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PEP Bulletin

24 June 2021

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth celebrates your achievements in new campaign

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in their latest campaign: Teach Portsmouth celebrates. Colleagues from across the city showcased their amazing staff in planned social media content. From cleaners to teaching assistants and teachers to senior leaders, photos and videos were shared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the enjoyment of parents and carers everywhere.

If your school or college participated in the campaign, Teach Portsmouth is asking colleagues if they would like to feature in a special film to be shown at the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live. Consent forms can be downloaded in the campaign resource pack here. Please ensure all those who feature in the photo/video have given their consent. We are unable to accept consent forms signed on behalf of someone else.

Colleagues who missed the campaign can view a selection of images and videos on the Teach Portsmouth website now.

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Curriculum and CPD

The Sugarcane Boy sustainability programmes for schools

The Sugarcane Boy book club is an initiative of TriAtis Global Leadership to improve youth literacy in underprivileged commonwealth countries. These clubs are enabled by running sustainable programmes in schools in the UK.

25 book clubs are now being piloted in Mauritius with 1000 children and they are looking to twin each club with a city in the UK. Sugarcane is the oldest crop on the island and now produces energy, bioethanol, sugar, medical products, fertilisers, plates and straws. The immersive programme showcases the benefits of a circular economy using 'sugarcane' and the 'dodo' as analogy, both of which are from the island.

Partnering with schools in the UK allows the initiative to educate children, not just from Mauritius, about a sustainable future as well as prompting children to take the future of the world into their own hands.

The Sugarcane Boy was written by Alyssia A. Reddy during the first lockdown. Alyssia is the eldest daughter of Samuel T. Reddy and the youngest author of a British veteran in the UK. She is an award writer, school librarian and senior prefect and she speaks English, French and Creole. The book series is about a boy called Sam who discovers he has superpowers when consuming sugarcane.

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Phonics training opportunities with Springhill English Hub

These sessions will be facilitated by a member of the English Hub Team at Springhill English Hub and will run remotely on Zoom.

NQT and ECT (early career teacher) guide to phonics
This free training is an opportunity for NQT/ECT teachers to widen their phonics knowledge and will support preparation for September with phonics and early reading.

Choose from the following dates:

  • Tuesday 6 July, 4pm-5.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 July, 4pm-5.30pm
  • Tuesday 7 September, 4pm-5.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 September, 4pm-5.30pm

Making a strong start in reception year
This free interactive session will support you to prepare for the best start in September with phonics and early reading. It will lay the foundations for helping reception children become strong readers by giving advice for embedding effective phonics teaching right from day 1.

Choose from the following dates:

  • Wednesday 14 July, 4pm-5.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 September, 4pm-5.30pm

Induction for NQTs during the COVID-19 outbreak

If you have a newly qualified teacher (NQT) who is due to complete induction this term the DfE guidance on induction for NQTs during the coronavirus outbreak will be very useful reading. It sets out the extension to the regulations around absences during induction due to COVID-19 and highlights additional funding available to schools for this cohort of NQTs into their second year.

If you have any questions please contact

Family stories in schools and early years settings: Research by the University of Portsmouth

This nationwide research project is led by Dr Emma Maynard at the University of Portsmouth. The project is investigating the experiences of schools and settings in working with families where health and social care needs may be impacting the learning, behaviour, wellbeing and or safety of children.

The team is conducting interviews and focus groups during June and early July if you would like to contribute your experience as a teacher with any level of experience, head teacher, pastoral lead, early years practitioner or EY leader. The team are particularly keen to involve more secondary colleagues.

Please email to make arrangements.

The research team also invites schools and settings to join them to hear and debate their early findings. This is a free online event on Monday 12 July, 4-6pm. Sign up to attend the event here.

Celebrating 40 years of Art Space Portsmouth

Art Space Portsmouth are inviting people to join them as they finally throw open their doors again to celebrate their 40th birthday and be part of Ports Fest 2021 this summer. Their open studios will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July from 11am – 5pm.

