PEP Bulletin w/c 7 June 2021

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PEP Bulletin

9 June 2021

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth presents

Grow your own with Teach Portsmouth's latest webinar

If you have colleagues interested in stepping up into a teaching role, Teach Portsmouth's latest webinar on career progression is now available to watch. Teaching is a rewarding career that offers plenty of opportunities to develop and grow.

Two teachers who work in Portsmouth gave their expertise on career progression, sharing their own experiences of moving up in early years and secondary settings. While the webinar encourages those to consider progression into senior roles, each webinar is a fantastic first step into the profession.  

Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement and early years at Portsmouth City Council hosted the webinar. If you have staff who are considering their next steps, colleagues can share this fantastic resource now.

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Get ready for Teach Portsmouth celebrates

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Schools and colleges across the city are celebrating their staffs achievements in Teach Portsmouth's latest campaign. Senior colleagues are being encouraged to take part in Teach Portsmouth celebrates which gives everyone the chance to be recognised during the lead up to the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live.

So far, Highbury College, Arundel Court Primary Academy, Miltoncross Academy and more have shared inspirational images using the hash tag #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates on social media, praising their staff for their efforts. If you would like ideas on what to do as well as more information on the campaign, a resource pack is available to download.

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Curriculum and CPD

Portsmouth Arts Network Windows of Hope showcase

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The Portsmouth Arts Network is inviting Portsmouth schools to take part in a summer arts initiative, Windows of Hope. The theme embraces what we see growing in the garden, who we see through our windows as well as what we hope for in the future. The theme is very flexible which will hopefully enable you to engage your students easily. Students can create pieces of art, photography, dance, drama or music exploring this theme.

Pieces can be submitted until Monday 28 June.

Windows of Hope

The Windows of Hope showcase will premier live on YouTube and Facebook Live on Monday 19 July at 6.30pm.

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Dance Live! 2022

The Guildhall Trust recently held the launch event for Dance Live! 2022. If you were unable to attend, you can watch a recording of the event.

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There has already been a large number of registrations for Dance Live! 2022 and the deadline for registrations is Friday 24 September 2021 at 5pm. The registration form and Dance Live! 2022 information pack are available on the Portsmouth Guildhall website. The registration form can be accessed directly here.

The competition heats will take place from Monday 7 February to Sunday 13 February 2022 with finals taking place on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 May 2022. More dates may be offered if there is a high uptake of registrations.

Dance Live!

SEND school digital concert

A live-streamed concert will take place on Tuesday 15 June, 11.40am – 12.30pm, made in partnership with Portsmouth Music Hub and Devon & Torbay Music Education Hubs. Including members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Resound, this 13 piece ensemble with conductor is programmed to inspire and revisit well-loved pieces of music.

Lasting about 50 minutes, this concert is presented with speech and Makaton, introducing instruments to give an insight into orchestral instruments.

Portsmouth Music Hub


  1. J.S. Bach - Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  2. Saint-Saens - Fossils
  3. Saint-Saens - Aquarium
  4. Tchaikovsky - Danses des Cygnes
  5. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10, 2nd Movement
  6. Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers
  7. Tchaikovsky - Russian Dance
  8. Wagner - The Ride of the Valkyries
  9. Binge - Sailing By
  10. Bernstein - Mambo (West Side Story)

How to sign up
To sign your school up, please book here and complete the survey by Thursday 10 June at 6pm. Once signed up, you will be informed how to access the concert on a password protected page on

Arts Council England cultural education guides for governing boards

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Arts Council England has published new cultural education guides for governing boards. The music guide can be read on the Arts Council England website.

Dr Darren Henley OBE Chief Executive, Arts Council England:

"Cultural education subjects encourage pupils to express themselves, to build confidence and to develop creative thinking skills, unlocking young people’s potential and preparing them to succeed in life. Schools remain the single most important place where children can access great cultural experiences… We hope these resources will inspire you to develop your understanding of how cultural education subjects can change the lives of children and young people and that they will support you in your role."

