PEP Bulletin w/c 28 September 2020

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PEP Bulletin

1 October 2020

If you have information to be included in the next issue of the PEP bulletin, please send your text, image and link by Tuesday at 12pm to

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth launch newsletter designed for future teachers

Teach Portsmouth

If you have colleagues who would like to progress into teaching, a newsletter from Teach Portsmouth might be for them. The monthly newsletter is packed full of information they'll need to prepare for teaching. From training bursaries to teacher to do lists, they'll have what they need to progress into the profession.

Partners can also submit content to appear in a dedicated section. The information provided must be value added, not too promotional and forward looking. Those who receive the newsletter have an active interest in teaching but might be new to the profession - so please consider this before sending your content. We also have a dedicated webinar/online events section too.

If you would like to feature in our next newsletter in a featured article, please send 150 words, image and hyperlink by Tuesday 27 October to

For more information on the newsletter and ways to subscribe, take a look at a recent news hub post below.

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Curriculum and CPD

Artswork CPD webinar

Artswork are running a CPD webinar on Tuesday 13 October, 3pm - 5pm, focusing on:

Supporting pupil wellbeing as they return to school, through creativity and recovery curriculum approaches

Aimed at senior leaders and teachers, the keynote speaker will be Professor Dame Alison Peacock of The Chartered College of Teaching who will talk about recovery curriculum and why it matters. There will also be inputs from arts and cultural organisations and schools, including Admiral Lord Nelson School, as well as opportunity for discussion and a Q&A forum.

Register now

NQT induction, CPD and COVID-19


The government amended the regulations for statutory induction in August to reflect the ongoing uncertainty that is being created by COVID-19.

It shows that no absences in relation to COVID-19 in this academic year will count towards the 30 days of "allowable" absence in the induction period, which would otherwise trigger an automatic extension.

For NQTs who are required to self-isolate, but who are in themselves not unwell, then I would encourage participation in any possibilities to teach from home and/or the undertaking of research to contribute to induction, as well as encouraging them to make use of the Friday drop ins, even just to say hello and to keep in touch.

In addition, we are very keen to facilitate opportunities for NQTs to create networks, offer peer-to-peer support and learn from each other via, amongst other things, our programme of induction courses. In the absence of the welcome meeting to establish those face to face links this becomes all the more important as we move deeper into the term.

Therefore, the autumn term workshop on Tuesday 13 October will be the first CPD occasion to provide these opportunities and we would encourage you to sign your NQTs onto this course in the usual way via the PTSA website. These courses will reflect the current situation by being virtual online meetings and to meet needs we have now added a condensed twilight version of the autumn term workshop on Wednesday 14 October.

If you have any questions please contact:

Kings Theatre panto stream

The Kings Theatre is thrilled to be running the only panto on the south coast this year – Dick Whittington starring Sean Smith (Same Difference) and Jack Edwards as Dame Dolly.

We realise that many schools feel unable to attend in person this year so we are delighted to announce that we will be offering a stream of the panto filmed live at the Kings Theatre to schools. The show will be available from Monday 7 December and you’ll have access to the panto for 5 days to show as many times as you like between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

The price per school is £300 plus vat but we want as many children as possible to witness the magic of Pompey’s own panto so if you are unable to cover the full cost please contact us and we can see what is possible.

Please email and we’ll get right back to you.

Planning your relationships, sex and health curriculum

The DfE have published guidance on planning your relationships, sex and health curriculum. This gives some basic principles to help school leaders plan and prepare for the new statutory curriculum. Schools have the flexibility to design their own curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of pupils and the community, as well as the statutory requirements.

The new curriculum is compulsory from September 2020. Schools should start teaching from that date if they meet the statutory requirements. If they are not ready, or are unable to meet the requirements, they should begin teaching by at least the start of the summer term 2021.

You are reminded that support and advice for schools in meeting the new statutory requirements for RSHE is available from Chantelle Knight, PSHE development officer ( The Portsmouth PSHE framework and signposting toolkits are available here.

You are also welcome to contact Debbie Anderson or Sarah Christopher in relation to the role of high quality PSHRE in supporting school improvement, equalities and inclusion.

