PEP Bulletin w/c 10 May 2021

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PEP Bulletin

12 May 2021

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth presents career progression in teaching

'Grow your own' with Teach Portsmouth's next webinar

If you have a colleague who would like to move up into a teaching role, Teach Portsmouth's next webinar on career progression will be an important first step.

Schools and colleges are reminded that those looking to progress in their role are invited to attend on Wednesday 26 May from 4pm to 5pm. Two teachers from Portsmouth will share their expertise alongside webinar host, Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement and early years at Portsmouth City Council.

Colleagues can participate in a live Q&A too. To register, visit the Teach Portsmouth website today.

Find out more

Curriculum and CPD

Applications now open for Coding Success programme designed to help teachers boost coding and robotics skills

Coding Success is a new programme designed to excite 8-14 year olds about STEM, providing teachers with engaging curriculum-linked lesson plans and free Lego kits for your classroom.

Fully funded by BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, Coding Success offers 600 non-selective state schools the opportunity to take part - fuelling the passion of young people and encouraging the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians.

There are 300 primary and 300 secondary school places available. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis against criteria to ensure a good regional spread and encourage participation from a wide range of students.

Schools that sign up will need to attend the online training, deliver the six lessons to 60 students and complete the programme evaluations.

Applications close on Friday 28 May 2021.

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HISP Research School science modular programme

HISP Research School logo

HISP Research School's multi-day science modular programme offers practical evidence-based recommendations relevant to all pupils, particularly those struggling with science.

The six-module programme aims to support science leads to:

  • Reflect on their current science curriculum
  • Identify school / phase / department priorities
  • Understand how the key recommendations from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) guidance report can be used to address priorities
  • Plan for effective implementation

The programme costs £195 per school and is aimed at KS2 science leads, KS3 science leads and heads of science. The programme will take place online between 9 June 2021 and 14 July 2021.

Find out more and register

Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme

The EdTech Demonstrator Programme was developed by the DfE to ensure schools and colleges across England could access free, expert advice on educational technology. The programme is now entering its second year and has evolved from crisis response to offer support to schools and colleges in developing digital strategies which make effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

A national event on 25 May 2021 will provide further information on the importance of digital strategy in addressing the educational challenges of the next few years.

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May half term hockey

A hockey come and try day is being held on Wednesday 2 June 2021 from 10am - 3pm.

Sessions will be delivered by qualified coaches from Portsmouth Hockey Club, with separate sessions for children in years 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8.

Where: University of Portsmouth sports pitches, Furze Lane
Cost: £5

To book a place please email

Emotional health and wellbeing

Jumping into secondary school

Kooth Year 6 to Year 7 transition workshops

You may already be aware that children and young people can access free, safe and anonymous counselling on as well as a range of self-help resources, forums and wellbeing activities. The site is available in Portsmouth for 11-18 year olds, find out more about Kooth here.

As part of their offer, Kooth is able to provide free Year 6 to Year 7 transition workshops. We appreciate that this transition is likely to be especially difficult this year. The workshops are bespoke according to the needs of the young people taking part. If you would like this for your school, please get in touch with our Kooth Engagement Lead for Portsmouth, Karen Dawber at If it isn't possible to facilitate a live/virtual workshop then a recorded session is also possible.

Kooth Mental Health Awareness Week activities

Kooth resources for Mental Health Awareness Week

Kooth, the online wellbeing service, have resources available to help your school mark this Mental Health Awareness Week. If you're looking for some resources to use with your students this week or beyond, be it for PSHE, tutor time or for a wellbeing session, there are Mental Health Awareness Week activities and digital posters available. There are also:

  • Kooth podcasts: listen to Kooth's guided meditation as a class activity, meditation is a great way to relieve stress and build resilience. Podcasts relating to nature and mental health week are available or choose another from the list.
  • Kooth mini activities: Kooth's mini activity guides are a great way to incorporate self-care into everyone's routine. Young people can have direct access to these at or why not do one together in class?

Mental Health Awareness Week video on the theme of nature

The Portsmouth Mental Health Support Team (MHST) have produced a short video on the theme of nature for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

The video gives hints and tips on ways to use nature to support mental wellbeing, including connecting, taking notice, giving back, keeping learning, and being active.

Watch now

MHST Mental Health Awareness Week video

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

nasen continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) webinars

During May, the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) are delivering 14 CPDL webinars on topics such as 'Understanding severe and/or profound and multiple learning difficulties'.

Keep up to date with nasen’s online training by downloading their handy new training calendar. In this easy downloadable PDF you will be able to plan your CPDL training and pick and choose which webinars suit your learning needs the most.

Download training calendar

Upcoming courses from the Inclusion Outreach Service

Inclusion Outreach Service

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 book your place via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.

For a full list of courses offered by the Inclusion Outreach Service visit the Local Offer website.

LA updates

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ)

The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is due to launch in November 2021 and some vehicles that travel through it would face a daily charge. These include non-compliant taxis, private hire vehicles (PHVs), buses, coaches, and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that:

  • Do not meet Euro 6 emissions standards (so are Euro 5 or older) if they are diesel
  • Do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards (so are Euro 3 or older) if they are petrol

Since you might use coaches to make trips for your school, it's important that you're aware that older, more-polluting buses and coaches would have to pay a charge of £50 per day to travel through the zone.

We encourage you to speak to the coach company you'd normally use to make them aware of this charge, as they may be able to use a cleaner, greener vehicle for your school. This will also ensure that children and young people are exposed to less air pollution.

Find out more

Reminder to staff and families to apply now for the EU settlement scheme

We're asking schools to remind families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021. We have provided a blurb below that can be included in your school newsletter. There is a leaflet, social media graphics and a video that might be useful to share. You may also wish to share these details with staff to ensure they maintain the right to live and work in the UK.

If you’re an EU citizen and were living in the UK before 31 December 2020, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June. You may need to apply for your children even if you've already applied for yourself. There is support available if you need help with your application. You can find out more about the scheme and contact the EU settlement resolution centre online or over the phone by calling 0300 123 7379.

Find out more and apply

Virtual fostering recruitment event

Find out more about becoming a foster carer

Foster Portsmouth are holding their spring online event for people living in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas who wish to find out more about becoming a foster carer. The virtual event, which falls during Foster Care Fortnight (10-23 May), will be held on Tuesday 18 May between 7-9pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to a social worker as well as existing foster carers themselves, to hear first-hand about the rewards of fostering.

Foster Portsmouth need to recruit more foster carers to support some of the 381 looked after children in Portsmouth. While a spare bedroom is crucial, it doesn't matter whether an applicant rents or owns their own home. Our foster carers also come from all walks of life and, regardless of their marital and working status, age, gender, ethnicity, faith or sexuality, they all share the same commitment and motivation to make a positive difference to a child's life. 

Could you or someone you know open your heart and home to a vulnerable child in Portsmouth?


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