PEP Bulletin w/c 9 November 2020

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PEP Bulletin

11 November 2020

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Preparing for study, work and life

Pompey in the Community’s NCS school/FE support programme

The NCS team at Pompey in the Community are offering their new initiative ‘school/FE support’ to all schools and colleges in Portsmouth. The school/FE support programme is a series of personal development sessions aimed at year 11 and year 12 students that align with the current curriculum.

The programme allows the NCS team to work with schools and colleges to tailor sessions and workshops to their students under 7 core themes;

  • Post-coronavirus socialisation
  • Citizenship/British values
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Preparation for school return
  • Careers and progression guidance
  • Employability
  • Skills for independent living

These sessions are best delivered face to face; however, the option of digital delivery may also be available. These sessions are all completely free to your school or college.

Further information about the programme, the benefits to your students and the types of sessions the team can deliver can be found here.

To book sessions or for more information, please contact Katie Aris, Head of NCS at Pompey in the Community on or 07969 686 692.

School improvement

Free webinar: the EEF guide to supporting school planning

Tuesday 17 November 2020 // 4.00pm - 5.30pm

School leaders are focussing on the operational pressures of keeping schools open during a pandemic, as well as addressing school priorities. To support school leaders at this busy and unpredictable time, the EEF has published a guide specifically to aid planning: The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning: A Tiered Approach, 2020-21. This coheres the best available evidence into one easily accessible resource and has been developed in partnership with expert school leaders from across the country.

The webinar from Knightsbridge and HISP research schools will help schools focus on a small number of strategies that are likely to make the biggest difference, making the most of schools’ finite funding, energy, training and time.

Although primarily aimed at school leaders, because the session will cover academic and pastoral issues it is relevant to staff at all levels including school leaders, middle leaders, SENCos, teaching assistants and school governors.

If you have any questions please contact


Leadership, recruitment and retention

Success as Teach Portsmouth host first webinar

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth launched their first webinar on Wednesday 4 November as they welcomed 16 individuals to learn more about routes into teaching. Councillor Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education hosted the first webinar. Two teachers who work in Portsmouth, Abigail Abrahams and Emily Brown discussed their experiences of teacher training and offered top tips for those exploring their options.

While the webinar happened on Wednesday 4 November at 4pm, a recording is now live at If you know someone who may benefit from watching the webinar, please share the link with them.

The next webinar in the series will focus on 'changing career to teaching'. Simon Barrable, principal at Portsmouth College will be the host. Subscribe to the Teach Portsmouth newsletter to hear more about future webinars.

Curriculum and CPD

NQT update - observation of teaching practice

Many mentors will be beginning to think about the compilation of evidence for the first NQT assessment forms. At Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, we have been asked how observations of NQT's teaching can still take place in light of current restrictions.

If mentors are unable to be present in the classroom, we've compiled some possible solutions:

  1. Use other teachers who are part of the same bubble as the observer rather than the mentor or other teaching staff from across the school as appropriate
  2. Film lessons to view at a later date to give feedback
  3. Use other ways to observe teaching practice remotely
  4. Some schools have marked zones where visitors can stand - as well as abiding by the PPE requirements that individual schools have put in place.

If it is about your NQT's being able to observe other teachers as part of improving their understanding of teaching and learning, then these may also be options, but the other way round!

If however, there are particular circumstances where an observation of your NQT's practice is not possible, then please let me know. Most of the triangulation of evidence for the assessment forms comes from both formal and informal observations of an NQT. If this is not going to be possible then it would be helpful to have that information in advance. Please contact

Secondary RE network meetings (1.30pm - 4.00pm)

An opportunity to get together with other colleagues across Hampshire and Portsmouth at one of the autumn secondary RE network meetings.

  • Tuesday 24 November – broadly for schools in the south and east of Hampshire and Portsmouth schools
  • Wednesday 25 November – broadly for schools in the south/west and Winchester areas
  • Thursday 26 November – broadly for schools in the north of Hampshire.

Feel free to book onto one of the other dates if you are unable to make the Portsmouth one.

There will be input and discussion on the revision of the locally agreed syllabus and planning for the RE curriculum.

Find out more

NCELP online conference - Friday 20 November

A reminder that registration is now open for the National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP) conference on Friday 20 November from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Delegates will hear from teachers about NCELP's research-informed resources, curriculum, and tests. 

