PEP Bulletin w/c 22 February 2021

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24 February 2021

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Early years

Early years training and development programme

2021-22 early years development and training programme (starting summer term 2021)

Portsmouth's early years providers offer some of the best early years provision in the country. Over 98% of the city's providers are judged good or outstanding by Ofsted. This is something to be celebrated and to strive to uphold. As Portsmouth's early years team, we are committed to supporting you in maintaining high standards and continuing to develop and improve. Our evidence based training programme is highly successful in delivering courses, training and support which are both responsive to local need and the changing demands of the regulatory framework.

The programme is written and delivered by the highly skilled and experienced early years team to provide high quality training and continuous professional development for our outstanding workforce. We hope you join us in our 2021-2022 early years development and training programme and look forward to welcoming you to workshops and supporting your CPD needs, whatever they may be.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the programme:

Log on to the traded services website to book your package.

Any queries, please contact

Curriculum and CPD

Portsmouth Music Hub: updates and information

Portsmouth Music Hub

Musical inclusion survey for young people aged 11-25

Portsmouth Music Hub is inviting young people aged 11-25 to complete a musical inclusion survey by 31 March 2021 as part of a city-wide music review.

The survey looks at the kind of musical provision, support and opportunities that young people would like to see and engage with in Portsmouth in the future.

We understand how busy everyone is right now. However, if you are able to share this with young people (aged 11-25) who could complete this survey, their feedback would be really helpful. Thank you for your time.

If you have any questions, please email

Complete the survey

Portsmouth music services 2021/22

Portsmouth's highly regarded music services are now available to buy on the Portsmouth traded services website.

The music provision on offer includes:

  • Instrumental and vocal teaching (individual and small group)
  • Curriculum music lessons
  • Whole class instrumental teaching (Getting Ready 4 Music; Ready 4 Music; Ready 4 More Music)
  • School ensembles and after school clubs
  • Portsmouth Music Programme
  • Bespoke music advice, training and workshops.

Schools are asked to book by no later than Thursday 2 April to ensure that arrangements can be made in good time for the start of the 2021/22 school year. For any queries please contact

Fully funded CPD courses for Portsmouth staff

Portsmouth Music Hub are proud to be working in partnership with the Aim Group to offer fully funded CPD courses.

Courses available include LGBT inclusivity, business admin, IT user skills and adult social care, as well as those linked to working with children and young people.

If you are interested in learning new skills or training in a new field, explore the wide range of courses here.

Find out more

Meeting for secondary music teachers

All secondary music teachers are invited to a virtual meeting led by Portsmouth Music Hub on Thursday 25 February at 4pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to share experiences, successes and challenges of teaching music during the pandemic, including both remote teaching and adaptations to ways of working in face-to-face teaching. There will also be a discussion about collaborative performance opportunities for secondary schools in the summer term.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please email to request the Zoom link.

Free webinar: Meeting the needs of disadvantaged pupils during and post-pandemic

HISP Research School logo

HISP Research School is hosting a webinar on Thursday 4 March 2021 from 4-5pm on meeting the needs of disadvantaged pupils during and post-pandemic.

As schools continue to support pupils both in schools and remotely, as well as starting to plan to fully re-open, Marc Rowland will discuss what schools can be doing to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils.

Marc Rowland is a foremost expert on the effective use of the pupil premium and improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners.

View the flyer to find out more.

Register now

Free online workshop on anti-racism in performing arts classrooms

Join Mezze Eade and Romana Flello from the RinD project for an introductory workshop on anti-racism in performing arts classrooms on Tuesday 30 March from 3.30pm–5.30pm.

Delivered by the London Theatre Consortium's RinD project in partnership with Artswork, the session will explore language, practice, representation, resources, barriers, challenges and solutions. It aims to kick start the journey to decolonising the curriculum and explore what decolonising means to you and within your school's context.

The session will be of value to teachers working in drama and dance, or using drama texts in English.

Register now

WEA schools and parenting forum

The WEA are holding a schools and parenting forum on Wednesday 24 February from 3.30-4.30pm. Schools are invited to attend to find out how the WEA can support children's learning through working with parents. The forum will provide an opportunity to network and tell the WEA what you need.

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. They deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

Register now

Inclusion Outreach Service central training offer for 2021

Inclusion Outreach Service

The Inclusion Outreach Service's central training offer for 2021 can be viewed here.

All courses are free to all school staff and can be booked through the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.

Maths Hub network meetings

Solent Maths Hub

The Maths Hub will be holding their first network meeting for this year on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 3.45pm.

Maths leads are invited to come along with any ideas or strategies that they have already planned for, and hopefully they will leave with a secure idea of how to move forward after discussions with other leads from schools across the city.

The area of focus are linked the current PEP priorities, so will be looking at differentiation and SEND with a particular focus on the catch up curriculum and looking forward to schools reopening.

We will then be holding meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 3.45pm. 

Please email Amanda Ponsford at the Maths Hub for joining instructions.

Emotional health and wellbeing

RSE support from the Sex Education Forum (SEF)

The Sex Education Forum's new guide 'External agencies and RSE' includes advice and checklists to support schools in ensuring quality provision. There is also a useful case study from Brook.

The next series of ‘ready for RSHE’ webinars designed for RSHE and PSHE leads begins on 25 February 2021 and runs every Thursday for four weeks:

SEF have also written a blog post with some advice on asking pupils about their views on RSE.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

SEND survey 2021

Portsmouth City Council, in collaboration with Portsmouth Parent Voice, have launched their annual survey. The survey invites parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to have their say on the services and support available in the city. 

Please share this information as widely as possible with all families you work with.

Take the survey

SEND survey

LA updates

World Book Day 4 March 2021

World Book Day 4 March 2021

The School Library Service is preparing to celebrate World Book Day on 4 March with suggested activities for families which could be done in school or as part of remote learning.

In the week beginning 1 March, parents and children are invited to share their favourite books and characters by:

  • Drawing their favourite book cover and sticking it in their window for others to spot on their daily walks
  • Standing their favourite book in their window
  • Making a window display using their favourite book or books
  • Dressing up as their favourite character using things they can find at home
  • Reading a story with their family

Encourage the children to see if they can spot the window displays while they're out on your daily walks that week.

Please take photos of your creations or activities - and encourage those at home to do the same - and share them during the week beginning 1 March on social media with #WorldBookDay #Portsmouth. Tag us @PortsmouthLibraries on Facebook or @PortsmouthSLS on Twitter and we'll share them too!


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