PEP Bulletin w/c 25 January 2021

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PEP Bulletin

29 January 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

World of Work Post-Covid Careers Conference

World of Work Post Covid | Save the date: 28 April 2021

Attendees will get the opportunity to gain an insight from employers and industry experts into the changing landscape of recruitment as well as the opportunities and challenges COVID-19 has on different industries.

The virtual careers conference is for those that support young people including careers practitioners, careers advisers, careers leads, those that work in schools and colleges, and professionals supporting young people with careers.

Register your interest

Curriculum and CPD

RSHE training from the Sex Education Forum – spring term 2021

Ideal for RSE and PSHE leads and advisors, the training addresses key aspects of preparation to deliver statutory RSHE. Sessions are interactive with Q&A; slides are provided along with relevant tools.

  • Assessment in RSHE – 4 February 2021

SEND specialist training

Meeting the RSHE needs of pupils with SEND is a requirement for both mainstream and special schools. A series of teacher-led, specialist webinars are running throughout the spring term taking a SEND focused lens to a range of key topics:

  • Consent & touch for learners with PMLD / CLDD – 10 February 2021
  • Preparing for adulthood – 25 February 2021
  • SEND inclusive RSE in mainstream settings – 3 March 2021

The Sex Education Forum’s one-day ‘Get ready for statutory: SEND’ course is next running on 3 February 2021. This provides a broad introduction to SEND inclusive RSE / RSHE. It is an ideal foundation course for teachers and leaders working with learners with additional needs. 

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Oral health curriculum survey - University of Portsmouth

Stephanie Prestidge, a final year undergraduate dental hygiene student at the University of Portsmouth's Dental Academy is conducting research into the new regulation that requires oral health education to be part of the mandatory curriculum. The study investigates the perceptions, knowledge, and barriers of primary school teachers in educating children in oral health following the new guidance.

The Dental Academy is extremely keen to know how schools feel about this and if there is an opportunity to support primary schools in delivering this education. They would be very grateful if primary schools could spare 10 minutes to complete the survey below.

All responses will be anonymous and confidential.

A participant information sheet is available here.

Begin survey

Primary music co-ordinators' network meeting

On Thursday 4 February from 4:15pm - 5:15pm we will be meeting for an assessment update and for a presentation from Mark Philips, HMI entitled: Why Doing Just Music Isn't Enough.

Mark is an extremely experienced Ofsted inspector and his insight into the music curriculum and music teaching in schools is not to be missed.

If you would like to join this meeting, please register with and you will be sent the Zoom code.

Portsmouth Music Hub

Oak National Academy primary French and Spanish resources

Research in Primary Languages (RiPL) has worked in partnership with Oak National Academy to add new primary French and Spanish learning resources.

Visit the Oak Teacher Hub to view the new units available.

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership courses

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership have a number of pre-recorded new courses available. All the existing courses continue to be available and are being delivered via Zoom.

The popular restorative practice courses are now shorter half day sessions and are free for schools.

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Active challenges for PE fun

Active Leaders have created a set of 25 fun 'active challenge cards' to help vary the PE offering for pupils being taught online.

All of the cards are available on the Active Leaders website.

Active Challenge Cards

Emotional health and wellbeing

Latest school resources from Anna Freud Centre for Children's Mental Health Week (1-7 February 2021)

The latest Schools in Mind newsletter from the Anna Freud Centre is now available. It includes details on:

  • Free 'express yourself' toolkit to support Children's Mental Health Week which takes place from 1-7 February 2021. The toolkit includes lots of great resources to help children, staff and families start the mental health conversation.
  • Crisis messenger service for school staff
  • Depression online therapy study
  • 10 ways to support staff wellbeing poster
  • and more...

Read now

Project Orpheus and Prevent update

The January 2021 Project Orpheus and Prevent update is now available. It features information on:

  • Project Orpheus – local engagement
  • National Prevent referral form
  • Out of schools settings (OOSS): training for professionals (4 February 2021)
  • Prevent statistics – key headlines from 2019-20 data
  • One minute guide to disinformation, misinformation and conspiracy theories
  • Patriotic Alternative – far right group
  • ACT early – a new campaign from Counter Terrorism Police 
  • Safer Internet Day – 9 February 2021

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Letting students know about digital wellbeing support from Kooth

11 - 18 year olds in Portsmouth who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing can access a free online counselling service, wellbeing resources and self-help tools from There are lots of free resources including posters, social media and website content and a parent communication, available for schools and colleges to use to let students know about Kooth. Click below for more information and details of the resources available.

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LA updates

Education Information Services January 2021 school census - update

Since the DfE's school census was opened to schools on 21 January, it has become clear to us that the messages that we have been sending to school head teacher and admin email addresses have been not always been forwarded to the person that actually completes the census.

We do understand that these are very challenging times but we have experienced several instances where school staff have not always followed the DfE's guidance. This could be due to inboxes / outboxes holding onto messages when forwarded to home workers, so if you have been sending our messages onwards but your staff haven't received them, please can you check these?

The outcome of this situation has been avoidable additional work within the schools concerned to resolve queries, or alternatively, could lead to a school situation being mis-reported to DfE.


  • If you receive one of our census emails but you do not complete the census yourself, please can you forward the email to the correct person asap?
  • If you have any questions or doubts about the DfE's census rules or COLLECT site, do please get in touch with us using the details below and we will do our best to assist you.

For further information please call 023 9284 1078 or email

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