PEP Bulletin w/c 22 March 2021

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PEP Bulletin

25 March 2021

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Get ready to complete the Teach Portsmouth annual survey

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth has emailed all schools in Portsmouth to ask them to take part in our annual survey. The information that we are collecting is based on the academic year 2019-2020. It will help Teach Portsmouth gain a better understanding of how we can help Portsmouth schools recruit teachers, as well as informing future teacher recruitment and retention campaigns. The data collected will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside the council.

Colleagues are reminded that only one survey is to be completed and returned for each school.

In order to ensure we develop Teach Portsmouth to meet the needs of our schools, it is vital that as many schools as possible respond to the survey.

It couldn't be easier to take part. Click the button below and complete the survey before Friday 23 April 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact

Complete the survey

Curriculum and CPD

Musical inclusion survey for young people aged 11-25

Portsmouth Music Hub

A reminder that 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 musical provision, support and opportunities that young people would like to see and engage with, in Portsmouth in the future. Thanks to all who have already got involved.

We understand how busy everyone is right now. However, if you are able to share the survey with any young people (aged 11-25) who could complete it, their feedback would be really helpful. Thank you for your time. Please email if you have any questions or further comments.

Complete the survey

New NCELP (National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy) resources

A selection of new resources for classroom teaching and CPD are available from NCELP:

Funk Format - Step Your Way project

Despite the frustrations of lockdown, enthusiastic young dancers from around Portsmouth completed an exciting film documenting a creative exploration of the links between the 19th-century hornpipe dance steps, part of Portsmouth's maritime heritage, and popular dance of the modern era.

Step Your Way was selected to be one of only 14 projects from across the country to re-discover, re-imagine and re-create local heritage through creativity, and share their vision with their community.

Funk Format are looking for schools interested in inspiring their pupils to discover and explore Portsmouth local heritage in a creative way relevant to today. Sessions can be offered as a taster, a one-off or as part of a course and link with a national curriculum.

Interested schools should email

New Transition Chair for Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP)

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Jo Bushnell

PCEP are delighted to inform you that following an interview process last week, with representatives from Artswork, PCEP Steering Group, CEP Partners and PCC representatives (six in all), Jo Bushnell, Director of Aspex Gallery, has been appointed to the role of Transition Chair of PCEP, starting this week.

Jo is really passionate about the role of PCEP in our city and has lots of ideas, energy, enthusiasm and experience to drive PCEP forward, which is great.

Don't forget to follow PCEP on social media:

Twitter: @PortsmouthCEP
Facebook: @PortsmouthCEP
Instagram: @PortsmouthCEP

HISP Teaching School Hub webinars for headteachers and CPD leads

The DfE has accredited the HISP Teaching School Hub to support the training and development of teachers throughout their career by providing evidence-based programmes and qualifications.

HISP Teaching School Hub are inviting headteachers and CPD leads to join a series of webinars providing an overview of the core activities and an opportunity to ask questions.

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

Big Conversation - survey on policing and crime for young people aged 14-25

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The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission is launching its Big Conversation 2021, asking young people for their views on topical crime and policing issues. This year the focus is on hate crime, the exploitation of young people, for example through grooming and county lines, and serious violence, such as knife crime.

The Youth Commission acts as the voice of young people, informing and supporting Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, in his work and helping him to challenge the Chief Constable on areas that are of importance to young people.

Please share the survey link with young people aged 14-25.

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KS1/2 resources exploring dental hygiene

Public Health England have created Keeping Our Teeth Healthy, an engaging, curriculum-linked science lesson plan exploring dental hygiene. The resource introduces pupils to Tilly, a mighty molar who has turned into a troubled tooth and needs help making healthier dental choices.

These KS1 and KS2 PowerPoint presentations have been developed by teachers and dental experts. They also include a simple, fun science experiment which pupils can try at school or at home with their families.

