PEP Bulletin w/c 19 April 2021

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PEP Bulletin

22 April 2021

If you have information to be included in the next issue of the PEP bulletin, please send your text, image and link by Tuesday at 12pm to

Could you be the next independent chair of the PEP Strategic Board?

The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) is seeking to appoint a part time independent chair, over a two year period initially, in order to provide supportive leadership for continued education improvement in Portsmouth as we begin to move out of the pandemic.

If you are interested in chairing the PEP Strategic Board please reply by Friday 7 May 2021 and set out on no more than two pages why you would be suitable for this position. Replies should be sent to Sarah Christopher at

For an informal discussion please ring Alison Jeffery, Director of Children, Families and Education (tel: 023 9284 1201) or Mike Stoneman, Deputy Director, Education (tel: 07947 532648).

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Preparing for study, work and life

Portsmouth: A Young Changemakers City

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Unloc is launching an exciting new project which is fully funded by the Ellis Campbell Foundation. They are looking for five Portsmouth secondary schools to take part in a three year project seeking to better embed democracy into school life. The project has four key strands to it:

  • Creation of a localised toolkit of resources for tutorials and citizenship
  • In-school whole day events for a year group at a time
  • An open-access incubation programme for young leaders over the course of four weekends (two cohorts a year)
  • Ongoing support for embedding democracy into school life more generally.

If you would like your school to be one of the five to take part, or want a more detailed overview of the project, please click the button below.

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Latest news and updates from Unloc

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Unloc's latest newsletter is now available. Updates include:

  • Assistant headteacher shares experience of Unloc's Leadership Academy and Bootcamp
  • Creating and designing second Power Series event @ Changemaker Studios
  • Two new skills for the world of work e-courses available on
  • The art of helping young people in Rwanda build a brighter future.

Read now

Building a better future

Building a better future: exploring the circular economy with LEGO bricks

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has teamed up with the LEGO Group to host a fun and interactive online learning event for 13 to 18-year-olds. The one-hour event will be live-streamed via YouTube on Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 2pm and hosted by the Foundation’s circular economy experts and members of the LEGO Group team.

The session will focus on the importance of harnessing creativity in the transition to a circular economy — a new way to design, make, and use things that’s better for people and the planet. Pupils can register individually or teachers can register on behalf of their class.

While the session will utilise LEGO bricks, it can also be enjoyed using junk modelling or even just paper and drawing materials. A limited number of LEGO sets are available to Portsmouth schools for use in the session, which schools can keep afterwards. To request a set please email


Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live update

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Only three weeks left to nominate superstar colleagues!

If you haven't nominated a superstar teacher, support team or leader in your school or college, your time is almost up.

There are only three weeks left to nominate your colleagues in the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live. Online nominations close on Friday 7 May 2021. Without your nominations, the awards would not be possible. Nominate a superstar colleague today!

Nominate your colleagues

Your chance to recognise all school staff in new campaign

We recognise that everyone has gone above and beyond this year. To ensure everyone receives recognition for their efforts, Teach Portsmouth is encouraging schools and colleges to take part in a new campaign: #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates.

This two week celebration from 7 - 19 June gives schools and colleges the opportunity to recognise their staff through organised activities. The Teach Portsmouth team will be providing schools and colleges with an information pack w/c 3 May which provides ideas for activities as well as information on sharing a photo or video moment on social media using the hashtag #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates. Until then, please help us by nominating your staff in the main awards by submitting your application online now.

Last chance to complete the Teach Portsmouth Annual Survey

Teach Portsmouth

Colleagues are reminded that if you haven't completed the Teach Portsmouth Annual Survey just yet, there's still time. The survey will allow Teach Portsmouth to better understand teacher recruitment and retention in the city, helping inform future campaigns.

Please complete the survey by Friday 23 April 2021. The information you provide is completely confidential and will not be shared outside of Portsmouth City Council. Please ensure one person from your school/college completes the survey only.

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New funding option for teacher QTS explored in upcoming webinar

Portsmouth City Council is inviting senior leaders and HR teams to learn more about apprenticeships that fund teacher QTS for local authority schools at an upcoming virtual information event.

Local authority schools are set to benefit from this new funding option after the DfE made changes to how teacher training is funded in 2021/22 for primary settings.

The apprenticeship team are inviting colleagues to attend a webinar on Tuesday 4 May 2021 from 4pm - 5pm.

Colleagues can register their interest as well as learn more about apprenticeship options on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website today!

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Curriculum and CPD

CPD event on the educational engagement and achievement of boys in Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth outreach team will be running its first CPD event in partnership with Beyond Equality on Thursday 29 April 2021 from 2pm - 4pm. The event will focus specifically on the educational engagement and achievement of boys in the city, and they would be delighted if local secondary staff could join them.

