PEP Bulletin w/c 30 November 2020

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PEP Bulletin

3 December 2020

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Preparing for study, work and life

Get Inspired Portsmouth Goes Virtual

Get Inspired Portsmouth is going virtual!

A brand new digital event designed for 11 - 14 year old students in Portsmouth begins on Monday 25 January. Get Inspired Portsmouth introduces students to exciting career paths from a diverse range of businesses. The event will include employers, training providers and educational institutions who will offer interactive demonstrations to showcase their work. Students will be able to experience a wide range of activities, giving them the knowledge they need from different industry sectors. There are several exciting opportunities for schools to be involved in:

25 January - 5 February 2021:

  • Attend the Virtual Inspiring Careers Fair showcasing local industries 

Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 January 2021:

  • Be involved in a ‘live’ business task streamed into your classrooms 
  • Engage in a ‘live’ Q&A panel with business professionals

By participating you can meet the following outcomes:

  • Inspire young people, ages 11-14, to consider different jobs and careers
  • Engage young people with businesses located in Portsmouth
  • Enable young people to recognise local businesses they could be working for
  • Support schools attending the event to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 4, 5 and 7.

The event is free of charge. For further details and to download a booking form, visit the EBP South website.

Latest news and updates from Unloc

Unloc logo

Unloc's latest newsletter is now available, featuring updates on:

  • Two new free online courses
  • Delivering programmes digitally
  • Online student governor hub launch
  • Return of European entrepreneurship competition
  • and more...

Read now

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live - Online nominations launch

Teach Portsmouth

After stakeholder feedback, we are pleased to provide you with an update on the Teach Portsmouth Awards. The main awards ceremony will be broadcast online via Zoom on Thursday 11 March 2021. In preparation for the big day, nominations have now launched online for 9 award categories. More so than ever before, teachers, support teams and leaders can be recognised for their amazing achievements, highlighting those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.

We are also introducing a brand new category: the people's choice award, allowing members of the general public to nominate a superstar colleague for the first time.

Friends, families and colleagues can join in on the celebrations too from the comfort of their own homes - all they need is an internet connection and Zoom account. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 13 January 2021. If you would like more information on how to nominate a colleague, please visit the Teach Portsmouth website. 

Find out more

Do you know a Portsmouth-based teacher who previously worked in industry?

After the success of November's Teach Portsmouth presents routes into teaching, the team are getting ready for their next webinar: changing career to teaching, hosted by Simon Barrable, principle at Portsmouth College.

Teach Portsmouth presents...changing career to teaching

We're on the lookout for a recently qualified teacher or trainee teacher who has switched career to the profession. Our next webinar is on Wednesday 27 January at 4.00pm with a run-through planned on Wednesday 13 January at 3.30pm.

If you know a colleague who has worked in industry prior to teaching, please email

Curriculum and CPD

Government review of Black history and cultural diversity in the curriculum

Following a hugely well-supported petition earlier in the year, The Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee in the House of Commons are investigating Black history and cultural diversity in the national curriculum.

The survey is looking for individual rather than whole school responses and can be completed by anyone working in schools, including teachers, support staff, office staff, site managers etc. The responses will help the committee understand the extent to which the national curriculum ensures that children and young people experience a fully diverse education.

The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete, although there are also spaces to add comments and ideas beyond the multiple choice options. It will close at 9.00am on Monday 7 December.

Although time is obviously tight at the moment, could we urge you to forward the links above to everyone in your school and encourage them to respond to this important survey.

Free online STEM academy cafe with local STEM leaders

STEM Academy South and Pamodzi Creatives are proud to present the first free online STEM academy cafe with local inspirational STEM leaders talking about these interesting areas of research. Join us every Thursday in December between 8.00pm - 9.00pm for some deeper thinking and discussion around local and national issues such as COVID-19 and the vaccine, the important role of oyster restoration to our environment, and how to stop pirates!

  • Thursday 3 December, 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Dr Julian Mitchell: COVID-19: What you need to know
  • Thursday 10 December, 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Dr Jo Preston: The restoration ecology of marine coastal habitats
  • Thursday 17 December, 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Teresa Stevens: Protecting ships from pirates!

The events are free and will be held on Zoom.


Primary STEM Christmas

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 4.00pm - 4.45pm


A one off, remote opportunity to hear about the latest Royal Academy of Engineering resources. 

Attendees will be able to claim 20 student packs that they can send home to any child in need of a little STEMspiration! 

Be quick! The student packs are only available to the first 15 bookings!

Book your place

Emotional health and wellbeing

Anti-bullying week 2020 at The Portsmouth Academy

At The Portsmouth Academy, staff and students came together to put on a full programme of activities for national anti-bullying week.

The anti-bullying week activities were supported by tutor activities and PSHE sessions, all of which got pupils to think about what role they wanted to play in situations of bullying and how best to be an upstander and say no to bullying. The anti-bullying messages were underpinned by choosing kindness and being positive.

The week's activities included video assemblies, an anti-bullying poster competition and students writing anti-bullying pledges and spreading positivity with #Bekind postcards. Recruitment also began for student anti-bullying ambassadors who will be trained to support students and help them speak up about bullying.

