PEP Bulletin w/c 8 March 2021

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10 March 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Youth Parliament candidates 2021

Voting opens for Portsmouth's next Member of Youth Parliament

A shortlist of seven candidates (from 52 applicants) has been announced for the Member of Youth Parliament elections. All young people aged 11-18 who live, study or work in Portsmouth are eligible to vote in the MYP elections.

Voting is now open until 4pm on Wednesday 17 March.

A six-minute video introduces the candidates and the election process. Individual candidate videos, manifestos and a link to vote can be found on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website. Please share these with your students.

There was a really strong field and shortlisting was a challenge. We are keen to make sure that there are more opportunities moving forwards to make the voices of young people heard.

If you have any questions please contact

The Girls’ Network

The Girls' Network logo

The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and network of professional role models who are women. They support over 1000 girls nationally per year, 100 of them from seven Portsmouth high schools.

Professional volunteers are trained in mentoring and safeguarding by The Girls’ Network and meet their mentees at least once a month for a year. Mentoring is a journey, helping mentees get from where they are to where they want to be.

If your school would like to know more about this amazing programme please contact Paula Falck, network manager for Portsmouth or visit

Find out more

Careers and Apprenticeship Show 2021

Get ready for the Careers and Apprenticeship Show 2021

Portsmouth City Council is proud to be supporting the online Careers and Apprenticeship Show on 20 May 2021 from 9am – 7pm. Meet over 60 employers (including us) from the area and explore various routes into employment. Discover what industry sector students could work in as your class/group journey around a virtual exhibition hall.

The event is aimed at young people in years 10-13 (aged between 15 and 19 years old). Colleagues can now sign up their class/group to attend on the day.

Registration is free - all you need to do is complete a short form online.

Register now

Curriculum and CPD

Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP)

Last week saw 40 enthusiastic cultural partners and schools meeting to discuss the city's Cultural Education Partnership.

There's a range of exciting plans in place that will directly benefit schools, providing cultural opportunities for your students. Information about these will be released in due course, so please do get involved and keep your eyes open for the logo!

PCEP logo

As we refresh and revitalise PCEP, we would like to share your students' art, music-making, dance, poems and all sorts of cultural activities, whether undertaken at home or in school. If you are sharing them on your own social media, it would be great if you could include #portsmouthcep. Alternatively, email and we will upload them for you.

Information about PCEP will be sent to schools and the social media channels have just been launched. Do follow us, engage with us and work with PCEP to enable your students to engage with collaborative, creative and cultural opportunities:

SACRE annual report for 2019/20

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) annual report for 2019/20 has been published and is available to read here.

Upcoming SEND CPD courses

A selection of SEND related courses are taking place over the next couple of months. Click the links below to find out more about each course and to book your place via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.

Free CPD opportunity

Portsmouth Music Hub is working in partnership with Music Ed Tech to offer a free online conference on 4-5 May 2021.

This free virtual conference is open to all music teachers and features a very diverse line up of music educators from a wide variety of backgrounds.

For more information and to register, click here.

Portsmouth Music Hub

Return to school: COVID rap

Portsmouth Music Hub

In response to requests from schools, Portsmouth Music Hub has created a rap for students to perform as they all return to schools this week.

The aim is to reinforce key messages about staying safe, encouraging children and young people to be good, responsible citizens. Hopefully they can share the rap with parents and use 'pester power' to ensure that their parents follow the rules!

The lyric sheets, backing tracks and karaoke tracks are all on the Music Hub website.

Here's a taster:

COVID-19’s still about – sing this rap to stamp it out.
COVID-19’s still about – sing this rap to stamp it out.

Although we’re back at school I think it’s fair to say
The virus hasn’t gone - it might be here to stay.
We’d better carry on with all the things we do
Keeping everybody safe – that means me and you.

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting

Monday 22 March 2021, 4.00pm (via Zoom)

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub logo

The next ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting features guest speakers who will introduce two exciting projects. These projects could be of interest not only to primary languages colleagues but also to secondary colleagues, and colleagues in other curriculum areas.

David Moss from the National Association of Language Advisers (NALA) will introduce an amazing free online resource which supports colleagues who want to have a better understanding of the KS2 grammar curriculum and links this information to the grammar used by teachers of different languages.

Crista Hazell, development manager with the Association for Language Learning (ALL), will encourage us to think about how we can support and integrate language learning across the curriculum.

Please contact for the Zoom link.

Portsmouth primary science network

Not sure how best to tackle the gaps now appearing in children's science knowledge? Wondering how to make the most out of the learning time left this year?

Pop along to the Portsmouth primary science network to discuss different strategies to make sure children end this year with the key elements of learning they need to move on to the next year. It will also be a chance to share good practice in science across the city plus ask questions and advice.

The meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday 24 March from 3.30-5pm.

Please book via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway (course code SCH/21/17).