Opportunity to take part in 'Refocus' project

Ports Fest

Schools are invited to take part in a ‘Refocus’ project. As all the city's educational establishments have remained open for learning over the last year, young artists have had to contend with making art in a more isolated way. To bring this work together, a small number of buildings, galleries and institutions have agreed to screen art pieces as projections across the city. This work reflects how artwork and learning was reset, as a more digital exercise during the pandemic.

As Portsmouth emerges from lockdown, the team are looking for images to be exhibited at Ports Fest (2 - 4 July). Whether this is a photographic image, painting or sketch, they welcome all 2D submissions to remember what made an impact on us over the last year and reflect on how we are moving forward today.

Original artwork from Kikaaya College School in Uganda who also went through lockdown will be showcased as well. They are 'Partners in Learning' with The Portsmouth Grammar School.

If you are interested in taking part please email Fiona Nicholson at

Digital submissions of artwork should be sent to by Tuesday 22 June.

NQT CPD sessions


In light of the ongoing uncertainty around the emergence and spread of new COVID-19 variants, the decision has reluctantly been made to hold the final NQT CPD sessions via Zoom to keep all staff as safe as possible. The sessions will take place on Thursday 24 June.

For full details see the flyer. Those wishing to attend should register online via the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance website. June Hutchinson looks forward to seeing you, virtually, on the day!

If you have any questions please contact

Ofsted curriculum research review: languages

Ofsted have published their research review findings into pedagogy and curriculum organisation for successful languages teaching. The review emphasises the need for strong school leadership, excellent subject-specific CPD and increased curriculum time to support languages from KS2 onwards. Read the full review here.

Association for Language Learning (ALL) Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting

A reminder that the next ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting will take place on Monday 14 June at 4pm. Full details of the meeting can be found here.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth Young Carers Service presentations

Portsmouth Young Carers Service have created two young carers student presentations for staff to use in school or college. One is suitable for secondary schools and colleges and the other for junior schools. Both develop students' awareness and understanding of young carers, their responsibilities, the impact these have and the support available to them. The presentations can be adapted to include information about the young carers support that your setting provides.

Please let the service know what you and the students think about the presentations using the email address below.

Portsmouth Young Carers Service would also welcome ideas from practitioners in the infant phase, regarding the most appropriate way to share this information with this age group. Would a simplified PowerPoint presentation or interactive activity to use with classes or small groups be more appropriate?

Statistics show that 1 in 8 young carers are 10 years old or younger, so it's really important to get this right for younger children.

Contact details:
Young Carers Education Link Worker: Mandy Watters

Rescheduled young carers schools network meetings

The young carers schools network meetings, originally planned to take place this week, have been rescheduled to the following dates:

  • Secondary/college young carer network meeting: Tuesday 29 June 2021, 3.45pm - 4.45pm
  • Primary young carer network meeting: Wednesday 30 June 2021, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

This term the meetings will focus on how to identify hidden young carers and supporting young carers' transitions.

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Free Lets Talk Relationships and Sex Education webinar

This RSE Day (Thursday 24 June), Solent Sexual Health Services are running a free webinar for those working in secondary education settings. The webinar will introduce participants to the localised Lets Talk Relationships and Sex Education programme (LTRSE), designed specifically for eligible secondary schools in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight. The webinar aims to:

  • Introduce schools to what is covered in the programme
  • Support you in identifying students who may be at risk of poorer sexual health outcomes
  • Support you in having conversations with decision makers and parents about the programme
  • Answer queries related to this offer
  • Raise awareness of other free RSE resources and support available

This webinar is strictly limited to staff working in education settings providing key stage 3 and key stage 4 curriculum, to ensure providers can be supported more fully. Places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

For any queries please contact

Find out more and register

Kooth webinars

For professionals
As we head towards the end of the academic year, this is the last call for Kooth professional webinars. The Zoom sessions provide an overview of Kooth alongside a live tour of the site, demonstrating the features which can support children and young people with their emotional health and wellbeing.

Any child or young person aged 11-18 in Portsmouth can be signposted to Kooth. Kooth can support a young person should they be placed on a waiting list, not meet thresholds for support or as an additional support alongside other services. There are no referrals required as young people can sign up themselves in less than five minutes and it's completely free.

