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PEP Bulletin

4 February 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Help parents/carers understand their young person's options after year 11

Flying Start Portsmouth is holding an information event for parents/carers who need clarity on their young person's options for life in work or study after year 11.

In partnership with Portsmouth City Council, Southern Universities Network (SUN) and Southampton City Council, parents/carers can get clarity on apprenticeships, colleges and employment opportunities local to them. As well as ask questions to a qualified careers adviser from Portsmouth and Southampton.

The webinar begins at 4:30pm on Thursday 11 February. Parents/carers can drop in between then and 5:30pm for more information. To attend the event, parents/carers will need to register beforehand. As this is a partnership event between Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and SUN, a postcode is needed upon registration. For more information, please visit the Zoom registration page.

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Latest news and updates from Unloc

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

  • New free e-courses on Unloc.Online
  • First Changemaker Studios opens in London
  • Collaboration with Radweb to launch coding academy for young people
  • and more...

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Second Teach Portsmouth webinar welcomes career changers

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth held their second webinar, changing career to teaching, on Wednesday 27 January. 26 people attended the virtual event to learn about switching to the profession.

Portsmouth-based teachers, Tarryn Williams and Sean Archibald shared their experiences of teacher training, providing top tips for those planning a move. Simon Barrable, principal at Portsmouth College gave information on his journey, offering an insight into senior leadership.

If you missed the webinar or know someone who might be interested, you can watch a recording as well as read responses to questions submitted during the live Q&A.

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Curriculum and CPD

Starburst Performers PSHE shows and workshops

Starburst Performers is a new project that provides interactive PSHE shows and workshops for schools, designed to support children with social and emotional development while following National Curriculum guidance.

Created for KS1 and KS2, the interactive performances/workshops welcome the whole class to be part of the show.

Starburst Performers

There are two touring PSHE and post-COVID themed productions for the 2021 season:

  • Unique-Horns (PSHE key stage 1)
  • Miss YOU in the ZOO (PSHE and COVID-19 key stage 2)

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Emergency services education resources


StayWise have brought together many educational resources from the emergency services and voluntary safety organisations, linked to age groups, themes and curriculum areas.

The teachers’ area holds lesson plans, theme-based collections, individual activity sheets, best practice guides, shared practice and much more. Once logged in, you can curate your own personalised library of resources from the extensive collection of learning tools.

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Hampshire School Games daily challenges

Hampshire School Games daily challenges, #HSGDailyChallenge, have been restarted for the latest lockdown. The main aim of the campaign is to get and keep people moving whilst trying to have some fun! The challenge has been amended to include some wellbeing and dance activities.

Please help the Hampshire SGO network by actively promoting this initiative to teachers and parents to follow the social media below to join in.


Facebook: @HampshireSGO or search 'Hampshire SGO's'

Instagram: @hampshiresgos

A selection of activities have also been produced for Children's Mental Health Week which inspire and offer a chance to show gratitude, be hopeful, connect with others and express
yourself. View the activities here.

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30% off PSHE Association membership plus access to local PSHE leads meetings*

There are a limited number of heavily discounted school memberships to the PSHE Association** through the Portsmouth traded service, which also provides access to the Portsmouth PSHE leads network meetings*** (February to July 2021).

For just £40, colleagues across your Portsmouth-based school can benefit from access to PSHE curriculum guidance, a wide range of home learning and classroom based tools, plus more (including information for parents) through the PSHE Association for the six months. The Portsmouth PSHE leads network meeting also has multiple benefits, including learning about local opportunities and sharing of best practice.

To access this offer or for more information please email

*Schools signed up to the Portsmouth PSHE traded service may already have access to the PSHE leads meetings and PSHE Association. For schools who are already within the PSHE traded service and want to extend their membership to the PSHE Association past 2020/21 please contact

**PSHE Association membership for schools is usually £125 for the year which allows multiple users. Six months would be £62.50 but offer >30% off. Six months membership covers from February until the end of July 2021.

***Access to the PSHE leads' termly network meetings. These will include multi agency professional input.

Community Learning Service

Community Learning Service online free family learning courses

A range of courses for families are being offered by the Community Learning Service. Click the links below to find out more about each course.

  • Digital families workshop: Tuesday 9 February, 10am
    Aims to help parents/carers to keep their child safe on the internet and support them in their online world.
  • Parent power course: 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 March, 10am
    Aims to put the fun back into parenting - helping to reduce those stressful moments, manage those difficult situations and improve confidence and skills.
  • Family learning fun: 16 and 23 February, 2 March, 1:30pm
    A selection of fun activities for parents and children to enjoy together using art, craft and maths skills. Suitable for KS1.

To enrol on any of the courses or if you have any queries please email

Hampshire secondary RE webinars

2020 marked both the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia, as well as the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Two webinars, aimed at secondary RE teachers and interested others, offer the opportunity to hear two expert and inspiring educational speakers in the field. We will:

  • Build confidence to handle complex themes in RE
  • Boost subject knowledge and understanding
  • Explore issues involved with bringing lived experience into the classroom.

