PEP Bulletin w/c 12 October 2020

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15 October 2020

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Preparing for study, work and life

Go Active Sports Camp returns 

After a successful summer, the Go Active Sports Camp returns to the John Pounds Centre for pupils aged 5 - 10 years old. The sports camp will operate during October half term with a mixture of sports, team building and creative activities. 

The camp is not funded this time but it is only £10.00 per child per day. The event is planned and structured through the Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and supported by Portsmouth City Council.

For more information, please contact Michael Whitelock on 07704 189077 or by email on

Student voice opportunities now open 

There are a few upcoming opportunities for pupil participation. Sarah Christopher has already contacted secondary schools about Youth Mental Health Ambassadors. We are really excited to be launching elections for a Member of Youth Parliament in the next few weeks, details of this will follow.

Applications are open for young people aged 14-25 to join the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission. We would really appreciate it if you could share this fantastic opportunity amongst your networks.

The purpose of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission is to make young people part of the solution to tackling crime and improving policing, rather than being seen as part of the problem.

Volunteers work in teams to:

  • talk with young people in their communities to understand their policing and criminal justice concerns
  • provide opportunities for young people to inform, support and challenge the Police and Crime Commissioners work
  • identify the root causes of problems, make recommendations for change and work on solutions

The process will be completed entirely online, with a virtual taster session and induction for successful applicants. Meetings are via Zoom for the foreseeable time.

The application form is here. More information about the role is at Applications close on 30 October.  

Leadership, recruitment and retention

New webinar series from Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth is launching an exciting new webinar series: Teach Portsmouth presents… With a different theme for each webinar, the series aims to support teacher recruitment and retention efforts across Portsmouth whilst COVID-19 restrictions mean in-person events are not possible.

The first webinar of the series takes place on Wednesday 4 November, from 4-5pm. Hosted by Councillor Suzy Horton, the event will focus on routes into teaching.

Those interested in teaching will have the opportunity to hear from two newly qualified Portsmouth teachers as they share their experiences of initial teacher training and the transition to becoming an NQT.

If you have colleagues who would like to learn more about their teaching options, download our toolkit to promote the event.

Find out more

Curriculum and CPD

Ofqual consultation: Conditions and requirements for the assessment of MFL GCSEs in 2021

Ofqual have published their consultation on the proposed Subject Level Conditions (SLC) for GCSE Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). This also includes the proposed changes to conditions and requirements for the assessment of GCSEs in 2021. You can view the changes here

The consultation is open for 2 weeks, until 23:45pm on Tuesday 27 October, which is shorter than than Ofqual normally allow, but Ofqual believe this is necessary and appropriate given the current situation.

Be aware that as iGCSE is not regulated by Ofqual, exam boards offering iGCSE will make their own decisions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Workshop announced for assessing NQTs

November is when NQT mentors will start thinking about preparing to complete the first NQT assessment forms as well as approaching the time when final assessments need to be undertaken.

To ensure all mentors have the resources and information they need, a new half day workshop from Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance called "assessing your NQTs" will take place on Thursday 12 November. It aims to support new mentors and those who would like refresher. 

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

Useful resources to support primary to secondary school transition groups

Transitioning from primary to secondary school may have been more challenging than usual for young people this year. While World Mental Health Day may be over, resources that support those moving on through secondary school have been provided by Public Health England.

The transition to secondary school resource area can provide support for year 7 pupils who may still be finding it hard to adapt to a new school environment.

Teachers will also find tips on helping parents support their children’s wellbeing and introducing the new statutory guidance on RSHE.

Find out more

New toolkit celebrates differences and inclusivity 

Mentally Healthy Schools have created a toolkit of resources that focus on inclusivity and celebrating our differences. The resources in this toolkit are designed to help schools support pupils who may need more help with their mental health and celebrate the unique and different qualities that each child brings to a school community.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Praise for SEND provision for schools and keyworkers

Parents and carers praised the support they get from Portsmouth keyworkers and schools for their children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Portsmouth City Council's annual survey, run in collaboration with Portsmouth Parent Voice and the Dynamite youth group.

Read the full report and find support for parents, carers, young people and professionals working with children with SEND on the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer site at 

LA updates

Competition to win a brand new bike or scooter

Enter our creative writing and art competition to write and/or draw what you think Portsmouth will look like in 10 years' time - and you could win a brand new bike or scooter, and a scooter rack for your school.

Our 'Postcard from Portsmouth 2030' was launched last week on Clean Air Day. We want to know how you'll be travelling to school, college or university? How will you visit friends and family? What will Portsmouth look like in 2030?

Anyone aged 15 and under can enter and you can write and/or draw your postcard by hand or use a computer. Remember to include your name, age and school and email it to before midnight on Saturday 1 November. Good luck!

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