PEP Bulletin w/c 17 May 2021

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20 May 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Flying Start year 11 transitions programme

Flying Start Portsmouth

The Flying Start transitions programme will take place from 21 June to 2 July 2021. A range of activities for year 11 pupils are being hosted by local post-16 education providers. The activities cover the following categories:

  • Young people who have not yet applied
  • Applicants with a provisional place
  • Parent information events
  • General interest/young people with a place
  • Young people who want a taster session.

Find out more

Get Inspired Goes Virtual

Get Inspired Goes Virtual business-led activities

Spaces are available on EBP South's ‘live’ business-led activities, including a Q&A panel, at Get Inspired Goes Virtual via Zoom. The free activities will take place virtually on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 June 2021 and are aimed at years 7-9.

This is a one hour event that allows you to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Inspire young people, ages 11-14, to consider different jobs and careers
  • Help young people to identify different career pathways
  • Engage young people with business throughout their city
  • Enable young people to recognise local businesses they could be working for
  • Support schools attending the event to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 4, 5 and 7.

To find out more or book a one hour slot, please email

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Upcoming changes to Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance


Message from Sharon Burt, CEO, Solent Academies Trust

In line with changes nationally relating to teaching schools, Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance will formally close at the end of August 2021. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all members of our teaching school team, who have worked in close partnership with colleagues across the city, contributing significantly to raising standards and improving the outcomes for children and young people through the impact of their work.

Schools should please take note of the following:

  • School direct ITT – our initial teacher training provision will continue under a new name Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance led by Lynn Nicholls, based at Cliffdale Primary Academy. Schools will see no change in provision. ITT lead contacts in school have been contacted by Lynn but if you have any questions please get in touch via
  • CPD – all scheduled programmes will run as advertised until the end of the academic year. Any questions, please contact Kelly:
  • Subject networks – these will continue to run under the auspices of PCC/PEP. Any questions, please contact Sophie: or Sarah:
  • SLE – all SLEs will retain their designation for three years and can be deployed through either the relevant curriculum hub or through HISP. SLEs have all been contacted separately.
  • NQT appropriate body – June Hutchinson will support all NQTs until the end of the academic year. She will contact schools with NQTs who are not due to complete induction by July to discuss necessary alternative arrangements. Any questions, please contact June:

Many thanks to all schools and colleagues for your continued support and collaboration.

Best wishes,
Sharon Burt
CEO, Solent Academies Trust

Is your school/college participating in Teach Portsmouth celebrates?

Teach Portsmouth

The Teach Portsmouth team can't wait to celebrate your school or college's achievements during a new campaign: Teach Portsmouth celebrates.

A few weeks ago, an information pack was shared with colleagues full of exciting ideas to celebrate your achievements safely with your students. You can still download the pack from the Teach Portsmouth website.

The team would like to know who is participating in the two week campaign by completing a Google Sheet. Your celebratory activity and social media post should coincide with the campaign date: 7 - 18 June. The Google Sheet will enable the team to share your efforts in upcoming marketing.

Colleagues are reminded to share a photo or video on your school/college's social media pages using the #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates.

Complete the Google Sheet

Recording of LA apprenticeship webinar now live

Local authority schools in Portsmouth can now watch a recording of the apprenticeship information session held by Sandra Wilkie, workforce development officer at Portsmouth City Council.

Those who were unable to attend the webinar will find the recording useful as training providers give details on their offer. Colleagues can take advantage of the apprenticeship levy in a variety of subject areas including teaching, management and administration.

With recent changes in funding for teacher training in primary settings, a new apprenticeship route is now available to fund teacher QTS. The webinar is designed for senior leaders, administrative or HR teams who oversee staff development and training.

