PEP Bulletin w/c 5 October 2020

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PEP Bulletin

8 October 2020

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Curriculum and CPD

COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and conversations about race and racism

Friday 30 October 2020, 1.30pm - 3.00pm

This webinar hosted by the University of Portsmouth will discuss the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

In this talk, the speakers will discuss the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, raising areas of concern regarding ethnicity and race relations, social care, education, attainment and well-being. The speakers will also consider the extent to which the pandemic and the upsurge of anti-racist activism following the murder of George Floyd have influenced our conversations about race and racism.

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The “R word” – what schools must learn about race

This short, thought provoking, article from Integrity Coaching explores issues for white educators and asks us to consider “What if being called “racist” was the beginning, not the end, of the conversation?”

Read now

Teaching healthier habits during maths and English lessons

Public Health England have produced a range of resources to help reset healthier habits by exploring Sugar Smart World with the help of our friendly characters including Fin the Farmer and Rocky the Ranger.

Our flexible, KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2 lesson plans and worksheets provide pupils with fun ways to explore maths skills such as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Pupils can then put their detective hats on and help Shanice the Sheriff investigate a citizen's sugar intake!

The interactive English lesson PowerPoint can be used to explore phonics, grammar, punctuation and creative writing. Pupils can then use their learnings to create a poster, comic strip or persuasive letter, featuring their favourite character.

Download the range of curriculum-linked resources from the PHE School Zone.

Free workshops at Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson

We know it is a challenging time for teachers at present, but the Education Team at Fort Nelson is here to help. For that reason, until December, we have modified our outstanding school programme. A COVID-secure visit to the fort is available if you want it.

In line with government guidelines, we have reduced numbers, frequency of visits and can only admit one class each day – and we are currently offering the following workshops – free of charge.

  • Florence Nightingale
  • The Romans are Coming!
  • World War 1
  • World War 2 ‘Protect the Port!’

To find out more email the education department at

Our home learning is also still available online here.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Adult mental health first aider course at Portsmouth College

Adult Education Portsmouth College

You will learn how to listen without judgement, provide support and identify early symptoms of mental health problems. Portsmouth College offers a combination of online self-study and live webinars, delivered over a 2-week period.

This course is designed to develop your skills and confidence to provide a first aid response to an adult showing signs of a mental health problem. MHFA Certificate of accomplishment to be awarded at the completion of the course. 

You’ll feel empowered to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your workplace, school, group or family.

If you are interested to find out more about this course please contact the adult education team at Portsmouth College on 02392344347 or email us:

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LA updates

Insurance advice for LA maintained schools

Please note that the cost of cancelled travel trips is no longer covered by our insurer where a booking has been made in knowledge of the government advice advising against UK overnight and overseas educational visits. This is a result of COVID-19 and would affect all new booking arrangements, existing cancellations will be covered and are being processed by our insurer.

We therefore suggest that you do not book any new trips at this time, given that the pandemic remains active and a known event. We would anticipate the DfE/FCO advice will be periodically reviewed and subject to change during the period of insurance and we will continue to seek clarity from our insurers.

Should you have an current trips booked and asked to pay additional invoices or deposits please seek advice from Ryan Humphreys on or 023 92 688170. In the case of non-maintained schools you should seek advice from your current insurer.

International admissions

Avantages have 15 year olds from France and Italy whose parents have expressed an interest in enrolling at a British school for a term, a semester and even for the school year.

Avantages would act as mentors and would organise the host family accommodation.

For further information please contact

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