Network meeting for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic school staff

The first meeting of this network will be held virtually on Tuesday 30 March from 3.30-5pm. This is intended to be a safe and supportive environment for staff. The first meeting will discuss and agree how the network should run and what it should be called.

All BAME staff working in schools and colleges in Portsmouth are welcome to attend, including teachers, support staff and trainees.

Zoom details:
Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 849 4713 3941
Passcode: 733449

For further information please contact or come along to the meeting on Tuesday 30 March.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Free webinar on HIV for secondary education professionals

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health is running a free webinar on HIV on Tuesday 30 March. This event is suitable for professionals working in secondary education in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight. The webinar will cover:

  • Introduction to and accessing our local services
  • Introduction to Sexual Health Promotion and HIV team
  • HIV and AIDS - what is the difference
  • History of HIV
  • Reducing stigma
  • Prevention methods: testing, treatment, PrEP, condoms, PEP
  • Symptoms and transmission awareness
  • Resources available for professionals

The webinar aims to give you a brief understanding about HIV and the confidence to hold discussions around HIV to reduce stigma, and offer up to date information on testing, treatment and appropriate signposting. You will also be shown how to download and utilise the new HIV learning resource designed for secondary school aged learners.

For more information and booking, visit the Eventbrite page.

Portsmouth schools/colleges young carer leads network meetings

The first termly network meetings for young carer leads in Portsmouth schools and colleges will be taking place on the following dates: 

Secondary schools and colleges: Tuesday 23 March 2021, 3.45 - 4.45pm
Primary schools: Wednesday 24 March 2021, 3.45 - 4.45pm

The sessions will give everyone an opportunity to:

  • Network with other young carer leads in the city
  • Share practical solutions to young carers issues and ideas to use with young carers and other students
  • Receive information from Portsmouth Young Carers Service
  • Listen to guest speakers from other agencies and organisations working with young carers.

The meetings will take place on Microsoft Teams.

Please contact Mandy Watters to book your place:

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Portsmouth SEND partnership update

The second edition of the Portsmouth SEND Partnership update is now available. Features include:

  • New SEND introductory e-learning module for all staff
  • 2021 SEND parent and carers survey, open until 19 March
  • Latest training available from the Inclusion Outreach Service
  • Updates from the January SEND board meeting

Read now

World Autism Awareness Week competition

World Autism Awareness Week photography, art and colouring competition

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Week, the Portsmouth Community Autism Forum is running a photography, colouring and art competition. The themes for entries are 'Portsmouth' and 'nature'. There will be prizes for the best entries in different age categories.

We will put together and publish a display of your entries during World Autism Awareness Week, 29 March - 4 April 2021. We especially want entries from anyone who is having to stay at home at the moment, and look forward to seeing your work!

Please send a photograph of your entry by Friday 26 March, with the name and age of the artist, to

Or post it to: Christopher Noden, The Kestrel Centre, 2nd Floor, Mountbatten Gallery, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2GJ.

Open letter from Vicky Ford MP

Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to children and young people with SEND, their families, and those who support them.

Read now

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

Section 251 Outturn Statement 2019-20

The Section 251 Outturn Statement 2019-20 for the authority can be found on the Portsmouth City Council website under the School Finance section, 2019-20.

This is a statutory publication that the authority must provide and publish under Section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. It shows the actual expenditure on education and children's social care for the 2019-20 financial year, including how much the authority has spent on their:

  • Schools budget
  • De-delegated items
  • High needs budget
  • Central provision within the schools budget
  • Children and young people's services

Education Information Services school data meetings

The next school data meetings organised by Education Information Services (EIS) will take place towards the end of the spring term. Aimed at staff responsible for data statutory returns (including headteachers, finance officers, MIS managers or admin officers), the sessions are to raise awareness of forthcoming data issues and to ensure that schools are obtaining best value from the team.

There are two possible sessions to attend: either the morning of Tuesday 23 March or the afternoon of Wednesday 24 March 2021.The meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams.

Booking is via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway. Attendance is free for schools that purchase the EIS SLA.

For further information, please email:

Passenger transport assistants

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities?

Portsmouth City Council is currently looking for additional Passenger Transport Assistants to travel with children to and from schools and colleges in Portsmouth and further afield, taking responsibility for the children's safety and wellbeing. Successful applicants will be able to build a good rapport with children with special educational needs, and will need to become familiar with the operation of specialist equipment, for example car seats, vehicle passenger lifts, ramps and wheelchair restraints in case of emergency.

We are currently looking for relief passenger transport assistants who can work with us when colleagues are absent for short or longer term reasons. We anticipate that we will shortly be recruiting to a number of permanent posts, and will recruit initially from the relief passenger transport pool. The hours are typically 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4.15pm.

For more details and to apply see the Portsmouth City Council careers hub. For an informal conversation to find out more contact the transport team on 023 9284 1191.

Please share the above information with those who may be interested in this opportunity.

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