The recording is now live on the Portsmouth Education Partnership to watch back. If you have questions concerning apprenticeships for your staff, colleagues can email

Watch now

Curriculum and CPD

Seminar on material science and engineering in the aerospace sector

Curio is a cutting edge science and innovation research seminar series for teachers, careers advisors, technicians and STEM ambassadors. The series provides an opportunity to hear from leading academic and industrial researchers about their work, its relevance today and for the societies of tomorrow. The seminars also highlight different careers in research and routes into them through the speakers own journeys.

STEM Ambassadors

Next in the series is a short online seminar from industrial researcher, Dr James Myers, on Wednesday 26 May 2021 from 3.15pm - 4pm. The seminar will focus on materials used in the aerospace industry – why do we build planes out of the materials we currently use and what will future aeroplanes be made of? It will also include a snapshot of James’s career route to becoming head of research and development at a global chemical manufacturer.

Find out more and register

#HampshireRE webinar series: Decolonisation and the Muslim traditions

The next #HampshireRE webinar takes place on Monday 24 May 2021 from 4pm-5.30pm. Professor Farid Panjwani will be speaking on the theme of ‘Decolonisation and the Muslim traditions’.

Recognising the complex and changing environment we are all teaching in today, Professor Farid Panjwani will enable us to consider and reflect on contemporary educational ideas and practices whilst making reference in particular to the Muslim contexts.

If you are teaching Islam at KS3 or KS4 this seminar will be invaluable professional development.

To book your place, email

Find out more

Hampshire secondary RE network meeting

The Hampshire secondary RE network meeting for the summer term will take place on Wednesday 16 June 2021 from 1pm – 4pm. This will be an interactive, virtual webinar meeting. Book your place via the Hampshire Learning Zone.

The meeting will cover:

  • Updates and detailed discussions on the developments for Living Difference IV ready for teaching from September
  • Updates and discussion of the national situation in schools, including Ofsted's recently published research in relation to RE
  • Reviewing and revising your key stage 3 curriculum for September 2021
  • Securing a broad balanced curriculum at KS4: what does the data say?
  • Updates from the boards for GCSE at KS4.

Community Learning Service

Upcoming courses and workshops at The Learning Place

Family Learning, part of Community Learning Service, will be delivering a variety of free family learning courses and workshops at The Learning Place during the summer term.

These will include:

  • Supporting your child with maths (course)
  • Parent power (course)
  • Science art and craft workshops

For further information parents are invited to check our website, contact The Learning Place or

Please share the information poster with your school communities via social media or send out a printed version and target any families who may benefit from this input.

Broccoli South Parade Pier

Portsmouth Music Hub launching Lettuce Sing!

PCEP Portsmouth Music Hub

Monday 24 May sees the launch of Portsmouth Music Hub's Lettuce Sing! This is a brand new collection of 10 songs, aimed at KS1 and 2, to celebrate the United Nations International Year of the Fruit and Vegetables 2021. Lettuce Sing! links in with a nationwide campaign from ITV and Veg Power to encourage children and young people to eat more vegetables: Veg Power - Eat Them To Defeat Them.

Lettuce Sing! celebrates fruit and vegetables and raises awareness of the importance of eating ‘five a day’. Songs include issues around food waste, fruit and vegetables from around the world and they encourage children and young people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Lettuce Sing

The songs and resources can be accessed freely on the Portsmouth Music Hub website.

Look out for eye-catching images of different fruit and vegetables “attacking” different Portsmouth landmarks each week linked to the 10 songs released over the next few weeks alongside Veg Power. The songs are also being used by schools in conjunction with Portsmouth Arts Network's Windows of Hope.

Association for Language Learning (ALL) Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub logo

The next meeting of the ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub will take place online on Monday 14 June at 4pm. The speaker will be Suzi Bewell, languages consultant and passionate advocate of integrating global culture into the curriculum.

To attend this meeting, please contact Liz Lord ( and you will be sent a meeting link.

