PEP Bulletin w/c 1 March 2021

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PEP Bulletin

3 March 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Get Inspired Portsmouth

Funded inspirational careers event connecting young people to the world of work

EBP South is pleased to announce that the funded careers event, Get Inspired Portsmouth, will take place this June. The unique two-part event is supported by local businesses to help young people understand the careers that are available, including those on their doorstep.

Local businesses will be running live sessions that can be streamed into the classroom and there will be an online careers fair which students can access.

The live event will take place on 9 and 10 June 2021 and the digital inspiring careers fair will take place from Monday 7 June – Friday 18 June 2021.

It is open to years 7–11 and free for schools to attend. The event enables schools to meet the Gatsby benchmarks 2, 4, 5 and 7. Places will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.

The event is being funded by Portsmouth City Council, Solent Careers Hub, Kier and BAE Systems.

Book your free places

Curriculum and CPD

Apprenticeships, an amazing option for your career

Portsmouth College apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are the best option to start your career, to upskill or boost your future
path. It has never been easier, and it is the perfect way to learn while you work and earn some money. You will get a qualification while you get hands-on experience and there are many different apprenticeship options to suit you and your career.

Portsmouth College offers a variety of bespoke apprenticeships tailored to suit your
needs. In recent years, teaching assistant and nursery assistant have become some of the most demanded apprenticeships. Learners say:

"I love being able to work and gain a qualification at the same time."
"It gave me more confidence to perform my job better and become a better leader."

If you would like to join or learn more about the courses, contact 023 9234 4347 or email

Outdoor education update from Hampshire Outdoors

Hampshire Outdoors logo

The spring newsletter from Hampshire Outdoors (including Trailblazer) is full of ideas and signposting to resources to support you with outdoor learning.

Hampshire Outdoors are looking forward to schools returning properly on Monday 8 March. However at this time with the current DfE guidance, schools continue to be unable to carry out educational visits until further notice. The school grounds are going to be a really important resource to use to get children outside. Being physically active can improve children’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as connecting and engaging with nature. Use outdoor learning as a regular structured part of your curriculum or for informal learning opportunities.

Evolve will be used to keep schools updated as guidance and rules regarding educational visits and residentials change over the coming weeks.

Please contact if you need further information or advice.

3D jigsaw map of Portsmouth

Fiona Nicholson from The Portsmouth Grammar School is looking for 10 schools from across the city to take part in creating a 3m x 2m 3D jigsaw map of Portsmouth. Each section of the map will provide an expression of the area rather than a literal representation.

All resources, training and support will be provided so there is no cost to your school. It will be an opportunity for community development, fun and skills development under the virtual guidance of local artisan Jen Evison. Any dedicated group of young people from years 5-8 and their teacher can take part.

The finished product, which will include digital elements accessed by QR codes on the model, will be pulled together by Jen and displayed in Portsmouth Cathedral as part of Ports Fest from 2-4 July.

If you are interested, please get in touch with Fiona Nicholson ( and further details can be provided.

A letter to schools outlining the project in further detail can be viewed here.

Here are some examples of Jen's houses to inspire you! 

3D jigsaw map of Portsmouth

WEA schools and parenting forum

The WEA are holding a schools and parenting forum on Wednesday 31 March 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. Find out about the many schools and parenting courses the WEA offer, including tasters, short courses and accredited courses.

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email from Southern Region with a link and password.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Motiv8 South February update

Motiv8 logo

Read the latest update from Motiv8 South to find out about some of the amazing things that they've been doing.

Motiv8 is a local charity that has been operating in the Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham area for the past 20 years. Their vision is to create safer communities where young people feel inspired and empowered to reach their potential.


Kooth webinars for parents/carers

Kooth is offering free online parent/carer information sessions in March, April and May. These sessions are designed to help parents/carers understand how Kooth can support their child with their mental health and wellbeing. The sessions last approximately an hour and include: Kooth parents presentation, a live tour of the site, and a Q&A opportunity.

The following links contain details for each session and can be shared with parents:

There are also upcoming webinars for professionals in March, the details of which can be found here.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It is Beat's (the eating disorder charity) Eating Disorders Awareness Week from 1-7 March 2021. There has been a significant increase in referrals for young people with eating disorders, both nationally and locally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an increase in late presentations. It’s therefore especially important at this time to raise awareness of the signs of an eating disorder.

There are resources including Beat's tips poster which can help with this. There are also national organisations available for support and information, including MindEd who offer free e-learning sessions for all those working with children and young people.

Families concerned that a child or young person in their care is showing signs of an eating disorder should be advised to speak with their GP.

Update on Veg Power: Eat Them to Defeat Them 2021

Eat Them to Defeat Them, the programme from Veg Power and ITV which uses advertising and a school programme to get kids to eat more vegetables, was scheduled to return in February 2021. Due to COVID-19 and the closure of primary schools the campaign has been postponed to the second half of the summer term, May-July 2021.

It will be led by a £3m TV campaign from ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Media featuring the multi-award winning Eat Them to Defeat Them adverts and their largest ever schools’ programme going out to 500,000 children at 1,700 primary schools.

The programme is being simplified for 2021, introducing nothing new, improving just the best elements and engaging with more school caterers to take on the work.

Find out more

Young carers February newsletter

The latest young carers update includes information and resources that may be helpful for families, including:

  • Staying safe
  • World Book Day
  • Special educational needs and/or disabilities services survey
  • Meditation
  • Mental Wealth Academy

Read now

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.

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

Back to school support leaflet

MHST Portsmouth have produced a leaflet featuring tips and advice for parents/carers supporting children going back to school. It has sections on routines, giving information, and changes and anxiety.

Download leaflet

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

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

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

COVID-19 Ask The Panel event

Ask our panel of experts about COVID-19

On Thursday 4 March, 6-7pm, we're hosting an online event where you can ask our panel of experts any questions you have about COVID-19.

If you have any questions about the vaccination programme, the rate of infection, the ongoing impact of the pandemic, or anything else - register for the event, submit your question and join us on the evening.

Hosted by Mark Waldron, Editor of The News, the panel consists of:

  • Helen Atkinson, Director of Public Health at Portsmouth City Council
  • Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Angela Anderson, Clinical Director for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme at NHS Solent Trust
  • Dr Abu Mohammed, GP
  • Superintendent Clare Jenkins, Hampshire Constabulary

Register now

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