Antibullying Poster

It was fantastic to see the school united together for anti-bullying week and seeing the positive impact it has had on the school community.

Supporting pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs - how schools can keep all staff and children safe

Updated guidance from the Inclusion Service, prepared by Lisa Caine and Liz Robinson on behalf of the Safeguarding and Vulnerable Children Recovery Group is now available.

The guidance recognises that some children and young people experiencing SEMH difficulties may present behaviours that are challenging to manage and it may not be possible to avoid close contact.

Read now

Supporting the mental wellbeing of students and staff

The Public Health England school zone has building connections resources for year 6, KS3 and KS4 to encourage young people to discuss loneliness and provide them with self-care techniques they can use when they're feeling lonely. These resources are NHS approved and include peer-to-peer activities such as forming a support squad to give advice to others who might be feeling lonely, drawing diagrams to explore the different levels of connection a person can have and creating paper chains of connection.

The need for support around loneliness was highlighted by a recent national survey of children and young people, which showed that one in ten 11 to 22 year olds reported often or always feeling lonely. Find out more

The school zone also has simple practical advice to help support education staff achieve a healthier mind. Whether that's dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood or sleeping better. Find out more

Tackling prejudicial behaviour in schools - re-launch event

A toolkit, aimed at helping schools to record, monitor and tackle prejudicial behaviour among children and young people, will be re-launched by the four Hampshire and Isle of Wight local authorities and Police and Crime Commissioners’ Office on 27 January 2021 3.00pm - 5.00pm. Alison Jeffery will open the event and fittingly it coincides with World Holocaust Memorial Day.

The toolkit will enable schools to:

  • track and record prejudicial language and behaviour patterns more effectively
  • use a pupil survey to provide additional information about pupils’ experiences
  • adapt information for parents and carers which clarifies the nature of prejudicial language and behaviour and the impact it can have on children and young people.

The event can be booked via Eventbrite using the following link here and the password nohate.

Christmas pyjamas appeal for children living in refuges

Every year The Parenting Network hosts a community giving appeal, and this year they want as many children as possible to be able to snuggle up on Christmas Eve reading a book in their new cosy Christmas pyjamas.

A Christmas pyjamas and book appeal is being launched for children living in refuges supported by Stop Domestic Abuse across Portsmouth, Fareham, Havant, Alton and Aldershot during this Christmas period. 

The Parenting Network Christmas pyjama appeal

To find out more and donate please visit The Parenting Network website.

Children and young people mental health access in the community (early intervention and crisis)

A reminder from CAMHS Solent East of the mental health access in the community (early intervention and crisis) for children and young people.

All area children: 111 should be the first port of call, any day, any time. They have a number of CAMHS clinicians in their team and will be joining CAMHS across the patch in joint training. They can access our systems and also have a rapid response mental health car that will attend to peoples homes with specialist trained staff. They will link in with us where necessary.

Services and apps available:

Are you listening? Child criminal exploitation awareness video

A powerful short film has been created by Leicestershire Police and their safeguarding partners about knowing the signs of child criminal exploitation (CCE). The call to action is specifically aimed at adults who are in positions of trust or respect for children or young people. 

The impacts of CCE are complex. Many children caught up in it do not see themselves as victims. But it is vital that others see them in this way and get help and support.

Children are also often reluctant to speak up when in trouble so this film encourages those around them to be aware of the signs which could indicate young people are in danger.

Watch now

Help pupils practise healthier habits this Christmas

We know that Christmas often means indulging in some treats but there are free resources available on the Public Health England school zone to help you educate pupils on the benefits of not over-indulging too much. From helping Tilly the Tooth make better dental health choices to assisting Rocky the Ranger with his sugar sums, the range of resources support the new relationships and health education curriculum by showing young people what constitutes a healthier diet. The Eatwell Guide is a great way for teachers to demonstrate to children what proportion of food they should eat from the different food groups. You can download, print and send the guide home with pupils to provide meal inspiration to families during the holidays.

They've also got fun, Disney themed resources to help your pupils to stay active during the Christmas break. You could use the active role play lesson starters in your lessons leading up to the Christmas break and encourage pupils to try the moves at home with their families.

Visit the PHE school zone

Motiv8 newsletter - autumn 2020

The latest issue of Motiv8's newsletter, Communic8, is all about their support for young people and families across the local communities of Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham.

Read now

LA updates

HIPS child exploitation newsletter - autumn 2020

The autumn 2020 edition of the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) child exploitation newsletter is now available.

The newsletter provides a quarterly update to practitioners in the HIPS areas to ensure they are up-to-date with local and national developments discussed at the Child Exploitation Group.

Read now

Join our online Christmas carol concert next week

You're invited to attend our annual Christmas carol concert next week which, this year, takes place online. 'Carols not at Fratton Park' is an online event featuring pre-recorded Christmas carols by children and adults from choirs across the city alongside music from the Salvation Army Portsmouth band. Staff, pupils, parents and carers are all invited to get involved. There's no need to pre-register, just visit the Portsmouth City Council website on Monday 7 December from 6.30pm.

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