PEP Bulletin w/c 21 September 2020

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24 September 2020

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COVID-19 updates

New DfE dedicated advice service

The DfE's new dedicated advice service for nurseries, schools and colleges who have been informed of a confirmed case(s) of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their setting (i.e. a pupil or staff member testing positive) is now live.

The new service can be reached by calling DfE’s existing helpline on 0800 046 8687 and selecting the option for reporting a positive case. The line will be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Please can Portsmouth schools also advise the council of confirmed cases by emailing

Curriculum and CPD

Environmental musical for young children

Portsmouth Music Hub has created a short musical singalong film to raise environmental awareness for young children.

Great for class assemblies or to watch at home with parents, the film is all about Graham the Seagull and his realisation that he needs to change his ways to protect his environment.

Graham the Seagull

Daisy, aged 5 said "Graham is a very bad seagull and I don't want to be like him. I like the fun songs that make me want to dance and sing."

Watch now

D-Day Story activity booklet

The D-Day Story have 2500 copies of a family activity booklet for primary age pupils to give away, which they are keen to get to disadvantaged families in Portsmouth. Schools might like to use this as part of a package of resources to be sent home where children need to self-isolate or in the classroom.

D-Day Story

For more information or to request copies of the booklet please contact Felicity Wood at the D-Day Story (

Join the Teachers' Reading Challenge

The 2020 Teachers' Reading Challenge is now live.

Modelled on The Reading Agency's popular Summer Reading Challenge, the challenge invites teachers to read and comment on six or more children's books.

Join the challenge

Teachers' Reading Challenge 2020

Emotional health and wellbeing

Briefing note on the extremist response to COVID-19

The DfE has published a briefing note for senior leaders, teachers and safeguarding leads at schools and further education providers on how extremists are using COVID-19 to promote disinformation, misinformation and conspiracy theories.

This non-statutory advice has been produced to provide a short summary of the extremist response to COVID-19, highlighting the additional radicalisation risks for children and young people and suggested actions for settings to take.

Read now

Eat them to defeat them 2020 report


Veg Power returned in February this year with a bold new campaign to reach into the homes of 38 million people to continue inspiring children to eat more veg. We are proud to announce that 25 of our schools supported the campaign reaching 7,997 pupils, including the Play, Youth & Community Service (PYC), with six adventure playgrounds and four youth clubs joining the programme.

You can read the full report for this year's campaign here. Look out for the section on Portsmouth schools on pages 40-43.

The campaign will return next year and we look forward to continuing with our efforts to support the cause and encourage our children to eat more vegetables. More information about the schools programme can be found here.

Veg Power is partnering with The Food Foundation and Veg Cities to host Veg Fest during the month of October. It's a week-long series of webinars which focuses on food policy, our diets, and the COVID-19 food environment.  

Young carers primary resources

A noticeboard is a great way of promoting young carers within school. It can help young carers to recognise that help and support is available for them, both within school and beyond, enabling them to be proactive in the process.

The below resources are starting points to be modified and adapted to suit the needs of your young carers, your school and the services and support that is available:

For general information about young carers contact:

LA updates

Welcome back resources

Welcome back resources for schools and families

Portsmouth City Council's welcome back to school page has been updated with new resources for schools and families, including advice on what to do if someone develops coronavirus symptoms.

There is also a guide on when to use which NHS services as well as services like Solent Pulse - a text messaging service for parents and teens that provides direct contact with the health visiting and school nursing teams. These teams are a good source of information and point of contact for families and young people with health questions.

Find out more

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