PEP Bulletin w/c 20 July 2020

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22 July 2020

A message from Alison Jeffery

22 July 2020 marks the end of what has felt like one of the longest summer terms. I can't thank everyone enough for the efforts you have all made to support children and young people throughout the lockdown. This includes schools, early years settings, FE providers, health providers, voluntary sector providers and council staff across a range of services.

Schools were open from the very start of the lockdown providing care for key worker children and vulnerable children and then later we saw certain year groups coming back from 1 June (Year R, 1 and 6) and from 15 June (Year 10 and Year 12). Early Years were also supporting key worker children from the start and it is really encouraging to see that 75% of settings are now open with more returning during the summer and ready for September. It's been a phenomenal effort and there has been a mountain of guidance to work through to ensure all education settings were safe.

But the fact is, around 70% of pupils have not spent any length of time in school for the whole of the summer term. Schools have been working with parents and carers to support home learning but inevitably experiences have varied. I am committed to continuing the work we have done with schools to try to identify and support effectively our most vulnerable children and young people and their families.

With all year groups coming back in September, we need to see all pupils back in school. But I recognise many parents will be anxious. That is why over the summer we will be promoting a 'Welcome Back' message, highlighting the lengths that education settings are going to in order to make it safe to learn, together with messages about the very low infection rates in Portsmouth.

I hope everyone manages to get some kind of break over the summer. Never has it been deserved more.

Alison Jeffery
Director, Children, Families and Education
Portsmouth City Council

Cllr Suzy Horton says thank you

Portsmouth's tremendous teachers, support teams and head teachers have been recognised in a brand new video from councillor Suzy Horton, cabinet member for children, education and families at Portsmouth City Council.

Teach Portsmouth and Portsmouth Education Partnership have launched a new campaign asking Portsmouth's residents to say thanks. Cllr Suzy Horton has shared her words of gratitude online in a special message.

Watch video

Cllr Horton

Preparing for study, work and life

National Citizen Service (NCS) offer for summer 2020

National Citizen Service

NCS and Pompey in the Community have redesigned this summer's NCS programme and are offering ‘Keep Doing Good’. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get some volunteering experience whilst also making a positive impact in the community.

Young people (years 10, 11 and 12) can take part for two weeks, four days a week. They will learn new skills, meet new people and plan and deliver a social action project that they are passionate about.

If you have any questions please contact the Pompey NCS team:

Phone: 02392 728 899 or 07969 686 692

Find out more

St Paul's Catholic Primary School year 6 awards presentation

St Paul's Catholic Primary School held an open-air awards ceremony last week for their year 6 pupils.

Prizes were awarded to celebrate their achievements and pupils were wished goodbye and good luck for moving up to secondary school in September.

St Paul's Year 6 Awards Presentation

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Early years

Pre-launch for professionals: 50 things to do before you’re 5 in Portsmouth

50 things focuses on getting families out and about. Now more than ever before, children need opportunities to get into the outdoors and to exercise. This is the perfect opportunity for them to develop a range of skills whilst learning all about the wonderful city of Portsmouth!

50 things to do before you're 5

We will launch 50 things to parents and the public when we have further guidance from the government about getting out into the wider community. We wanted to let you all know before the end of term; the public launch is likely to take place during the summer holidays.

Please note that the 50 things logo and poster should not be used before the official launch.

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2020 Portsmouth childcare sufficiency assessment

This assessment provides an overview of childcare sufficiency in Portsmouth, looking at the current level of supply and demand of childcare across the city, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Update on the Teach Portsmouth Awards

Teach Portsmouth

Long service award category now open

Last week, Teach Portsmouth launched the long service awards category online for staff who have served in Portsmouth for 20 years or more ahead of other categories launching on 5 October.

You can now enter staff online through the Teach Portsmouth website easily. While we anticipate schools/colleges will want to recognise up to 5 people for this award, those who would like to recognise more should contact We will work with you to make alternative arrangements. The closing date for this category is Monday 7 September at 5pm.

Everyone included in your submission will receive an award. We hope to present the awards in a special ceremony during October. Information on this will be announced nearer the time.

Enter now

Call for video and images continues for special awards film

Teach Portsmouth has been blown away by the content you have sent us for our special awards show reel but we'd love to get more schools/colleges involved. Here's one submission from Meon Junior School:

"On the 1st July 2020, Meon Junior School held its first ever Virtual Sports Day event involving keyworker children in school and families in lockdown at home."

"Many parents supported the event by sharing their photos of their children competing at home, whilst the sports were taking place in school. These were then posted on our school Facebook page for all the parents to see."

Meon Junior School

If you would like to share your pictures and videos with us, we need permission from those who feature in your content. Please complete a Portsmouth City Council release form which will enable us share 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

NQT support and inductions from September 2020

The government published guidance on 15 July which contains information to help schools and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) prepare for NQT induction from September 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact June Hutchinson at

EEF resources to support transition and assessment

The Education Endowment Foundation have produced some helpful resources to support transition and also assessment:

  • Transition part 1: four practical, evidence-based strategies to support pupils moving from year 6 to year 7
  • Transition part 2: how my school is applying evidence to promote positive learning behaviours
  • Assessing learning: 3 key questions for school leaders to consider for the new academic year.