Webinar 1: Tuesday 9 February, 6pm - 7.30pm
Dr Alasdair Richardson: Postgraduate research student lead (Faculty of Education) and senior lecturer (religious education) and freelance educator for HET, and member of the Education Advisory Group for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Webinar 2: Monday 1 March, 6pm - 7.30pm
Dr Zilka Spahic Siljak: Associate professor and guest lecturer at the University of Roehampton. London + program director, TPO Foundation Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Further information and to book, please contact

Emotional health and wellbeing

Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February)

Children’s Mental Health Week, an annual week-long campaign run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, is taking place from 1-7 February.

This year’s theme is “Express Yourself” with the focus on children finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas through creativity. Mentally Healthy Schools have created a toolkit of resources for children, staff and parents to use during Children’s Mental Health Week.

Throughout the week, the DfE will be using social media to share a variety of mental health resources including ‘wellbeing for education return’ and the children and young people’s psychological first aid training which is run by Public Health England.

St Edmund's Catholic School have shared a presentation containing mental health resources and activities.

New songs for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of this week's national Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, Portsmouth Music Hub is releasing a new song and accompanying video each day. Backing tracks and resources can be found on the Portsmouth Music Hub website.

Portsmouth Music Hub

You might like to share these in online assemblies or send the links home for children to sing along with:

"Don't Do It Alone" campaign launched for Children's Mental Health Week

Online mental health platform Kooth has launched the “Don’t Do It Alone” campaign, designed to encourage open conversations around mental health so children and young people know they are not alone with their struggles.

“Don’t Do It Alone” has been designed specifically for young people and some of the biggest stars on social media appear in the campaign video. To accompany the video, Kooth have created an interactive lesson plan for you to download and use in your online or physical classroom to engage your students in a conversation about mental wellbeing.

Follow and share the social media campaign using #DontDoItAlone.

Don't Do It Alone

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NHS-approved Every Mind Matters resources

Public Health England have a range of health and wellbeing resources to discuss this Children’s Mental Health Week on topics such as sleep and building connections. The lessons support Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education and can also be adapted for virtual learning and include support for delivering the lessons in the classroom under social distancing guidelines.

There are also resources on the topic of social media (suitable for year 6, KS3 and KS4) which could help spark discussion around Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9 February.

Visit the PHE School Zone to download the resources.

Let's Learn About Mental Health resource for years 3 and 4

Let's Learn About Mental Health

The Healthier Together programme in collaboration with bereavement charity Simon Says, has worked with a primary school teacher and child psychiatrist to develop a mental health resource for 7 and 8 year olds.

‘Let’s Learn About Mental Health’ is a resource pack for teachers and other practitioners working with children in years 3 and 4. It comprises of six lesson plans designed to improve pupils understanding of mental health, anxiety, depression, self-harm and bereavement.

Pupils will learn: how to recognise issues, preventative steps to take, strategies to manage the ‘big feelings’, the importance of talking about it, how and where to seek appropriate support.

Each lesson builds on the previous one. To achieve the best results they should be delivered in the correct order over a six-week period.

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HIV learning resource for schools

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Services have launched an educational resource which aims to give learners a basic introduction to HIV and signpost them to local support services. The resource is adaptable, targeted for learners age 13+ and can be incorporated into teaching in the most appropriate way for learners. It includes:

  • Learner factsheet: information on HIV, testing and treatment.
  • True or false exercise: to allow learners to put their HIV knowledge to the test.
  • Facilitators guide: guide for educators on how to use the resource. Gives additional information to discuss around each of the statements on the exercise. Further information on HIV and sexual health is included to enable facilitators to answer questions from learners, and signpost where appropriate.

The resource is free to use and can be downloaded from the Lets Talk About It website. It has been launched in line with National HIV Testing Week but can be used any time of the year.

National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week takes place between 1-7 February 2021. This year, the campaign returns with ‘Give HIV the finger: a finger-prick test is all it takes’ to encourage people to test for HIV at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Free home testing options available:

  • Anyone over 16 that lives in England can order a HIV test kit from hiv
  • Anyone 18+ living in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight can get a HIV test as part of a full STI kit from

HIV Testing Week resources from HIV Prevention England:

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

SEND survey 2021 launches

Portsmouth City Council, in collaboration with Portsmouth Parent Voice, have launched their annual survey which invites parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to have their say on the services and support available in the city. 

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SEND survey 2021

Inclusion Outreach Service

Inclusion Outreach Service

A needs-led and flexible approach for school staff:

  • Promoting good outcomes for children and young people with SEND in the city
  • Removing barriers to inclusion
  • Partnership working with schools and other agencies
  • Building capacity, providing support, through a team around the school approach
  • Supporting children and young people through a team around the child approach.

Find out more

LA updates

Used desks and stools for schools - first come, first served

The De Curci Trust has a selection of used desks and stools that are surplus to requirements following a science building refurbishment. The desks and stools are available on a first come, first served basis and will need to be collected by Wednesday 10 February at the latest.

The following items are available:

  1. Pupil light grey topped desk. Approx. 74 in total. View photo
    Size: 1200 (L) X 600 (W) X 855 (H)
  2. Pupil stools with brown seat. Approx. 95 in total. View photo
  3. Wooden topped pupil desk. Approx. 20 in total. View photo
    Size: 1200 (L) X 600 (W) X 840 (H)

Collection by arrangement only. Please email if you are interested.

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