Download resources

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton (HIPS) child exploitation newsletter

The spring 2021 quarterly update for professionals from the HIPS child exploitation group has been published. The newsletter keeps professionals up‐to‐date with issues and progress discussed in the HIPS child exploitation meetings and flags up local and national campaigns.

Read now

Kooth digital mental health support

Are pupils aware that they can access mental health support from Kooth?

It’s understandable that some children and young people might be struggling with the transition to being back in school. 11-18 year olds in Portsmouth who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing can access a free online counselling service, wellbeing resources and self-help tools from

There are lots of resources available to help signpost young people to Kooth, including posters which Kooth will send to schools free of charge. There's also social media and website content and a parent communication available for schools and colleges to help let students and parents know about Kooth.

Access the resources

Open to all schools - Pompey's Military Kids

Supporting children and young people from military families

PMK is a service pupil-centred support network that is accessible for all Portsmouth schools. The main objective for 2021 is to create a service pupil community across key stages through CPD and awareness of Service Pupil Premium and sharing good practice in every school.

We plan to provide regular city wide activities on a termly basis to ensure that all service pupils (approx. 1000) are being supported within their own educational contexts. We have achieved some funding from the MOD ESF to support this work.

All schools with service children are very welcome to join us, share ideas and benefit from access to wider service contacts. Email or for more details.

Pompey's Military Kids

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Neurodiversity assessment pathway project

Neurodiversity profiling pilot and training

Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Local Authority are working together with Portsmouth Parent Voice to produce a new assessment profile. The next training course in the new approach for profiling children's neurodiversity is coming up in May. Feedback on the training from the 31 schools and other partner organisations has been very positive so far.

Portsmouth is leading the way in this new innovative approach to understanding child neurodiversity. The research pilot is gathering pace and over 150 colleagues from across England are now watching the pilot with great interest. We are currently engaging with three universities and two other local areas (Berkshire and Kent) to bring more academic rigour into the research. More importantly, the feedback from families and professionals on the use of the profiling tool and resource pack is really encouraging.

Find out more

LA updates

Shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to stop from April

The government has announced that shielding advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable will change from Thursday 1 April 2021.

Information about children and young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including links to government guidance, can be found on the Local Offer website.

HAF Fun Pompey Easter activities

Portsmouth City Council is inviting children throughout the city to have fun this Easter and engage in the HAF Fun Pompey programme running from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 16 April inclusive.

The programme includes a wide range of activities and is designed for all school aged children from 4-16 years old. It is free to those who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM). Most of the programme is face to face with some brilliantly inventive remote opportunities too. All FSM participants will have food provided and there is a variety of tasty, nutritious options.


Spaces are limited and all face to face provision will be operating in COVID-19 appropriate bubbles. A webpage listing the partners and how to book to participate will be shared shortly. For any queries contact the HAF programme team:

Details of some of the remote activities available to book now can be found below.

Portsmouth Museums online Easter activities

Portsmouth Museums' are running a range of free family-friendly events. Those in receipt of free school meals will receive a five day lunch time hamper. Book by 29 March 2021.

Easter fun and food at home with The Salvation Army (ages 4-10)

Enjoy cooking lunches and dinners for three days with help from the healthy veggie characters. Plus get out and about with the spring treasure hunt, enjoy some Easter crafts and a few extra surprises! Families need to be in receipt of free school meals/low income.

Deliveries to your door during the Easter school holidays or collect from: The Salvation Army, Haven Community Centre, Lake Road, PO1 4HA.

Contact Major Andrea Still on 02392 293793 or Or contact via Facebook: Messy Church @ Portsmouth Salvation Army or Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army.

Good Grub Club Landport, Portsmouth, Wednesday 7 and 14 April

Abri will be running their free half term session virtually, providing online videos for you to follow along to create some tasty ‘good grub’ at home. Ingredients will be provided along with some exciting activities to keep you entertained!

Spaces are limited. To RSVP or for more details, contact or call 07764 309019 by Thursday 1 April.

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