PEP Bulletin w/c 14 June 2021

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PEP Bulletin

17 June 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Developing vital employability skills

Portsmouth schools are invited to find out more about the Skills Builder Partnership which brings together over 800 schools, colleges, employers and organisations around a common approach to building eight essential skills. The approach supports the development of future employability skills. It is underpinned by a progression framework which breaks down skills like teamwork, listening and problem solving into teachable steps.

The Accelerator is the flagship programme is available for primary and secondary schools and colleges. A limited number of funded programme places are available and the deadline for applications is Friday 2 July.

For secondary schools and colleges this programme will support the iCAN programme and can be uploaded to My Global Bridge. The programme has also been designed to support primary schools in developing a careers programme.

Information sessions
Skills Builder are offering two short webinars via Zoom for interested schools:

  • Primary webinar: Wednesday 23 June at 3pm
    Zoom link | Meeting ID: 931 0287 8902 | Passcode: 024946
  • Secondary webinar: Wednesday 23 June at 3.30pm
    Zoom link | Meeting ID: 967 1602 9428 | Passcode: 010945

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live

Register online for the virtual Teach Portsmouth Awards Live

Teach Portsmouth are inviting colleagues to register for the virtual Teach Portsmouth Awards Live. The event is taking place on Thursday 8 July from 5pm. Celebrity host, Reverend Richard Coles will be joining us for an evening of celebration and reflection as we recognise the achievements of teachers, support teams and leaders in 9 award categories including the brand new people's choice award.

Due to COVID-19, this year's event will be streamed through Zoom video conferencing. Colleagues are encouraged to share celebratory photos and videos on Twitter during the event using the hashtag #TPA21.

The Teach Portsmouth team are manually reviewing those who sign up to attend. If you do not receive an email confirmation straight away, please be patient while the team confirm who you are. You can register here.

Curriculum and CPD

Language learners in new year 7

In September, secondary colleagues will be receiving bright and shiny new year 7s, undoubtedly nervous and anxious but also ready to learn and to take their next steps in language learning.

To ease pupils into their learning and give them the best start, it's helpful if language teachers in secondary schools receive from their partner primary schools some information about the language learning in key stage 2.

A transition toolkit for French, Spanish and German has been put together by ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) in association with the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the British Council. This is a great starting point for the sharing of information.

Outdoor learning update from Hampshire Outdoors

Hampshire Outdoors logo

The latest outdoor learning / Trailblazer newsletter from Hampshire Outdoors is now available. It has a raft of ideas to support you in taking learning outside the classroom, as well as signposting to free resources. With the lovely weather currently, there is no better time for outdoor learning in your school grounds and local area!

Don’t forget the freely accessible Trailblazer website also has lots of ideas and resources to further support you.

Please feel free to share these resources with colleagues who are interested in outdoor learning.

If you need any further help or advice, please contact

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Phonics reading leader workshops

Springhill English Hub are facilitating a free four-part course which will be an opportunity for reading leaders to plan for the upcoming school year with growing confidence and expertise. The workshops will be run remotely on Zoom.

  • Session 1: Thursday 24 June, 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Session 2: Thursday 1 July, 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Session 3: Thursday 16 September, 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Session 4: Thursday 30 September, 4pm - 5.30pm

Who should attend?
Headteachers and reading/phonics leaders or English leaders with an interest in ensuring effective leadership of phonics in their school. (Maximum two staff members per school).

Book now

Phonics training for year 3 teachers

Phonics training is being offered for year 3 teachers to ensure that phonics continues to be effectively planned, assessed and progress made. The session will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 14 July at 1pm.

If you think your year 3 teachers would benefit from this training then please sign up via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway (course code SCH/21/25).

Find out more

Portsmouth Black History: Recovering untold stories for new generations

The Port Towns and Urban Cultures group at the University of Portsmouth are hosting a Portsmouth Black History event on Saturday 17 July, 9.30 - 4pm. It will be an opportunity for community representatives, educators and public history professionals to share knowledge and experience. The event will include:

  • Opportunities to network and collaborate
  • Talks by guest speakers on aspects of Portsmouth's Black History
  • Displays and resources from Portsmouth's leading museums and archives, community heritage projects, and research from the University of Portsmouth
  • Opportunities to share experience and workshop towards new ideas and initiatives which will enhance Portsmouth's Black History provision, not just in 'history', but all subjects including the creative arts, literacy, citizenship and STEM
  • Live music from Terrell the Poet.

Registrations close on Friday 9 July at 12pm.

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Imagine Portsmouth competition

Imagine Portsmouth summer creative challenge

To celebrate the unveiling of Portsmouth's city vision, the Imagine Portsmouth project is challenging people of all ages in the city to get creative and capture the spirit of the city - through a picture or poem.

Schools are invited to take part or help spread the word about the competition to families in the city, through their newsletters, websites or social media channels. A resource pack for schools containing example newsletter and social media posts and graphics can be downloaded here.

Children, young people (and adults!) can enter photographs of Portsmouth or poems about the city into the competition throughout the summer, so it's an ideal activity for the summer term and into the summer holidays. Entries can be submitted online via the Imagine Portsmouth website.