Support for LGBT+ inclusion can be accessed via Links to resources and guidance produced by Stonewall can be found here.

Black Lives Matter / anti-racism resources

The PEP Strategic Board has agreed that the education strategy for 2020-2023 will have running through it a commitment to engage with schools and partners to develop and share anti-racism training and resources in response to Black Lives Matter.

We have developed a page for these resources on our website which can be found here.

Black History Month Film Festival opens with a tale of abolition

The Black History Month Film Festival in Portsmouth will be launched on 11 October with a screening of “Harriet”, a 2019 American biographical film about abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

In support of BHM the University of Portsmouth has collaborated many times with the
Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) to put on films which highlight the history of black people,
therefore raising awareness and promoting community cohesion. The programme gives free
admission to staff and students at the university and the screenings take place in the

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Association for Language Learning Portsmouth Primary Hub autumn meeting

The next ALL Hub Meeting for Primary Languages will take place online on Thursday 15 October 2020 at 4pm.

Marie Allen will revisit some of the ways in which she assesses her pupils’ performance and records their progress. Colleagues are also invited to share their experiences of teaching languages in ‘times of COVID’ and Liz Lord will set the ball rolling with a menu of teaching ideas and activities for the languages classroom.

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Research in Primary Languages (RiPL) newsletter

The 30 September 2020 issue of the Research in Primary Languages newsletter is now available to read. It includes information on the upcoming 'Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Schools: Putting Research into Practice' MOOC which begins again on Monday 5 October.

Read now

Discovering musical instruments

With live demonstrations of musical instruments not currently possible, the Royal Marines Band Service has very kindly provided some online instrumental demonstrations for schools with short performances on 16 musical instruments. From tubas to oboes and bass guitar to drum kit, the band members demonstrate their instruments and talk about them.

Ideal for parents wanting to help their child choose an instrument to learn or for schools wanting to introduce children to a range of instruments.

View playlist

Musical inclusion survey

Portsmouth Music Hub would like to thank all schools, colleges and academies who have completed their musical inclusion survey as part of a city-wide review. The survey looks at the kind of provision, support and opportunities that are needed to benefit children and young people in the future.

We understand how busy everyone is right now but all your views are much appreciated. If you would like to give feedback, please submit your survey this week. The feedback will be used to create a new musical inclusion strategy that meets the needs of children and young people in Portsmouth during these challenging times.

Complete survey

Emotional health and wellbeing

0-19 parenting offer - September 2020

A September 2020 update on the 0-19 parenting offer is now available, including details on:

  • Support for under 5s
  • Parenting surgeries
  • Triple P discussion groups: view the posters for the primary and teen Triple P discussion groups for details of upcoming sessions
  • NVR
  • Children with additional needs

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Be Internet Legends - live online assembly

Be Internet Legends is a programme developed by Google and Parent Zone which teaches children how to be safer and more confident online. Their online assemblies are live, interactive and bespoke to each school.

Developed by their expert team and live streamed from their studio by experienced presenters, each session is an educational adventure through the world of Be Internet Legends which teaches pupils the skills they need to be safe and confident online during the pandemic – and beyond.

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LA updates

Portsmouth’s citywide Harvest to support those in need

Between 20 September and 4 October, Portsmouth residents are encouraged to support a citywide harvest, by donating items of food in a number of local churches, schools and other community facilities across the city.

The With Thankful Hearts initiative aims to support those who are struggling for food supplies this autumn and winter, particularly in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The donations will be distributed to foodbanks and other charities who would normally be supported at harvest festivals, which will be impacted this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Portsmouth Citywide Harvest 2020

Are you holding activities in school for Black History Month?

October is Black History Month (BHM). The council's BAME network aims to highlight BHM in the city and would like to showcase relevant activities that schools might be organising.

If you have any details concerning activities you have planned for Black History Month, please email We would appreciate the opportunity to invite the media along if possible to showcase what you are doing.

Retired police officer site support for schools during COVID-19

TIB Services Ltd and their trusted and vetted team of retired police officers now provide Enhanced DBS Checked relief caretaker and site manager cover in the Portsmouth area. 

The team are able to support schools when staff are absent or when they are recruiting. They can provide either flexible part time support or full time daily cover and can adapt to each school's individual requirements.

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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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