PEP Bulletin w/c 15 March 2021

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17 March 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

EBP South Virtual Work Experience

EBP South launches virtual work experience for schools

EBP South has an exciting one-week virtual work experience programme for schools. The programme allows young people to have a work experience placement, learn about the industry they are interested in and take part in online projects.

Find out more

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

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live needs you!

Online nominations remain open for 7 award categories

Teach Portsmouth

The Teach Portsmouth team are asking senior leaders or a senior colleague in your school to nominate peers for the Teach Portsmouth Awards. Since moving the date to give colleagues more time, online nominations have greatly reduced. The awards will take place on Thursday 8 July 2021 via Zoom video conferencing. Categories include: 

  • Unsung hero award
  • Innovation in teaching award
  • Creativity award
  • Inclusion and diversity award
  • Community and collaboration award
  • Partnership award
  • Outstanding contribution award

The closing date for nominations online is Friday 7 May 2021. If you have not nominated a colleague in your school yet, please visit the Teach Portsmouth website as soon as possible. If you are unable to nominate or have problems accessing the form, please email

Without your nominations, the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live cannot go ahead. It's really important we recognise colleague's efforts during the pandemic but also celebrate teaching in Portsmouth as a whole.

Curriculum and CPD

Introductory workshop for secondary teachers on anti-racism in performing arts classrooms

Join Mezze Eade and Romana Flello from the RinD project for an introductory workshop 'Representation in the performing arts' on Tuesday 30 March 2021 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

Portsmouth music services 2021/22

Portsmouth Music Hub

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 2021 to ensure that arrangements can be made in good time for the start of the 2021/22 school year. For any queries please contact

Pastoral network meeting on effective transition support

The next pastoral network meeting will take place online on Thursday 30 March 2021, 4pm - 5.30pm, and will focus on effective transition support.

The pastoral network is a termly opportunity to meet with the following aims:

  • Continuing professional development for staff involved in providing and/or leading pastoral support in school
  • Sharing practical, evidence-based approaches and interventions from a range of schools including training from Sigma Teaching School and discussions between schools on relevant topics
  • Updates on the latest research and resource publications.

For more information email Julia Stewart:

Book your place

Portsmouth Music Hub - The Tasks of Hercules

A flexible musical for the summer term

An exciting set of songs to inspire, enthuse and inform your students. The songs are aimed at KS1/2 students, however confident year 2's and year 7's may enjoy getting involved.

There are many ways in which schools can be involved. Schools only need to learn a maximum of 5 songs, with all resources provided digitally at no cost.

The performance will be filmed in schools, which means no travel issues, no costs for parents and no rehearsals on the day.

The show will premiere on YouTube on Wednesday 14 July 2021.

For more information and booking details please visit the Portsmouth Music Hub website.


Free PSHE/digital literacy training

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, in partnership with YouTube, is offering free teacher training on the new Be Internet Citizens digital citizenship curriculum:

The interactive webinars will equip teachers with the context, tools, and materials to deliver the PSHE Association-accredited curriculum to students age 13+. Participants will receive a free copy of the resource and accompanying PPT and will be guided through key concepts and activities by the team of expert facilitators. Participants will leave the session empowered to develop their students’ media literacy, critical thinking and digital citizenship skills.

Be Internet Citizens is the UK's leading digital citizenship programme for schools, designed to support young people online by providing them with the vital knowledge and skills needed to become positive contributors to the digital world.

Emotional health and wellbeing

New bite-sized wellbeing resources

New curriculum-linked teaching resources from Public Health England are now available for teachers. Contents include:

  • Two new bite-sized curriculum-linked activities to support young people aged 11-16 to deal with worry and unhelpful thoughts
  • New resources to help young people build and maintain good connections, at a time when they need it most
  • A mind tool for teachers to look after their own wellbeing​.

Links to the resources can be found in the latest School Zone teacher newsletter.

New DfE guidance on online hoaxes and online challenges

The Department for Education (DfE), in collaboration with partners in the UK Council for Internet Safety Education subgroup and the Samaritans, has developed advice for schools and colleges to support their approach to harmful online challenges and online hoaxes.

Other education settings may also find it useful.

