PEP Bulletin w/c 3 May 2021

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6 May 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Latest news and updates from Unloc

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

  • The Unloc team are back out in action across the country
  • Young Entrepreneurs Challenge Winner tells all about his experience during the competition

  • Young Portsmouth Changemakers gather for Council of Portsmouth Students (CoPS) forum
  • and more...

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live - Update

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Download resource pack for #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates

Teach Portsmouth is asking schools and colleges in Portsmouth to join a city wide celebration for all staff from 7 - 19 June as part of a campaign called: Teach Portsmouth celebrates.

We're asking colleagues to participate in an organised activity to recognise the achievements of teachers, teams and leaders in their school or college before the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live.

As part of the campaign, colleagues are being asked to share an image or video on social media that shows what you've been up to using the hashtag #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates.

To support the activity, Teach Portsmouth have put together a resource pack which contains ideas on what you could do as well as further details on the campaign.

Find out more

Award nominations close on Friday 7 May

Colleagues are reminded that nominations for the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live close on Friday 7 May. If you are yet to nominate a teacher, support team or leader, there is limited time left.

For more information on what categories are open, please visit the awards section of the Teach Portsmouth website. If you are unable to nominate or would like to discuss your options, please email

Nominate today

Curriculum and CPD

Invitation to the launch of Dance Live! 2022

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It is with great pleasure that The Guildhall Trust, the charity that runs and manages the Portsmouth Guildhall, invites you to the launch of Dance Live! 2022 on Thursday 27 May 2021 at 5pm.

The launch will be a chance to introduce you to the exciting event, what they've have been up to over the past year during COVID-19, celebrate the schools who have taken part and share the exciting plans for Dance Live! 2022.

Dance Live!

This is your opportunity to meet the team, find out what Dance Live! is all about, and meet other schools/colleges/teachers that have participated and the supporters. It will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and find out how you can get involved!

Click the button below to view the invitation. If you would like to attend the launch please click the link within the invitation and fill out the short responses by no later than Thursday 20 May.

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Opportunities for 25 young people to work with a professional composer

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Portsmouth Music Hub has been awarded funding through the Cultural Recovery Fund for 25 young people to work with a professional composer this term to write a song or rap expressing their feelings, thoughts, emotions and response to the pandemic and living through lockdown.

Full details are available on the Portsmouth Music Hub website.

Each young person will receive a filmed version with professional arrangement and recording of their music.

To discuss this further, please call 02392 375655 or email

Portsmouth Music Hub

Emotional health and wellbeing

Better Health Every Mind Matters resources

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), Public Health England are updating their Every Mind Matters resources to help conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.

Digital resources including posters, social media assets, conversation starters and activation guides will be available to download from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre.

There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. Every Mind Matters can get you started with a free NHS online plan, showing you simple steps to help manage anxiety, sleep better and boost your mood.

In addition to the Every Mind Matters mind plan there is a wealth of content which includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people.

"Don't Do It Alone" mental health lesson plan

With Mental Health Awareness Week coming up (w/c 10 May), now is a timely opportunity to speak to students about their wellbeing. Kooth have created an interactive lesson plan for you to download and use to engage your students in a conversation about mental health.

The lesson plan is part of the “Don’t Do It Alone” campaign, designed to encourage open conversations around mental health so children and young people know they are not alone with their struggles. “Don’t Do It Alone” is designed specifically for young people and some of the biggest stars on social media appear in the campaign video which accompanies the lesson plan.

Access lesson plan resources

Kooth Don't do it alone

LA updates

May school census - Thursday 20 May 2021

LA deadline is Thursday 27 May. Please ensure that you meet this deadline to enable the detailed post-census data checking reports to be created and sent back to you. These reports will help you to validate your data to ensure its accuracy. If you cannot submit on time please contact us ASAP. Academies that purchase EIS SLA, please send a copy of your school census to the LA via SSE and inform us by emailing when you have done so.

All schools must have an approved return on COLLECT by Wednesday 16 June. Please be aware that DfE may still require your school to make changes to your census after this date.

A familiarisation blade is currently available for schools to check that the required data is being passed from your MIS to COLLECT and if any validation errors or queries are generated against your school's data. This blade will close at 4pm on Friday 14 May. The DfE has issued guidance stating that if uptake of the familiarisation blade continues to be low they will be looking to undertake a consultation about the future of the familiarisation blade service.

For further information please call 023 9284 1078 or email

New vaccine campaign resources available

Public Health England (PHE) have released new 'Join the millions' assets for the COVID-19 vaccine campaign encouraging the public to join the millions already vaccinated against COVID-19.

Download the assets from the PHE website.

Join the millions

Shape the future of Somerstown

How can your school help us shape the future of Somerstown?

We want your staff, pupils and wider school community involved as we put together plans for the deconstruction of two tower blocks in Somerstown and the redevelopment of the area. We are deconstructing Horatia and Leamington Houses, in Meriden Road and Earlsdon Street, and planning a major housing development in their place.

We know that each school will want to be involved in the design work we're doing in different ways. We'd just like to ask you to get in touch with us and let us know what you'd like us to do to draw you into the process. We'd like to support you, and your school community, to be involved in any way that you'd like to.

You can watch a video to find out more.

If you'd also like to nominate somebody from your school to join the Horatia and Leamington Community Panel then we'd be delighted to have you on board.

The panel is a group of local residents, businesses, schools, resident associations, charities, organisations representing vulnerable people and other interested Portsmouth people who have been meeting monthly, with the design team, since March, to help us to plan for the future of the area.

To join the panel or to find out more about any of this - call panel chair and development delivery manager Mary Devaney on 023 9284 1791 or email

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