PEP Bulletin w/c 6 September 2021

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PEP Bulletin

9 September 2021

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Curriculum and CPD

Portsmouth Football Club mascot competition

The University of Portsmouth have once again teamed up with Portsmouth Football Club with a fantastic opportunity for year 5 and 6 pupils across Portsmouth. This year’s theme: spread a bit of kindness. To be in with a chance to win, pupils need to design a poster to show ways of being kind to each other.

Prize includes:

  • The opportunity to be a mascot for a home game
  • Tickets to the game at Fratton Park for one adult and one child.

The deadline for entries is Monday 18 October 2021.

How to enter:

For any competition enquiries, please contact:

Outdoor curriculum leader training

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's outdoor curriculum level 3 training enables you to develop and deliver outdoor learning sessions linked to the national curriculum.

Learning outside of the classroom offers children and young people of all abilities and backgrounds opportunities to gain confidence and holistic skills through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local green spaces.

This LASER accredited in-depth training course is an exciting opportunity to learn from the highly experienced, inspirational learning outside the classroom (LOTC) accredited team of outdoor educators.

The course starts on 10 January 2022.

HIWWT have also written a blog post on outdoor learning and nature connection.

Find out more

Free after-school ensembles for young people

As a new year of exciting musical opportunities begins, Portsmouth Music Hub is offering free after-school ensembles for young people.

There is a variety of groups catering for vocalists and instrumentalists around the city:

  • Wind band: Saturday 9.30am - 10.30am at Fairfield Infant School (woodwind, brass and percussion)
  • Young voices: Monday 5.15pm - 6pm at Lyndhurst Junior School (singers)
  • Portsmouth plays: Wednesday 4.30pm - 5.15pm at St. John's Cathedral Catholic Primary School (woodwind, brass and strings)
  • Rock bands: details TBC
Portsmouth Music Hub

Rehearsals begin the week commencing 13 September. For more information, please contact

We would be very grateful if schools could share this information with any pupils who may be interested, or disseminate to parents via your usual communication systems.

What the Dickens!

What The Dickens! A Christmas musical based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol

What The Dickens! is a specially commissioned musical from Portsmouth Music Hub retelling the famous Dickens classic. It is aimed at KS2 students, however confident year 2s and year 7s may enjoy getting involved.

There are different ways in which your school can be involved. The performance will be filmed in schools, which means no travel issues and no costs for parents.

The show will premiere on YouTube on Thursday 16 December 2021.

Schools are also invited to take part in a special live performance of the musical on Thursday 9 December at St. Mary's Church, Fratton at 6.30pm. Places will be limited per school.

All resources will be provided digitally at no cost. There is a planning meeting on Wednesday 29 September at 4.15pm on Zoom for all schools wishing to participate.

Book now

Emotional health and wellbeing

World Suicide Prevention Day

Learn to 'talk about it' this World Suicide Prevention Day

Friday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year, the Portsmouth Mental Health Alliance is asking everyone to learn how to talk and listen to someone who may be at risk of suicide.

Anyone can now sign up to a free 20-minute e-learning module from Zero Suicide Alliance which helps to build skills and confidence in how to:

  • See the warning signs that someone may be thinking about taking their own life
  • Learn how to say the right thing and that it's okay to use the word 'suicide'
  • Know where to signpost a person to for appropriate help - taking them to hospital or sharing information to find the right support.

Whatever you’re going through, call the Samaritans free anytime, from any phone on 116 123. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you would prefer to text, support is available from SHOUT, the 24/7 UK text service for people in crisis, on 85258.

Learn more

Victim Care Service

The Victim Care Service is funded by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner and is delivered by the national charity Victim Support. The service provides free, confidential support to residents across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and their aim is to empower people to move beyond crime, in a way that suits them.

A series of short animated videos have been created to help people find out more about the service.

Watch now

LA updates

Advisory librarian vacancy - Portsmouth School Library Service

We are looking for someone to take on a senior role in our team based in Paulsgrove to lead on the provision of a modern, high-quality School Library Service.

School Library Service

This is a highly proactive service and we are looking for an energetic and dynamic person who will who will work alongside an advisory librarian, leading on our work in schools and managing a team of school library advisory assistants.

Please see the link below for further details, job profile and application process.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 30 September 2021.

Find out more


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