Portsmouth Grammar School Philosothon

Portsmouth schools are invited to take part in a Philosothon on Friday 2 July 2021 from 9.30am-12pm. This will involve two philosophical enquiries and a break. Up to 10 schools with pupils from years 5-8 will collaboratively undertake the philosophical enquiries via Zoom. Questions will be generated from stimulus material based on the Ports Fest theme 'Remember, Reimagine, Reset' prior to the event.

Contributions will be scored by staff according to what evidence of the 4Cs of P4C are shown – critical, creative, collaborative and caring thinking. The main aim of the event is for pupils to enjoy reflecting, learning from each other and having the opportunity to dig deep into the questions asked.

If your school would like to take part, please contact

Emotional health and wellbeing

Navy deployments and the impact on our service children

You may have heard on the local news recently that aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Carrier Strike Group have left Portsmouth. This is a large Navy Deployment involving approximately 3,000 personnel. In Portsmouth we have approximately 1,000 service children in our schools and schools receive a service pupil premium for each service child that they have.

Do you know who your service children are? Have you considered what support you can offer children from service families?

Support for service children

Resources from the Naval Families Federation that you may find useful:

If your school wants any support, guidance or further resources please contact Alex Watts ( who runs Pompey's Military Kids (PMK), a support network for schools. You can also contact Caitriona Scully, senior educational psychologist at Portsmouth City Council (

PMK offers support via a schools Cluster Group as well as offering a range of activities such as termly trips or events for children, an annual service children sports day and opportunities to try out sailing supported by the Boleh Trust and others.

Pompey's Military Kids

ELSA in Portsmouth receives the National ELSA Quality Mark

ELSA Quality Mark

We are very pleased to announce that the Portsmouth ELSA Project has been awarded the National ELSA Network Quality Mark. The Educational Psychology Team have been running the ELSA project in Portsmouth for many years now.

ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) are trained to be able to support children to develop their social and emotional skills, focusing on early intervention. They can support children and young people with a range of issues such as recognising and managing their feelings, coping with difficult emotions such as anxiety or anger, developing their self-esteem or supporting their social skills through approaches such as 'Lego therapy'.

There are now nearly 90 ELSAs working in 43 schools across the city. The National ELSA Network Quality Mark recognises the quality of the training and supervision that we offer. We have continued to deliver online training and supervision throughout the pandemic and our training places for autumn 2021 are rapidly filling up when we hope to be able to return to face-to-face training!

Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion has said:

"ELSAs play an important role in the education system in Portsmouth, enabling children to manage their emotions so that they are better able to learn. The work ELSAs do is especially vital in this post-Covid world, where we have recognised more than ever the importance of emotional literacy and wellbeing in enabling us to cope with an uncertain world. They are helping children and young people in Portsmouth to 'bounce back' from the difficulties many of them faced during the pandemic and to move forward with hope."

If you would like to know about our ELSA work please contact Caitriona Scully (senior educational psychologist) at

Reporting of Prejudicial Language and Behaviour (PLAB)

Resources for the PLAB can now be found on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website. The page consists of the following:

  • Reporting form that can be used within schools to record an incident
  • Pupil surveys for key stages 1-4
  • A short (and amendable) guide for parents
  • Link to the monthly survey on Microsoft Forms
  • Dates for the monthly collection of data from schools

A short report will be generated on the returns at the beginning of June and at the end of the academic year. Thereafter it will move to a termly report. Thank you to those who have already submitted a return.

LA updates

Roadmap: step three

Let's take step three safely

Step three rules came in on Monday 17 May. We're allowed to meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors and meet indoors with family and friends following the rule of six or two households. We're also able to choose whether or not to keep a social distance from family and friends, as hugging is again allowed.

Continue to stay safe - follow Hands Face Space, let fresh air in and get tested regularly. Think about whether it's appropriate to get close or share a hug - who's had the vaccine and who has health conditions putting them a greater risk? Attend your appointment when offered the vaccine and use the NHS COVID-19 app to check-in at venues. Remember, limiting the number of people you're in close contact with, and for how long, will help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Step three

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