It is a free event, with the costs of facilitation being absorbed by the university. Spaces are limited but it is a new and exciting opportunity for collaboration in Portsmouth.

For more information and to reserve a place please email Kimberley Skinner directly at

Subject network meetings

Please share this information with all subject leads in your school.

The dates of subject network meetings scheduled for this term are available at the link below. If you would like further information on any of these networks please contact the network leader.

Full details and joining instructions can be found on the PEP calendar.

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The Royal Society's online Summer Science Schools programme

Join The Royal Society on 8 and 9 July as part of the Summer Science Schools programme, supporting teachers in bringing the forefront of science research into their classrooms.

Sessions and workshops will provide younger students with an insight into science research and those making it happen.

Summer Science Schools Programme

Students aged 16-18 will have an opportunity to take part in online 'meet the researcher' sessions. Secondary teachers can book for their class to find out about some of the big questions in science and meet the researchers trying to answer them. They will have the opportunity to pose their own questions to the scientists via, finding out more about their research and their careers.

Find out more and book

CURIO - Cutting edge science and innovation research seminar series delivered by STEM ambassador researcher

STEM Ambassadors

This short seminar series gives STEM teachers and careers leads an opportunity to hear from leading academic and industrial researchers about their work, its relevance today and for the societies of tomorrow.

The seminars will also highlight the different careers in research and routes into them through the speakers own journeys. Topics include:

  • Making noise about sound (Thursday 29 April 2021, 3.15pm - 4pm)
  • Material science and engineering in the aerospace sector (Wednesday 26 May 2021, 3.15pm - 4pm)
  • Discovering dementia (Wednesday 30 June 2021, 3.15pm - 4pm)

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Changes to induction for early career teachers from September 2021


As you will be aware, induction for early career teachers is changing from September 2021, and the DfE guidance has now been published. This guidance will come into effect from 1 September 2021.

Colleagues are encouraged to read the DfE’s updated ECF guidance, which explains the different options for accessing the ECF, and the funding available.

If you have any questions please contact

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Outdoor learning update from Hampshire Outdoors

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The latest outdoor learning newsletter from Hampshire Outdoors is now available.

The theme is water, and it is packed with ideas and resources to support outdoor learning across the curriculum. This could be both in your school grounds and local area, as well as further afield now that schools can take part in school visits and UK residential visits should happen from 17 May. As always, Evolve will be used to keep you updated.

Do keep Hampshire Outdoors posted of your outdoor learning adventures and feel free to send news and photos that can be used in the newsletter. If there are particular themes or areas you would like covered in future editions, or if there are people within your school / organisation who wish to receive a copy direct to their inbox, please email

Please circulate this newsletter to other colleagues.

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Consolidating the evidence base for MFL curriculum, pedagogy and assessment reform at GCSE: an investigation of teachers’ views

A report has been published outlining the findings of a survey undertaken by the University of Oxford and University of Reading into teachers' views about the rationale for teaching languages and the proposed changes.

Read the report

STEM Education Teacher Scholarship 2021-22

King's College London is offering the STEM Education Teacher Scholarship worth up to 70% of 15 students' tuition fees. The scholarship is available to students studying on the MA in STEM Education programme who are working in a state-funded school in England (e.g. comprehensive, academy, free school).

This includes primary, secondary and FE-levels. They should be a specialist teacher in: science, mathematics, computer science, design & technology or geography and have been teaching for a minimum of six months on application. Applicants from those currently completing PGCE programmes will not be considered.

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Emotional health and wellbeing

Unhealthy relationship and domestic abuse session for years 9/10/11

A lesson to look at healthy and unhealthy behaviours in relationships and the signs of domestic abuse is being offered for free to all secondary schools in the city.

The lesson is delivered through Safer Portsmouth Partnership's Is This Love campaign and is being offered during the summer term. It can be delivered socially-distanced on site or online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Resources include a presentation (delivered by Chantelle Knight, PHSE Development Framework Officer at Portsmouth City Council), pre- and post-lesson plans and a scratch-card quiz.

Watch a short video of Chantelle explaining more on the Safer Portsmouth Partnership website and sign up using this sign-up form.

Harassment, consent and sexual violence resources from Bold Voices and Our Streets Now

Portsmouth City Council recently received a message from Bold Voices and Our Streets Now - two organisations who provide resources and workshops for schools on harassment, consent and sexual violence.

Alongside leading organisations who work in this area, they have put together an open letter asking local authorities to support schools and signposting to resources which tackle these issues. The list of resources continues to be updated and added to.

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Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) education conference 2021

The Children's Society (TCS) are offering schools and colleges the opportunity to take part in a free Young Carers in School (YCiS) conference on Thursday 29 April, 10am - 5pm.