We are particularly mindful of the summer holidays and the need for young people to know they have a means of support during this break, especially those who will have the added worries of exam results or those in year 6 who are moving schools in September. If you want to know more about Kooth's features or to be able to signpost young people to this support, please see the dates and sign up details.

For parents/carers
Kooth is holding free information sessions for parents and carers in June and July. The Zoom sessions are designed to help parents/carers understand how Kooth can support their child with their mental health and wellbeing. Each session includes: a presentation on Kooth (including what to consider when wanting to have a conversation with young people about how they're feeling), a live tour of the site and a Q&A opportunity.

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New online inter-agency contact form (IACF)

Colleagues from a number of agencies - working on behalf of the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership - regularly look at the application of threshold in the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) including establishing a view on the quality of contacts made to the MASH. The most recent audit activity indicated that there is multi-agency improvement work required to further improve the quality of contacts to enable safe decision-making at the MASH.

An online inter-agency contact form (IACF) has been designed to support the ongoing improvement work with the overall aim to:

  • Improve information sharing
  • Speed up the process for all involved
  • Improve accessibility for all professionals

After rigorous testing and consultation the online form is live and ready to be used by everyone who contacts Portsmouth MASH. The form replaces the old Word document and should be used in every scenario when contacting Portsmouth MASH. When an IACF is submitted, the output will be sent to

The guidance for completing an IACF is still exactly the same. The sample IACFs are written on the old Word documentation but can still offer learning and guidance in terms of what information to include. Further information, guidance and support can be found on PSCP website.

Support from School Pastors

School Pastors offer volunteers from a range of churches across Portsmouth, aged 18-80, including local university students, young professionals and grandparents. They are here simply and purely:

  • to be a friendly and familiar face ready to listen to children and staff on the highs and lows of life
  • to care about matters both serious and trivial, and
  • to provide non-judgemental encouragement as you go about your day. 

Each volunteer is supported by a training programme which includes modules on roles and responsibilities, safeguarding, active listening, mental health and youth cultures. This is backed up by a robust application process and DBS checks, and an employed team of office staff and on-the-ground coordinators.

While Street Pastor colleagues, with the support of Safer Portsmouth Partnership, PCC and Police & Crime Commissioner, have continued to patrol parts of Portsmouth over the past year, they have been waiting in the wings for the green light to return to schools. They want to work with any secondary school in the city from September to build a team of local visitors who can be that extra pair of listening ears and smile each week, whether during walks around the playground at lunch time or through more structured 1-2-1 or group (light) mentoring.

To talk about how School Pastors can start to build a team with your school please contact Visit the website for more information and videos of their work.

Get ready for the launch of Beware of Lurking Trolls

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The PSCP wrote to schools in April to let them know that the Beware of the Lurking Trolls online safety campaign was coming. They are excited to let you know that the campaign is now launching and primary schools will receive these resources in the week commencing 21 June. With the aim of building digital resilience among 7-11 year olds, there is a vibrant children's book, Peril of the Possessed Pets, a website full of fun resources, helpful information for children and their parent/carers, as well as a host of resources to support teaching around a range of issues children may encounter online, including:

  • Bullying and the impact of our own behaviour towards others
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Crime and exploitation
  • Online impersonation and grooming
  • Radicalisation
  • Propaganda and fake news.
Lurking trolls

Schools will receive enough printed copies of the book for each child in year 4 and will be able to access other resources via We hope you and the children in your school enjoy entering this world of lurking trolls and that these grisly characters open up important conversations about online safety at school and home.

If you have any questions please email

LA updates

COVID-19 research

Public Health Portsmouth is looking to conduct research with residents who are hesitant to get the vaccine or reluctant to get tested and follow self-isolation guidance. The insights from this research will help to inform local campaigns. There will be no judgement or repercussions for people expressing these views.

Anyone selected to take part in a focus group or interview will be reimbursed for their time. Anyone interested in taking part is asked to complete a short survey.

Your assistance in promoting to your school community, including staff, via your social media channels/website/newsletter would be much appreciated.

You could share posts from:

Or use the pre-written Facebook and Twitter posts available here.

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