The competition closes on Sunday 5 September and the winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges from across the city. The winners will have their work showcased online and there will be prizes for the winners of each category.

Mastering Number programme for primary schools

Mastering Number is a large-scale nationwide programme for teachers of pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2, designed to help children embed good number sense.

It is a new programme offered in 2021/22 by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Maths Hubs Network. It aims to develop solid number sense, including fluency and flexibility with number facts, which will have a lasting impact on future learning for all children. It also involves high quality professional development for teachers.

Lead teacher participants (teachers of reception, year 1 and year 2) form local work groups of up to 40 schools, with each work group led by a teacher experienced in early maths, and in leading professional development in their Maths Hub area.

The Mastering Number project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and is free to participating schools.

Applications should be sent to:

For questions or further information please contact:

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Mathematics World Cup

The inaugural free Mathematics World Cup, which was developed in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education, is underway. Schools from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK, Ireland and more countries have started competing to reach the top of the global leaderboard.

Schools have until Friday 25 June to complete the free 30 minute mathematics, movement and mindfulness session in your classroom of 7-11 year olds. Don’t let your students miss out on the chance to represent their country, have mathematical fun, and win the trophy.

Find out more

EMAS reading session

EMAS are leading a session on behalf of the EAL national association, NALDIC, and have an interesting programme lined up about reading.

The first half of the session has a focus on EAL pupils and reading, with local schools sharing good practice from the classroom, specifically looking at reciprocal reading and close reading. The session will then look at how books can be used to deal with community issues and strengthen links in the school and the local area, especially when considering the anti-racism agenda.

The meeting will take place remotely via Zoom on Tuesday 22 June, 3.30pm - 5pm. You will need to register in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please do not share your personal joining link with colleagues as this only allows one login at a time.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth Young Carers Service

The Children's Society and Carers Trust recently held a Supporting Young Carers in Schools conference. The conference shared information about:

  • Two projects that Carers Trust have carried out to support the mental health needs of young carers and young adult carers, with free practical ideas for schools and colleges to use
  • The Supporting Young Carers in Schools programme which both charities have created for schools and colleges to use to develop their provision for young carers
  • Young adult carers, with an opportunity to hear two young adult carers speaking about their experiences as an adult and when they were younger.

Recordings of the presentations and useful information are available on the Young Carers in Schools website.

The Portsmouth Young Carers Service continues to accept referrals and offers a range of support to young carers who live in Portsmouth and all professionals supporting them. This includes a wide range of free, individualised training opportunities. Please email for more information.

Contact details:
Young Carers Education Link Worker: Mandy Watters

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training dates announced

MHFA England logo

It has been a parliamentary vision of this country to see all schools trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, through the MHFA England globally recognised qualification. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic this was in the process of rolling out across Portsmouth schools.

With lockdown restrictions easing and life venturing somewhat back to normality, the course can now be offered again. This is fantastic news at a time when we have seen such a huge rise of young peoples' mental health affected in the last 18 months.

The YMHFA course looks at recognising, understanding and supporting the mental health of young people - as encountered within the educational setting. The course takes an in-depth focus on the following areas of mental health as experienced by young people:

  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders

Split over two full days, the course usually costs £300 per person. For schools within the PSHE traded service, this cost is heavily subsidised to £50 per person, per school. For schools outside of the traded service, the course is still substantially subsidised at a cost of £100 per person, per school.

The next available training dates are Friday 16 July and Monday 19 July.

There are 12 spaces available on a first come first served basis. YMHFA courses will continue to run throughout the next academic year and schools can join a waiting list.

For enquiries, or to reserve your place, email your interest to PSHE Framework Development Officer Chantelle Knight at

For more information on the Portsmouth PSRHE traded service offer click here.

Substance use training sessions for secondary teachers

Two virtual training sessions are being offered to support teachers to feel more confident to deliver drug and alcohol sessions within their PSHE. Sessions are available on the following dates:

  • Thursday 24 June, 3pm - 5.30pm
  • Monday 5 July, 3pm - 5.30pm

The training will be delivered by Karen Monteith who currently works for DASS (Drug and Alcohol Support for Young People) and has previously delivered substance sessions to young people and held the title of lead of PSHE in Portsmouth.

By the end of the session, teachers will have the confidence to raise questions and manage conversations safely. They will also have access to resources and tools required for age appropriate delivery and know where to signpost if there are concerns raised within PSHE.

Please email with your name(s), school and preferred date.

Good sleep routines

A session on improving sleep will be led by Amber Adams, lead practitioner at St Paul's Catholic Primary School, via Zoom on Wednesday 30 June at 2.30pm. Amber will share the school's journey in supporting sleep routines with parents and children.

Zoom details
Time: Jun 30, 2021 02:30 PM London
Join Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 812 1198 4094
Passcode: 156062

LA updates

Asymptomatic and symptomatic testing leaflet for parents/carers

An updated version of the leaflet for parents about testing and what to do if someone in the household has symptoms of coronavirus is now available.

A simple diagrammatic format has been used to make it easier for parents to understand.

Download flowchart

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