Sessions include:

  • Lockdown through the young carers lens: hear from young carers
  • What easy steps can schools and colleges take to improve life chances for young carers
  • Q&A with young adult carers: what they wish staff knew. What would you like to understand from young carers?
  • Mental health programmes for young carers
  • Open forum: recovery from COVID-19 / F&HE / future developments.

To register your interest, please email

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership revised threshold document

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The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership has published a revised version of the Portsmouth thresholds document. This is guidance for all practitioners in working together so that families in Portsmouth have access to the right support at the right time.

The document has been updated to include a new section relating to children with disabilities (section 10, pg. 7). The indicators of need table has also been amended to include descriptors for children with disabilities and/or complex needs across all tiers of need.

Please share the new document with colleagues as this is the version that MASH will be using. If you have a previous version stored, please delete this and use the new version which is now available on the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

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Kooth wellbeing presentations

The last year has been stressful for everyone, especially young people, so it's very timely that April is Stress Awareness Month. If you would like any presentations on the Kooth mental health and wellbeing service for young people to tie into this, please do get in touch via These are free and are being done virtually at the moment.

If this isn't possible, there are free short pre-recorded presentations on Kooth, as well as a short pre-recorded live tour of the Kooth site for young people. These can be shown during tutor time, PSHE sessions or assemblies.

School age child health resources

St John Ambulance ‘first aid’ lesson plans (KS2-4)
New learning pathways and lesson plans designed to support first aid teaching requirements as part of health education in schools. They are free to access and recently awarded the PHSE Association Quality Mark. Access the resources here.

Exploring the link between physical and mental wellbeing
Year 6 and KS3/4 lesson plans that consider self-care actions to support physical and mental wellbeing – whether by getting active, eating well or getting good quality sleep. Access the resources on the Better Health/Every Mind Matters website.

‘Being safe’ and teaching RSHE to pupils with SEND
The Department for Education have published two new training modules as part of the suite of guidance around teaching relationships, sex and health:

Sexual abuse in schools: NSPCC helpline
The Department for Education has announced a new helpline to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings. The NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663.

Reminder to register for 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, 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.

Schools wishing to take part must register at the link below by Friday 23 April.

(Please note: when asked for a pack code, select "I don't have a pack code, please allocate resources to our school" and Veg Power will make sure you are allocated one.)

Register now


Complete the CERAF or CSERQ4 survey

In September 2020, local safeguarding children partnerships across the HIPS areas published the new Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework (CERAF) and the updated CSERQ4. These are for professionals in the following health settings: emergency department staff, opticians, condom distributers, paramedics/ambulance service, dentists, GPs/out of hours service, pharmacists, and 111 service.

To gain an understanding of professional knowledge and use of either the new CERAF or the CSERQ4, the safeguarding partnerships have a launched a short survey for professionals. Feedback from the survey will support the ongoing evaluation and development of the tools, associated guidance and training packages.

To complete the survey, please select the relevant link: 

The survey closes on Monday 3 May 2021.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

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.

A full list of courses offered by the Inclusion Outreach Service can be found on the Local Offer website.

LA updates

Everyone's Invited website

Please click the link below to read a letter from Alison Jeffery, Director of Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council and Maggie Blyth, Assistant Chief Constable (Local Policing) at Hampshire Constabulary about action associated with the Everyone's Invited website.

Read the letter

Private fostering

Private fostering

During the current pandemic, many people have had to make changes to their home and living circumstances. This may be as a result of protecting those shielding in their household or making difficult decisions as keyworkers to remain separate from family members. There will be children who have needed to be looked after by someone who is not their parent or a close relative such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle or step-parent by marriage.

If they are likely to be there for more than 28 days, this could be a private fostering arrangement and the local authority need to be legally notified.

If you're aware of a child in this situation, please contact our fostering team on 023 9283 4071 or email

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Flying Start Live

We are working with the colleges to put together a two week year 11 transition programme starting on the 21 June 2021. Details of the offer will be shared at the Careers Network meeting on Wednesday 28 April at 3.30pm.

We hope that all secondary schools can be represented at the meeting.

Careers leads have been invited but schools are welcome to contact to ensure other relevant staff are included.

PEP calendar

The PEP calendar contains dates of events, network meetings, conferences, training and workshops taking place in Portsmouth.

To help make the calendar as useful as possible for everyone, colleagues and partners are encouraged to regularly add relevant dates that you'd like to share. If you're scheduling your own event or training, you can check availability on the PEP calendar to avoid potential clashes with other events.

To add a date to the PEP calendar, simply forward your meeting invite to and it will be added automatically.

Please note that the email address should only be used to add items to the PEP calendar. All queries regarding the Portsmouth Education Partnership should continue to be sent to

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