Read now

Free alcohol education virtual tour

Smashed logo

Be one of the first schools in the UK to experience the brand new Smashed live virtual tour, available to years 7 and 8 from 26 April – 28 May 2021.

This fully live, online theatrical experience features a full theatre performance and interactive workshop. The virtual tour is easily accessed by schools and students from home or school via a unique link. All you have to do is login at the designated time to take part. The one-hour session, delivered through Microsoft Teams covers:

  • The social and emotional causes of underage drinking
  • Its impact on young lives
  • Social influence and decision-making
  • Where and how to help yourself and others.

Smashed is free to schools thanks to sponsorship from Diageo GB, as part of their global commitment to reduce alcohol related harm in society.

Places are strictly limited and provided to schools on a first come first served basis. With only a few performances available, booking immediately is recommended to avoid disappointment. To secure a Smashed virtual tour performance for your school please email:

Find out more

Healthier Together surveys for professionals and parents/carers

Healthier Together logo

Healthier Together is running two simple surveys to gain feedback from both healthcare professionals and parents/carers on the Healthier Together programme.

Healthier Together is a website that supports families and professionals to give the right care at the right time by the right people. It is developed by professionals and families across Dorset and Hampshire to give consistent advice for families and consistent evidence-based pathways of care for professionals.

Complete the survey and share your feedback by clicking the links below:

Please share the survey links with colleagues and parents/carers.

Play, Youth & Community (PYC) Service update

A March update from the Play, Youth & Community (PYC) Service is available to read here.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

SEND Progression Fair 2021

Portsmouth College logo

Portsmouth College's SEND Progression Fair will be taking place via the online platform Google Meet on Wednesday 31 March 2021 from approximately 1pm to 2.30pm.

A variety of providers will be attending, including Lily & Lime, Creative Advances, Dynamite, Go Create Care, The Apuldram Centre, Make and Chaos Support.

This event will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions and gather information from local organisations that provide services for adults and young people with learning disabilities once they leave education.

Students and parents/carers can register for the event online.


NASEN, the National Association for Special Educational Needs, is a charitable organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.

Membership is FREE and provides access to an excellent wide range of resources and support for all members.

Bearing in mind that every school leader is a leader of SEND, a recording and presentation slides from the recent webinar on 'The graduated approach at the heart of distributed leadership for SEND' can be accessed via the SEND gateway.

SEND parent and carer survey 2021 - deadline extended

The deadline for responses to this year's survey has been extended to midnight on Sunday 21 March 2021.

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 the survey link below with your school/college/setting community.

Take the survey

SEND survey

Inclusion Outreach Service central training offer

Inclusion Outreach Service

The Inclusion Outreach Service's updated central training offer can be viewed here and includes the following new course:

  • Stories for social understanding - 5 May 2021, 3.30pm - 5pm
    Course code: SCH/21/20

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

LA updates

Inclusion capital grants for mainstream schools

Portsmouth City Council is pleased to be able to offer mainstream schools the opportunity to annually bid for one-off capital grant funding of up to £10,000 to enhance the physical accommodation on the school site, enabling the school to more effectively meet the needs of children with additional needs.

This forms part of a five year SEND / alternative provision accommodation strategy to support specialist school places across both mainstream and special schools.

Applications need to be submitted by Friday 30 April 2021.

If you have any questions please contact

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Materials available to support at home rapid coronavirus testing

The Department for Education (DfE) has made available additional resources to support schools with their communications as young people move to testing themselves at home.

The materials include:

  • a poster for pupils
  • an introduction to rapid self-testing for coronavirus
  • lateral flow device (LFD) self-test four step reminder guidance
  • a leaflet on swabbing yourself for coronavirus
  • a leaflet for parents – a guide to regular testing for parents with children at nurseries, schools and colleges.

Download resources

Sharing information about vacant posts: focus on teaching assistant posts and specialist roles

A number of schools have asked if the council can support with recruitment for teaching assistant posts, in particular specialist roles where the TA may need skills and experience in meeting particular needs (e.g. SEMH).

If this is something that would be helpful, a location could be created on the PEP website for schools to share information about vacant posts.

Please let us know if this is something you would find useful by contacting

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