Major awards for Admiral Lord Nelson School

Admiral Lord Nelson School

Congratulations to Admiral Lord Nelson School on achieving two major awards just before the end of term!

The school has been re-accredited with the International Schools Award from the British Council for the second time. The International Schools Award recognises the school's commitment to global learning and the opportunities provided for students to become true global citizens.

“Admiral Lord Nelson School has a commitment to learning, and an impressive list of achievements and awards in this field, including becoming a School of Sanctuary and receiving praise from Ofsted for its sustainable Gambia project and rights respecting culture.”

In addition, Admiral Lord Nelson School has become a triple platinum Artsmark school. The report from the Arts Council noted:

"Admiral Lord Nelson school has developed strategic goals which have shifted from enabling and maintaining high quality arts learning, to additionally championing and leading on the value of the arts in education in the local area."

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Silly Squad

Summer reading challenge 2020

We hope the children enjoyed getting their very own summer reading challenge pack this week! Thank you to schools for your support with the campaign to not only encourage reading over the summer, but create a sense of togetherness and support for the children during these strange times. The library services will continue to keep the excitement going with activity suggestions and story times, to name but a few, on their active Facebook page.

Please feel free to share your own reading moments and connect with your school and wider Portsmouth community over the summer holidays using hashtag #SRCPortsmouth and #sillysquad2020.

Wishing you all a well-deserved, restful summer break!

More info

10 top tips for parents to support children to read

The DfE have recently published 10 top tips for parents to support children to read.

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INEOS 1:59 education resources

INEOS Stem Crew

INEOS and the 1851 Trust, INEOS Team UK's official charity, have launched three new free digital learning resources inspired by Eliud Kipchoge’s historic sub-two-hour marathon.

The digital education resources are aimed at 11-16 year olds and are available for free online. The resources take young people into the INEOS 1:59 performance team and explore the science and theory that went into giving Kipchoge the best possible conditions to make history in Vienna.

View resources

CPD for STEM teachers

STEM Learning

STEM Learning are offering a range of CPD for STEM teachers to help get prepared for the next academic year. This includes a free online course, hosted by FutureLearn, on teaching primary school physics effectively to help students excel.

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

Healthy Young Minds newsletter for parents: social media and children’s mental health

The latest Portsmouth CAMHS newsletter for parents focuses on social media and children’s mental health. Many parents may have concerns around this area, especially with the summer holidays coming up and restricted access to other activities. This newsletter includes some information and tips for parents for schools to distribute or put on their websites.

One parent had the idea of putting the final critical thinking tips onto a poster to display on the wall. Parents could discuss with their young person and encourage them to make the poster themselves as an art activity.

Read now

Mental health support - parent and carer summer workshops

Portsmouth Mental Health Support Team (MHST) are offering a series of workshops for parents/carers over the summer holidays:

  • 23 July: Understanding stress and how it impacts on our wellbeing
  • 30 July: Practical ways to manage our own stress (part 1)
  • 6 August: Practical ways to manage our own stress (part 2)
  • 13 August: Understanding the potential impact of COVID-19 on your child/young person’s wellbeing
  • 20 August: Help your child/young person manage stress and anxiety around moving on through nursery and school or returning to school

Find out more

LA updates

2020/21 pupil premium download now available from Key to Success

Schools can now access the pupil premium data for the upcoming 2020/21 academic year from DfE's Key to Success website. This dataset is based upon data from the January 2020 school census. Further guidance on how pupil premium is allocated is available for download from Key to Success as well. Key to Success is accessible via DfE sign in as a service.

If you cannot access DfE Sign In, or Key to Success is not a listed option when you log into the site, then please contact the approver in your school.

If your school's approver is leaving over the summer, then we would recommend that they give approver status to another colleague within your school. Please remember to remove their access once they have left. If there is no approver for your school, then you will need to contact DfE to assign the role to someone within your school.

Education Information Services: alternative primary school profiles summer 2020

Many thanks to the schools that have already returned primary assessment data. For those who have not yet returned data, this is a reminder that:

  • If you would like us to provide you with your alternative school profile early in the autumn term, we need to receive your data by the end of the summer term (Wednesday 22 July 2020).
  • If you are unable to provide data by the end of the summer term but would like us to provide you with your alternative school profile by the end of the autumn term, we need to receive your data before the autumn half term (Friday 23 October 2020).

This is not an obligatory collection, but if you wish to take up this opportunity to receive an alternative school profile for 2020 please ensure your assessment data is returned within the timescales above.

If you have any questions, please contact the Education Information Services team:

Moving on through nursery and school

Moving on through nursery and school - updated information for parents/carers

Children who are moving on through nursery and school will start a new adventure this September as schools/colleges continue to work with Portsmouth City Council on welcoming back more students.

Parents/carers who have children moving on through nursery to reception, year 2 to year 3, year 6 to year 7 and year 11 to further education, can now read updated guidance on what to do next on the Portsmouth City Council website.

Find out more

Stomp for stamps 2020

Children are encouraged to get out and about this summer with the council's fantastic treasure hunt - stomp for stamps 2020! Children need to simply track down four Pompey monsters, snap their photos and collect stickers to claim one of two fabulous prizes - a cuddly Stomper toy or a cool Pompey monster water bottle.

Families wishing to take part can request a map book online now or collect one from a participating library from this Friday.

Request a book

Stomp for Stamps


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