Their artists have been working hard through COVID-19 and are ready to share their work. There is a strong community of artists, both at Art Space Portsmouth and off-site, working across paint, print, sculpture, installation, collage, assemblage, film and photography.

Art Space Portsmouth

Emotional health and wellbeing

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton (HIPS) child exploitation newsletter

The summer 2021 quarterly update for professionals from the HIPS child exploitation group has been published. The newsletter keeps professionals up‐to‐date with issues and progress discussed in the HIPS child exploitation meetings and flags up local and national campaigns.

Read now

Free teaching resources for RSHE module

The new PSHE module, ‘Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education’ (RSHE) now includes educating students about 'the science relating to blood, organ and stem cell donation’. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), in collaboration with Anthony Nolan and the support of practising teachers, have developed a range of free teaching resources to support schools to meet the statutory health requirement to teach students about donation. The resources are completely impartial and only focus on teaching young people the different elements of donation.

The teaching resources consist of two PSHE Quality Assured lessons, a science lesson and an assembly presentation and are designed to enable KS3 and 4 students (ages 11-16) to understand the importance of blood, organ and stem cell donation for individuals and society. There is also a separate webpage set up to showcase charity partner resources which cover a range of age groups from key stage 1-5 (ages 5-18).

Lurking trolls

Meet the Lurking Trolls!

An army of gruesome characters created to help children learn how to spend time online safely

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The internet should be a fun, safe space for children to explore, engage with friends and learn more about the world around them. However, we know all too well that this is often not the case and there are many forms of harm they may encounter online.

In response to the growing and changing dangers children face online, the Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships (LSCPs) in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton have launched the Lurking Trolls campaign. Designed for 7 to 11 year olds it aims to build digital resilience through books, cartoons and fun learning tools for children, teaching resources for schools, and information for parents and carers.

If you'd like to access the resources, order books for your school or organisation, or find out more about the campaign, please contact


LA updates

Local authority safety alert - roller blinds end cap

Sheffield City Council have issued a safety alert following a near miss incident where a child in a special needs school swallowed the end cap of a roller blind that had been removed by another pupil, causing them to choke.

Further details and photos of the roller blind in question can be found here.


Find out more about becoming a foster carer

We need more foster carers from diverse backgrounds to reflect the 381 looked after children and young people in our city. If you are 18+ and have a spare bedroom, then you can foster with us regardless of age, gender, faith, ethnicity, sexuality, marital or work status, or whether you rent or own your own home.

We're holding another online event for people living in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas who wish to find out more about becoming a foster carer. Held on Tuesday 29 June between 7-9pm, the event will provide a further opportunity to talk directly to existing foster carers and to hear first-hand about the rewards fostering can bring.

Join us to learn more about the positive impact you can make to the lives of Portsmouth's vulnerable children and young people.


EU settlement scheme

EU settlement scheme - time is running out

There are less than 10 days left to apply for the EU settlement scheme. If you’re an EU citizen and were living in the UK before 31 December 2020, you must apply by 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. Call 0300 123 7379 to speak to an advisor or apply online.

If you are an employer with members of staff who are EU citizens, you may wish to share these details within your organisations to ensure employees maintain the right to live and work in the UK.

Apply today

Scam aware

Are you scam aware?

Scams can affect anyone, so it’s important to know how to spot one. These are the key warning signs to look out for:

  • If it seems too good to be true
  • If it's unexpected
  • If you’re being urged to respond or pay for something urgently or in an unusual way 
  • If you’ve been asked to give away personal info

Check how #ScamAware you are with this quiz from Citizen's Advice. If you've been scammed you can report it online to Action Fraud, the UK's national reporting centre for fraud. You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Armed Forces Day ceremony

Join us on Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June to show support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community. Because of pandemic restrictions, the flag-raising ceremony is on a smaller scale and is invitation-only. But you can join in by watching a live stream on Portsmouth City Council's Facebook page from 10am on the day.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Frank Jonas, will be raising the Armed Forces Day flag and giving a speech. Join us to celebrate and show support for our hardworking services.

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The HR news information is located on the human resources Google homepage and maintained schools and any academy with an HR Traded Services agreement can access it here.  

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