PEP Bulletin w/c 4 January 2021

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PEP Bulletin

7 January 2021

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth presents changing career to teaching

Teach Portsmouth

A webinar for local residents wanting to change career to teaching launches on Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 4pm. The webinar is aimed at those who work in industry and are considering a switch to the profession. Two teachers who work in the city will talk about switching to the profession and the routes they took into it. Sean Archibald who worked as an engineer and Tarryn Williams who worked as a police community support officer will talk about their teaching journey, giving those interested top tips on making the move. Simon Barrable, principal at Portsmouth College will be hosting the webinar.

Participants will have the opportunity to post questions during the session. To join the webinar, participants will need to register on the Teach Portsmouth website.

Find out more

Specialist coaching programmes for school leaders

PSH Consultancy provides insightful, supportive and intuitive coaching for school leaders, enabling you to be the very best you can, whatever the topic, wherever you are in your career.

PSH Consultancy

Our coaching programmes are bespoke and flexible to suit your needs and budget, and are delivered by Peter Hopkinson (BA FRSA), a highly qualified and experienced educational coach and former headteacher.

  • New to post: values, delegation, leadership style, time management, working with governors, imposter syndrome.
  • Transformative phase: change management, strategic planning, curriculum redesign, performance management, CPD.
  • Moving on/up: next steps, career progression, transition, interviews, applications.

For a free consultation, contact Peter on 07808 773316 or

Curriculum and CPD

Curriculum sequencing case study

The DfE have published a case study about curriculum sequencing for primary and secondary that has been produced by Ark Schools. This shares their experiences of curriculum sequencing following the outbreak of COVID-19 and through the subsequent months. It focuses on the most essential knowledge for pupils and maximising the impact of diagnostic assessment.

Communication with Portsmouth Music Hub

Due to recent government announcements, staff at Portsmouth Music Hub will be working remotely until further notice. All music provision provided by Portsmouth Music Hub will be online and relevant schools will have already received information on how students can access their online lessons.

Portsmouth Music Hub

If schools should need to contact Portsmouth Music Hub, they can do so by emailing or alternatively calling 07799 341410.

NQT and new teacher CPD


To ensure our ongoing support of teacher learning and skills development through the period of NQT induction, and to counteract the limitations brought about by the pandemic, we are moving our popular CPD questioning skills sessions online this month.

This is a free course on Thursday 21 January 2021 (for all those registered with the PTSA as the appropriate body) and is offered as either an afternoon or twilight session.

Please see the flyer for details of how to register. If you have any questions please contact

View flyer

Resources to support implementation of statutory relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

Public Health England have published several resources designed to support schools around the implementation of relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education:

  • List of key resources and partner organisations
  • List of DfE published training modules to support implementation of RSHE
  • PHE slide deck setting out key evidence-informed information relevant to supporting teaching of the statutory guidance.

The resources are available to view on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website.

Network for BAME staff

As part of the Portsmouth Education Partnership's commitment to Black Lives Matter and anti-racism, a new network is being set up for BAME staff working in schools and colleges.

The network will support equality, diversity and inclusion across the PEP and you will be invited to take part in regular meetings, which will be virtual initially. This will be an opportunity for you to share your views and experiences and work together to create inclusive workplaces for all. The school staff network will link with PCC's network for BAME staff.

To join the network or if you have any questions, please email by Friday 22 January 2021.

Please share this message with any colleagues who may be interested but who do not receive this bulletin directly.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Langstone Junior Academy receives award for lockdown project

Year six pupils and their teacher at Langstone Junior Academy have received recognition for a project in which they linked up with pupils in Italy and shared their lockdown experiences.

Their project, titled The Red Zone: Isolated but connected! was recognised as a 2020 Outstanding Project at the 15th annual British Council eTwinning National Awards.

Letters from Langstone Junior Academy

Class teacher and MFL lead, Lyndsey Knight explained:

I joined an international project that was set up by a teacher in Italy where the worst number of COVID cases were initially. We contributed to the project by uploading photos of work/fun created by our year six children at home such as letters, pictures, baking, crafts etc. The children really embraced this project, and it all sort of snowballed from receiving the first award - European Quality label - to the National Award for an Outstanding Project 2020.

Read more

Free webinar: maintaining your team’s morale during lockdown

Creative Education are holding a webinar on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 4pm which will explore some simple steps to keep morale high in school and college staff teams during lockdown.

The session will last for about an hour and there will be an opportunity for breakout discussions and Q&A with Pooky Knightsmith who will lead the session.

Register now

Post 16 and higher education

Office for Students (OfS) consultation on Uni Connect

The Office for Students is seeking views on a new approach to the Uni Connect programme from academic year 2021-22 to 2024-25. The consultation gives those with an interest in equality of opportunity in higher education the chance to help inform a new approach to the programme from 2021-22 onwards.

The deadline for responses is Tuesday 19 January 2021. An online event providing information about the consultation will take place on Thursday 14 January 2021.

Through 29 local partnerships across the country, Uni Connect provides long-term coordinated information, advice and guidance and outreach to support student progression to further and higher education.

Read and respond to the consultation

LA updates

January school census - Thursday 21 January 2021

LA deadline is Thursday 28 January 2021. Please ensure that you meet this deadline to enable the detailed post-census data checking reports to be created and sent back to you. These reports will help you to validate your data to ensure its accuracy. If you cannot submit on time please contact us ASAP. Academies that purchase EIS SLA, please send a copy of your school census to the LA via SSE and inform us by emailing when you have done so.

All schools must have an approved return on COLLECT by Wednesday 17 February. Please be aware that DfE may still require your school to make changes to your census after this date.

A familiarisation blade is currently available for schools to check that the required data are being passed from your MIS to COLLECT and if any validation errors or queries are generated against your school's data. This blade will close at 4pm on Friday 15 January. The DfE has issued guidance stating that if uptake of the familiarisation blade continues to be low they will be looking to undertake a consultation about the future of the familiarisation blade service.

For further information please call 023 9284 1078 or email

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