PEP Bulletin w/c 7 December 2020

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9 December 2020

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live - People's choice category announced

Teach Portsmouth

Celebrate the achievements of Portsmouth's teachers, support teams and leaders with parents/carers. The Teach Portsmouth team have introduced a brand new category, the people's choice award. We've been blown away by the amazing stories of community that have come out during the pandemic. We want to shine a light on superstar teachers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

We need your help to tell parents/carers to nominate a teacher, support team or leader in your school/college or organisation who deserve a big well done. Please share this information about the people's choice award through appropriate channels.

To support the campaign, category sponsors, The News, Portsmouth will be promoting the award category online too. For more information on the people's choice award visit the nomination page.

Find out more

Merry Christmas and (finally) a happy new year from the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance


As we near the end of the most momentous term certainly in my teaching memory, here at the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance are in awe of our amazing colleagues across the city. From supporting our School Direct trainees and newly qualified teachers – over 150 early career teachers in total – to contributing to our professional subject networks or attending one of our many online training and CPD courses, we are constantly overwhelmed at just how brilliant and committed our schools have been. 

Our attention now gladly turns to the new year (a very welcome 2021!) and we are delighted to be able to offer many of our usual training and networks, including picking up on those which we had to finish so suddenly in the summer. Please see the article below for our January offer and we look forward to seeing many of you either online or in person.

Have a restful Christmas break and a happy and healthy new year.

Sophie Venables
Director, Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance

Curriculum and CPD

CPD opportunities - January 2021


Visit the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance website to book your place.
We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

NQT induction update


The DfE have released information regarding the projected changes to NQT induction as from September 2021. There is a lot which is still to be finalised and perhaps even more that is still unknown, but the following elements are certain:

  • NQTs will continue to be assessed against the teachers' standards.
  • Appropriate bodies will still be supporting, monitoring and assessing NQTs.

Schools will be making decisions about which provider will deliver the Early Career Framework (ECF) for them, but that is not necessarily the same as delivering NQT induction. Schools will continue to be able to choose their provider for induction (separately from, or in conjunction with the ECF) from September 2021 and Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance will still be here to provide that service.

As further information is shared with schools in the spring we will finalise our offer for the next academic year and keep you up-to-date with our planning.

Please contact if you have any further questions.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Free sexual health webinars

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Service are hosting two free webinars for professionals:

  1. Sexual health webinar for professionals supporting young people:
    Monday 14 December 2020, 11:45am–1pm
  2. Sexual health webinar for professionals working in secondary education:
    Monday 14 December 2020, 3:15pm–4:30pm

The webinars are suitable for professionals working with young people aged 13-18 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


Gender identity development services (GIDs)

Last week the High Court ruled against the use of hormone blockers in under 18s. In light of this ruling, the LGBTQ+ service is offering 1-2-1 virtual support to families where this will have an impact upon those trans* young people.

There is an e-flyer which we hope you can forward to families where this information might be relevant.

This offer is specifically targeted at families but the usual Team Around the Worker professional support is available at

Download flyer

Staff wellbeing CPD - Sigma Teaching School Alliance

The recording of the first staff wellbeing session and associated links are now available to view on the Sigma Teaching School Alliance website.

The second live online staff wellbeing session takes place on Tuesday 15 December at 4pm. If staff have already booked a place on the four-session staff wellbeing course they will receive an email with a link to join. If staff haven’t yet booked a place on the course they can do this in the current courses section on the Sigma Teaching School Alliance website.

Staff will also be able to access the second session as a recording from Thursday 17 December here.

New pastoral network launched

Sigma Teaching School Alliance have launched a new live online network that will provide the opportunity for anyone who works within pastoral support to come together online. Three 1.5 hour live online sessions will be offered a year, facilitated by Ian Hunkin, Director of Sigma Teaching School. Session one takes place on Thursday 28 January 2021 and will cover the importance of both pupil and staff wellbeing.

This is an additional opportunity to network with staff in a range of different pastoral roles in Portsmouth and beyond. All staff working in pastoral roles are invited to attend, and there is no cost for the sessions.

The pastoral network is running in addition to local networks, which will continue to provide Portsmouth-specific updates, information and networking opportunities.

Further information and a booking link can be found on the Sigma Teaching School Alliance website in the current courses section.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

SENCO network newsletter

The November 2020 edition of the SENCO network newsletter is now available.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 20 January, 3pm-5pm.

Read now

LA updates

Autumn 2020 year 2 phonics collection

In the 2020/21 academic year only, schools are to administer a past version of the phonics check to year 2 pupils this half of the 2020 autumn term, returning results to the LA.

Results should be recorded in their MIS, then sent to us as a CTF, via AVCO. Schools without AVCO should upload their file to the secure shared environment (SSE) under Documents > Information Services > Attainment > Phonics. If you use SSE, please email to let us know that it is available.

You must submit your results to us by the end of the autumn term, 18 December 2020.

Please submit your data at least a week before the deadline date. Submitting in advance of the deadline will allow time to:

  • deal with any technical issues that prevent submission, such as problems with your MIS or internet access,
  • deal with any errors or omissions in the data,
  • check for duplicate pupils, and ensure that pupils who have changed school are recorded in the correct school's results,
  • avoid missing the deadline due to relevant pupils and/or staff being absent because of illness or needing to self-isolate towards the end of term.

Please contact as soon as possible if you have any queries so that we can assist you.

If your school is going to close early for the Christmas break, you will need to submit your results to us before you close.

Tackling diversity issues and sharing good practice webinar

The Local Government Association (LGA) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday 16 December 2020, 10am-11.30am on tackling diversity issues and sharing good practice.

This webinar will focus on providing councils with some practical tools and examples of good practice that can help them address equality, diversity and inclusion issues both within their organisation and in their communities.

Find out more


Self-isolation resources

We've prepared a range of materials for schools - including posters, social media graphics and web banners - to help young people and families understand the importance of staying at home when they've been told to self-isolate. These resources are available, along with Ready to Learn campaign materials, on the Portsmouth City Council intranet. There's also a self-isolation toolkit available on our website.

As a school you will need to register to access Portsmouth City Council's intranet. Simply visit this page on the intranet, enter your username as your 'firstname.lastname' and password as your school email address, then select 'Register'.

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