Register to attend this free event by going to the event page for more information and to download the programme.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Attachment training and support offer for schools

The Attachment Aware project has had a revamp! Schools are being offered an opportunity to access a range of interventions and support that can enhance the inclusive practice already in place. The amended programme offers the ability to benefit from a more short term, focused piece of work. Once schools register an interest, one of our Attachment Aware link EPs will undertake an initial consultation, discussing areas of strength and areas where the schools considers they would benefit from some targeted work. A short term action plan will be agreed with the school and this can be interlinked with the whole school training session that schools will also receive.

The new offer will allow schools to be part of the project for a period that works alongside other commitments. It also means that schools can access the project at different points during the academic year as needs arise and allows for schools who have already been part of the project to continue to benefit from the intervention and advice that is available.

The purpose of the project is to continue to build an inclusive offer in schools that can meet the needs of those children facing challenges that are caused due to attachment difficulties. The project aims to meet current needs in schools and enhance practice in the longer term.

The project is fully funded using pupil premium and there is no financial cost to schools.

To express an interest in the project please contact Vicki Reynish, Deputy Head of the Virtual School at or 02392 688641

Updated HIPS bruising protocol

The Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton (HIPS) Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising or other injury in infants who are not independently mobile (Bruising Protocol) has been reviewed and updated and is now available on the HIPS procedures website.

Bruising is the commonest physical sign of child abuse. A bruise can be a sign of abuse in a child of any age but bruising in non-mobile babies is unusual and can be associated with life threatening injury. 

The revised protocol includes an emphasis on injury as well as bruising in babies, particularly those that are not yet rolling or crawling. All non-mobile babies with a bruise should be referred immediately to Children’s Services and fully assessed by a paediatrician, even if parents feel they are able to give a reason for the bruise. There is a leaflet available to explain this process to parents and carers ‘Bruising in young babies – Information for parents and carers’ that is available from GPs and Health Staff.

Where your work may bring you into contact with infants, it's important that you familiarise yourself with this revised protocol which can be found here.

Digital literacy skills support from BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize have published resources to support young people with digital literacy skills:

Social media content:

Can your school help? Researching the views of military children

As part of her EP training, Kirsty Daniels (trainee educational psychologist) is carrying out research into children's experiences and opinions on aspects of military life to explore the impact this can have on their education and developing friendships. In particular, she would like to understand the role that their identity as a service child plays in their sense of belonging at school.

This research will help to improve our current understanding of the support schools currently provide for service children and identify areas for future development.

Researching the views of military children

If your school can help and would be interested in taking part, please see the attached for further information on how you can become involved.

Post 16 and higher education

Apprenticeships with the Community Learning Service

Some of you may be aware that the Community Learning Service is the in-house provider of apprenticeships for Portsmouth City Council. As apprenticeship frameworks were turned off in August 2020, we are now only able to offer apprenticeship standards. This means that we have some exciting new apprenticeships available to you.

More information on what is included in an apprenticeship and contact information can be found here.

We will be holding two further information sessions via Microsoft Teams where you can meet the apprenticeship team lead and ask any questions you may have.

We hope to speak to you soon!

LA updates

New coronavirus test site in the city

Residents with COVID-19 symptoms will now have the option of attending a test site in north or south Portsmouth, at either the new Northarbour Road site or the Eldon car park site.

Both sites are open 8am-8pm daily but you need to book an appointment before attending, so if you notice any coronavirus symptoms book a test immediately at or by calling 119.

Reduce the virus, #ProtectPortsmouth

New coronavirus local testing site

Want to know more about our Employee Assistant Programme?

Please note that these webinars are intended for LA maintained schools and academies who have signed up for the HR traded service.

Vita Health Group, formally known as Workplace Wellness, your EAP provider, will be holding 30 minute virtual webinars to help provide a wider understanding of the practical benefits of the service and how to make the most of this service available for all of us. The EAP can help with all sorts of legal and debt information advice as well as supporting our emotional wellbeing in the workplace. Sometimes speaking to a professional counsellor can keep us on track after a bad day, help manage everyday life stressors that happen to us all as well as be there in more difficult times.

The webinars are aimed at all staff and will take place on Microsoft teams on

  • Thursday 26 November, 1.30pm - 2.00pm
  • Tuesday 1 December, 11.00am - 11.30am.

To register for your preferred date please contact

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