PEP Bulletin w/c 5 July 2021

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PEP Bulletin

8 July 2021

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PEP summer conference

It was good to see so many at the PEP conference on Friday, an inspirational and forward thinking conference focusing on areas that matter to all of us. Frances Soul, the new independent chair for the Partnership was really impressed by what she heard and saw and is very much looking forward to working with us in her new role. Thank you to all of those who contributed to the sessions and the discussions.

There was an amazing and magical moment in the conference where delegates got the opportunity to join in 15 minutes worth of Michael Morpurgo addressing 2,500 year 6 children in Portsmouth about his latest book "Boy Giant" - a retelling of Gulliver's travels replacing Gulliver with Omar, a young refugee.

The resources and presentations from the conference are available on the PEP website. If you have any questions about the resources or issues accessing them please email

Preparing for study, work and life

Latest news and updates from Unloc

Unloc logo

Unloc's latest newsletter is now available. Updates include:

  • 'Unloc-ing potential during COVID' video series
  • Unloc student voice celebration
  • Hills Road Sixth Form break Social Action Week records
  • Unloc Enterprise Day at Westminster Kingsway College
  • Radweb Enterprise Day at Northern Parade School

Read now

Royal British Legion President’s Award Scheme

The President’s Award Scheme can provide educational grants and scholarships to the children of serving and ex-service non-commissioned ranks up to university age. One-off grants of up to £500 are available to help pay for course fees, public transport costs, text books, course equipment, specialist clothing and more.

Alongside the grants, scholarships are available for applicants who are going to university and aged 21 or under. A continuation application is required each year and is accepted up to age 23. Up to £1,500 per year can be awarded to service children going to university to study for their first undergraduate degree; usually awards are made to help with accommodation costs.

The awards are decided by committee who look at the individual circumstances of each applicant. The committee meets tri-annually in January, July, and September.

Find out more

Latest updates from EBP South

EBP South

EBP South's latest newsletter is now available to view online. This issue includes:

  • Update from Richard Kennett, CEO of EBP South
  • Businesses in Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Test Valley develop their recruitment pipeline by working with secondary school students
  • Students return to in-person placements
  • Business collaborate for early years STEM careers
  • Careers conference - a positive future.

Read now

Early years

10 top tips for starting school

With over 2,000 children due to start school in Portsmouth in September, local teachers and pre-school staff have developed '10 top tips for starting school' for parents and carers to help their children to develop key skills over the summer, ready for year R in September.

Please signpost your families to the website for ideas and support for each tip:

10 top tips for starting school
  • I am independent - I can go to the toilet, wash my hands and blow my nose all on my own. I can eat my packed lunch by myself, even undoing the wrappers! And I can put on my own coat and do it up
  • I can run, jump, climb and move around confidently
  • I can confidently communicate and make my needs known to other people
  • I can join in with activities and sing rhymes and songs
  • I can listen and take turns in a conversation
  • I can share books and talk about the pictures and storylines
  • I can draw and make marks with pencils, crayons and pens and use scissors safely
  • I can concentrate on something that interests me and carry out an activity
  • I can take turns and share with other people
  • I am excited, curious and enthusiastic about learning in my new school!

Information for parents and carers about how to help their child with each skill can be found at

Leadership, recruitment and retention

"Congratulations to every single one of you!"

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live logo

I wanted to take a moment of your time to let you know how grateful I am for your efforts to support children, young people and families this year. While the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live recognise colleagues and their efforts in 9 categories, I want to congratulate and thank every single one of you for the way you have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.

Alison Jeffery

I want you to know how thankful we are for your immense efforts - you should all be applauded for what you have done. As we move towards the end of term I wish all of you a very restful, well-deserved break.

I look forward to celebrating the achievements of the award winners on Thursday evening, and thinking of all the brilliant work done by all of you in such testing times. Thank you!

Alison Jeffery, Director, Children, Families and Education

Download the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live programme now

The Teach Portsmouth team can’t wait to celebrate your achievements at the awards ceremony on Thursday 8 July from 5pm. If you haven't registered yet, click here to do so.

A digital awards programme has now been published on the Teach Portsmouth website ahead of the awards ceremony. Please use the contents page of the accessible PDF to jump to the category you need. If you have colleagues celebrating with you, feel free to share this information with them.

A limited run of physical programmes have been sent to schools and colleges who have been shortlisted. These will be arriving on Wednesday. These have been addressed to the attention of the head teacher. Please circulate these copies to those who have been recognised as a memento of the evening.

Download programme

Curriculum and CPD

The Salterns Academy Trust confirmed as sub-regional lead for HISP Teaching School Hub

HISP Teaching School Hub

The Salterns Academy Trust will be sub-regional lead for the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth Teaching School Hub (HISP TSH). The HISP TSH was designated by the DfE in February 2021 to support teachers’ professional development at all stages of their career.

