PEP Bulletin w/c 16 November 2020

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18 November 2020

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Curriculum and CPD

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting

Monday 7 December 2020, 4.00pm (online)

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub

What are the biggest challenges we face as MFL specialist teachers or curriculum leads? Lack of money? Lack of time? Perhaps a general reluctance or apprehension towards language learning amongst colleagues in school?

Offering tried-and-tested hints, tips and ideas, this workshop will inspire teachers with easily implementable strategies to raise the profile of MFL and generate a sense of excitement around learning a foreign language, all without the need for a huge budget or timetable changes.

We are so fortunate to be able to welcome once more to our primary hub meeting, Ellie Chettle Cully, who will present lots of ideas for raising the profile of language learning in primary schools. Ellie works in a primary school in Leicester, combining her role as a year 6 teacher with a responsibility to deliver French to KS2. She also runs extra-curricular clubs for Spanish and Latin.

To attend this meeting, please contact Liz Lord ( and you will be sent a meeting link.

Exciting musical opportunity for early years and KS1 children with musical superstar YolanDa Brown

Sony Music is currently working with CBeebies superstar YolanDa Brown as part of an exciting new musical initiative.

Portsmouth schools and settings have been specially invited to sign up before the launch date as there are limited free places.

YolanDa's Band Jam

The initiative will deliver professionally designed fun lesson plans for schools and YolanDa will be hosting a free streamed concert to all the schools that take part.

If you want to get involved sign up now before the places are snapped up after the national launch.

Register your interest

Free primary RE termly network meeting

Monday 30 November (3.45pm - 5.00pm)

An opportunity to get together with other RE subject leader colleagues across Portsmouth at the autumn term primary RE network meeting led by Justine Ball (Primary RE HIAS Adviser).

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

Please contact Laura Browne to book your place and you will be sent a joining link.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Anti-bullying week 2020

Anti-bullying week 2020: united against bullying

This week is anti-bullying week and the theme for 2020 is 'united against bullying'. The Anti-Bullying Alliance have produced a range of resources to help celebrate and take part in anti-bullying week.

The downloadable resources contain an assembly plan, lesson plan and cross curricular activity ideas that are designed to encourage students to think about how we can unite to address bullying both online and offline. 

Download resources

Supporting looked after children in school during COVID-19

A recent presentation delivered by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) covers strategies that can be used to support looked after children in school during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes an overview of the therapeutic parenting attitude PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy).

The final slide also provides links to online training and resources dedicated to trauma and attachment.

Download presentation

Free staff wellbeing online CPD sessions

PCC have commissioned a series of staff wellbeing sessions which will be delivered by Sigma Teaching School Alliance. These are available free of charge to staff working in Portsmouth schools and will focus on the evidence-based actions that staff can take in order to look after their own emotional wellbeing.

There will be four live online sessions which will also be recorded and shared on the website.

  • Session 1: Wednesday 2 December 2020, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Session 2: Tuesday 15 December 2020, 4.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Session 3: Wednesday 13 January 2021, 4.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Session 4: Wednesday 27 January 2021, 4.00pm - 4.30pm

Find out more

Practitioner guide to support updated HIPS bruising protocol

A practitioner guide has been created to support the updated 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.


Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

PPV drop-in support session: back to school and wellbeing

Portsmouth Parent Voice logo

Portsmouth Parent Voice will be holding a face to face monthly support group for parents, carers with children and young people aged 0-25 with SEN/disabilities. This will provide an opportunity to meet other parents, find links to support, talk about your experiences and share tips with others.

The first session will take place on Monday 23 November 2020 at the Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea PO4 9HR. Due to Covid-19, there are only 8 places available. The first hour of the session will focus on the topic of back to school. The second hour will cover wellbeing.

Due to limited numbers, please book one ticket for yourself. Due to social distancing, children are unable to attend. Portsmouth Disability Forum/ PPV will ask for details for track and trace. PPE will be available.

If the event is fully booked, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted directly if a space becomes available. If you would like a place but the event shows as fully booked, please email or

This event is part of a trial, and if successful, we plan to hold them in January, February and March.

Book now

Introduction to Dynamite pizza night

On Thursday 26 November 2020 from 6.00pm - 7.30pm, Dynamite are hosting a fun pizza night via Zoom to give new members an introduction to their work.

The online event will include some icebreakers, fun activities and discussion that will all link into the work they do.

The event is open to anyone living in Portsmouth aged 14-25 with a disability or special educational need.

Dynamite logo

If you would like to attend or have any questions about the event, please email or call 07905 682886.
You can also follow and get in touch via Facebook and Instagram.

A poster for schools to share with young people who may be interested in attending the event is available to download here.

LA updates

Tipner West regeneration project

The Tipner West regeneration project is entering a very exciting stage and a public consultation will run between the 18 January and 12 February 2021.

The team would like to engage with school leaders to establish how they can collaborate with the students of Portsmouth on Tipner West. The team believe that students have a part to play in shaping the future of the city, making sure jobs and homes are delivered, as well as addressing climate change, and improving mental and physical wellbeing in a well-connected environment where inclusivity is a priority.

The team have lots of ideas including virtual reality, online activities, social media campaigns, questionnaires, radio interviews, mini talks and others. However, they would like to explore what school leaders think would be the best approach and how they can get schools involved.

If you are interested in sharing your thoughts, please get in touch with Megan Carter, Senior Regeneration Manager via

NHS COVID-19 test and trace app pause function

If you've downloaded the COVID-19 NHS test and trace app, for maximum protection it should be left on as much as possible. But you need to know how and when to PAUSE the app to prevent you becoming a 'close contact' of someone you've not been close to, or when you've actually been protected. Have a quick read online to find out more.

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