much and doing this less well
  • assessing what pupils have learnt and can remember when they return in a way that gives the teacher useful information which they can use to inform future planning (quizzes, conversations, marking etc.)

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HISP'S July 2020 newsletter

The HISP Research School's July 2020 newsletter is now available to read. It includes Sadie Thompson's 'The Covid Classroom' blog and other remote teaching reflections.

Read it now

Year 6 financial literacy resources

City Pay it Forward is a UK registered charity started by a group of civically-minded parents concerned about the dire statistics on youth indebtedness. Using their collective knowledge as finance and business professionals and their experience as parents, they collaborated with leading educators to produce a comprehensive year 6 financial literacy curriculum.

The curriculum was delivered to every primary school in the UK for free earlier in the year. The materials have been extensively peer-reviewed and benefit from the Young Money Quality Mark which is endorsed by the Department for Education and Education Scotland. They also are based on interactions with over 15,000 students at over 150 schools across the country to create engaging and age-appropriate materials.

All the materials can be downloaded for free at

Save the date: Association for Language Learning primary languages conference

The Association for Language Learning's online primary languages conference will take place on on Saturday 17 October 2020 from 9.00am - 3.00pm. The online conference tool Zoom will be used.

The theme of the conference is 'Pillars of Progression' and the keynote speaker will be Michael Wardle, Ofsted Lead for Languages. There will be five more speakers presenting on grammar, phonics, vocabulary, songs, stories and rhymes and culture on the same theme.

View programme

Emotional health and wellbeing

Resources to support conversations about wellbeing

The DfE has created a leaflet to provide advice, information and access to resources for teachers in the context of check-in conversations they may have with pupils before the end of term. The leaflet is available to download from the Public Health England's campaign resource centre.

The Anna Freud Centre, on behalf of the Schools Wellbeing Partnership (National Children’s Bureau), have also produced a blog that explains how schools might use a check-in with pupils before the end of term to support their wellbeing and help them move positively to the next stage of their education. Read it here.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

SENCO network newsletter

The latest issue of the SENCO network newsletter is now available to read following the meeting on 2 July 2020. This summarises the information shared at the most recent network meeting as well as other items of relevance to SENCOs.

Read now

LA updates

School census updates 2020/21

Autumn 2020 census: please be aware that the following changes will only apply to the autumn census as a result of the cancellation of the summer 2020 census.

  • No attendance data will be collected in the autumn census. Any attendance data present will be stripped out of the file upon upload into COLLECT.
  • Records for pupils who have left your school since the last census are still required, if the pupils were born between 01/09/2003 and 31/08/2015, with a leaving date between 01/01/2020 and 31/07/2020.
  • The exclusion collection period will be from 01/09/2019 to the 31/07/2020.
  • The FSM collection period will be from 17/01/2020 (day after the January census) to the 01/10/2020 (autumn census date).

Spring 2021 census: please be aware that from spring 2021 the DfE will be collecting all categories of school attendance rather than just absence. From the start of the autumn term, the code set for exclusion reasons will change to include the use of additional codes while the code 'other' is discontinued. Additionally, from the autumn term up to three reasons per exclusion can be recorded. These exclusion changes will only be collected from the spring 2021 census and will only apply to data that pertains to the autumn term onward.

Full 2019/20 term attendance and changes

Can all schools please ensure they provide the Education Information Services team with a final attendance and changes file after registers close on the final day of term. This will help to ensure the new data can be updated efficiently in September.

Non-SIMS schools will need to upload their files to SSE; SIMS schools will need to complete a manual transfer. If you are unsure of how to do so, please email

Message from the home to school transport team - return of pupil lists and contact details during the summer

For those schools who have yet to return the pupil lists for home to school transport, please can you do so as soon as possible.

Can you also send to the team (contact details below), details of someone they can contact at the school during the summer holiday period in case they have any queries. Due to the impact of COVID-19 we are behind on our planning and we may need to contact individual schools for clarification on transport routes, pupils, health forms etc. It is essential we do this to ensure we can have everything ready for September.

Please return the pupil lists and summer contact details to: and copy in

Contact numbers are: 02392 834524 and 02392 437700.

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