The HISP TSH will deliver this through evidence-based programmes of support and qualification, centred around five core functions:

  1. Initial teacher training (ITT) – linked to the Hampshire SCITT Partnership, providing support to trainees and early career teachers (ECTs).
  2. Early career framework (ECF) – as a delivery partner of the Education Development Trust, transforming the support and development offers for teachers at the start of their career.
  3. Appropriate body (AB) – supplying AB services to meet the needs of our region across all phases and settings (N.B. all schools that offer a statutory induction are required to have an AB for their ECTs).
  4. National professional qualification (NPQ) – as a delivery partner of the Education Development Trust, providing a reformed suite of NPQs to teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice.
  5. Continuing professional development (CPD) – working alongside Curriculum Hubs and the HISP Research School, delivering high-quality evidence-based programmes.

As sub-regional lead, The Salterns Academy Trust will work with HISP TSH to deliver the golden thread of teacher development, specifically tailored to meet the needs of the schools and teachers within our geographical area. In addition, the trust will host events on behalf of HISP TSH, HISP Research School and the Solent Maths Hub.

This is a new and exciting opportunity for all schools within this region to benefit from expert advice.

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

RNLI water safety education resources

The effect on the body of entering water 15°C and below is often underestimated. This shock can be the precursor to drowning. The RNLI have produced information on cold water shock, including tips on what to do if you enter the water unexpectedly, and how to minimise the risk of cold water shock if planning to enjoy the water.

There's also a suite of teaching ideas and materials to help engage young people with essential and lifesaving water safety lessons in schools and youth groups.

Please share these resources with families ahead of the school summer holidays.

Download resources

Fun new activities from 10 minute Shake Up

Are you looking for fun ways to keep your class moving at the end of term? Inspired by characters from Disney's Frozen, Disney and Pixar's Toy Story and Marvel’s The Avengers, Public Health England's 2021 Shake Up toolkit contains fun and flexible bite-sized activities to help pupils enjoy getting active in the lead up to the summer holidays.

These exciting 10 minute Shake Up activities can be used at any point in the school day to encourage pupils to get the recommended level of daily physical activity (at least 60 minutes per day). They can also help you deliver the new relationships education and health education curriculum.

There is also a sharing with families toolkit to help you inspire families and the wider school community to Shake Up throughout the summer with new family games launching soon.

Download toolkits

Clare's Law e-learning course

Created by Hampshire Police and Portsmouth City Council's Children's and Families Service, this course gives an overview of Clare's Law and how it can be used to help protect people from domestic abuse.

This course contains information about Clare's Law including how the law came about, how it works and who can use it. There are also links to support that is available, but please remember if there is an immediate emergency to call 999.

The objective is to have a basic understanding of the following:

  • How Clare’s Law came about
  • Information about Clare’s Law
  • How to apply
  • Who can use Clare’s law
  • The process and timeline

The course is available on the Portsmouth Learning Gateway, course code PCC 21/0552. After logging in, select the eLearning tab, search for the course and select 'take this course'.

Portsmouth Young Carers Service update

Electronic referral form
To make the referral process easier and more accessible Portsmouth Young Carers Service have launched an electronic referral form. If you identify a young carer in your school/college who would like the service's support, please complete the online form with them.

This information can also be shared with other professionals, parents/guardians or the young carer if they would prefer to make the referral.

Secondary school and college young carers questionnaire
Portsmouth Young Carers Service would be grateful if those working in secondary schools and colleges could take a few minutes to complete their secondary school and college young carers questionnaire. Young carers are completing a similar survey. The findings from both will be used to develop the service's work with everyone during the next academic year.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Survey: Preparing for adulthood for young people with SEND

The SEND Code of Practice in 2014 talks about preparing for adulthood from the earliest years to support young people with SEND to move into a positive adult life. Preparing for adulthood thinks about aspirations and outcomes that support the following four pathways:

  • Employment
  • Friends and relationships and being part of your community
  • Independent living
  • Good health

Portsmouth City Council have asked the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) to help with a review on how well young people with SEND, and their families, are being supported around preparing for adulthood. An anonymous survey has been created to capture views from parents/carers and help improve outcomes for young people with SEND as they move into their adult lives.

Complete the survey

LA updates

Share your views on behaviour in schools

Teachers and school staff are invited to share their views and policies on managing good behaviour, ahead of planned updates to government guidance later this year on behaviour, discipline, suspensions and permanent exclusions.

The six-week consultation seeks views on how schools maintain calm classrooms, the use of removal rooms and creating mobile phone-free school days, among other measures.

Share your views

Brief surveys: Inclusion Outreach Service and emotional health and wellbeing support

We are seeking your views and feedback to inform our planning for next year.

Pleased complete these two short surveys on the training, support, advice and resources available by Friday 16 July.

Safe clubs

Tips for choosing a safe club for your child

To help parents and carers choose a safe setting for their child when doing activities outside of school, we have put together some questions to ask providers, as well as positive signs to look out for when choosing a setting.

Please share this information widely with families ahead of the summer holidays.

For top tips, a helpful video, example questions and the full guidance, parents and carers can visit

See tips

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