PEP Bulletin w/c 13 September 2021

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16 September 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Who's to Say

Who's to Say? Portsmouth project

Who’s to Say? is taking a ‘super local’ approach of utilising the voices of a whole generation
specific to Portsmouth, with a focus on residents, and those who work and/or study here.
The project looks to gain your opinions, thoughts, wisdom and words on climate change,
how it’s affecting you, as well as how Portsmouth is tackling this, considering the unique
climate change challenges.

Who’s to Say? will culminate in the creation of a verbatim theatre piece, utilising these
collected words to produce an original script and build a performance in co-production with
young people. They will go on to perform and showcase how you and the people of
Portsmouth feel impacted by climate change, with a focus on ‘adaptation and resilience’, using your words, sharing your thoughts, and telling your stories of climate change within the UK’s island city.

Find out more

Applications to join the Youth Commission now open

Applications are now open for young people aged 14-24 to join the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission. 

The purpose of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission is to make young people part of the solution to tackling crime and improving policing, rather than being seen as part of the problem.

Volunteers work in teams to:

  • talk with young people in their communities to understand their policing and criminal justice concerns
  • provide opportunities for young people to inform, support and challenge the Police and Crime Commissioner’s work
  • feedback directly to decision makers to influence practice, policy and strategy
  • identify the root causes of problems, make recommendations for change and work on solutions.

Applications are open until 31 October 2021.

A recruitment poster promoting the opportunity is available to download here.

Find out more

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Upcoming briefings for governors

There are two briefings for governors coming up this half term.

An induction event for new governors who have joined Portsmouth governing bodies in the last year will take place on Wednesday 29 September from 4.30pm - 6pm. The autumn term briefing for all governors will take place on Tuesday 12 October from 4.30pm - 6pm. Both events are free and will be relevant to colleagues from both maintained schools and academies. They will take place on Microsoft Teams.

Please highlight these opportunities to your governor colleagues, who can reserve a place by emailing

Curriculum and CPD

Portsmouth primary languages update

The September Portsmouth primary languages update is now available to read and features the following:

  • Details of upcoming Association for Language Learning (ALL) primary hub meetings
  • A message from Marie Allen
  • ALL primary languages conference (Saturday 6 November)
  • Language Angels free grammar upskilling webinars
  • and more.

The next ALL Portsmouth primary hub meeting will take place on Monday 15 November, 4pm - 5.15pm.

Read the update

Outdoor learning update from Hampshire Outdoors

Hampshire Outdoors logo

The first outdoor learning / Trailblazer newsletter of the new academic year from Hampshire Outdoors is now available. This edition has the theme of mud and soil, things children love to play and explore with! The newsletter is also packed with news, ideas and resources to support you carrying out 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 the newsletter with colleagues who are interested in outdoor learning.

If you need any further help or advice, please contact

Read the newsletter

Halabja in the Golden Days

Landscape near Halabja by Abdulrahman Mirza

'Halabja in the Golden Days' exhibition at Portsmouth Cathedral

14 October – 3 November 2021
Mon to Sat 10am – 3pm, Sun 12.45pm – 3pm

Halabja is a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, widely known for the terrible chemical weapons attack of 1988. This formed part of the ‘Anfal’ campaign of persecution, which resulted in many Kurds fleeing Iraq and seeking refuge overseas. The large Kurdish community in Portsmouth, many of whom were originally from Halabja, have for many years held an annual ceremony of remembrance.

The charity Gulan is turning articles and essays on Halabja, together with new artworks by Kurdish artists, into an exhibition in Portsmouth Cathedral. The exhibition will include a major new artwork commission to be installed in the cathedral nave. It will be held from 14 October – 3 November 2021 as part of this year’s Journeys Festival International. The project is being developed with Portsmouth’s Kurdish community, who will also participate in a programme of events including a performance of Kurdish costumes, music and dancing.

For more details about the exhibition, to arrange interviews or group visits please email

Find out more

A Portsmouth approach to reading

To support all education organisations across the PEP, from the early years to post-16, the PEP Early Language and Literacy Development Group have spearheaded the compilation of a document called ‘A Portsmouth approach to reading‘.

The document provides useful information to support educators in Portsmouth schools with reading and there are many sections, with links to references and resources.

It is now available to read on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership website updates

PSCP logo

The content and layout of the PSCP website has been reviewed to try and make it more user friendly for busy practitioners. All of the subject pages in the information for professionals have been re-written to ensure they contain up-to-date information and the layout is easier to navigate. A one minute guide library has been created for quicker reference and the learning from practice section has been revamped to make this information more accessible.

Please share this information within your organisations to make staff aware of these changes. You may need to update any quick links/hyperlinks you have created or saved to the website as these may no longer work.

PSCP have strived to make the content as accurate as possible, but if you spot any inaccuracies please do let them know. The website will continue to be developed, so if there are additional safeguarding issues or areas of practice you would like included in the future, please contact

Veg Power 60 second lunchbox hacks

60 second lunchbox hacks from Veg Power

As part of Veg Power's ongoing mission to encourage the UK to eat more veg, they would like to make it easier for parents and carers to add more veg to children's lunchboxes. Recent research from Leeds University found that only one in five children had any vegetables or salad in their packed lunch.

To support parents, Veg Power has developed a 60 Second Lunchbox Hacks PDF for circulation to parents via schools. It features easy-to-implement ideas and tips and serves to make this task as simple as possible.

Please share the PDF with your parent community and consider uploading to your school's website. Veg Power would be grateful for any support so they can reach as many families as possible.

There is also a competition included with three 12-month subscriptions to The Foodini Club, the cookery and craft club, up for grabs. 

Download now

Simon Says support groups

Simon Says

Simon Says, the child bereavement support charity, run support groups which offer children and families the opportunity to meet and work through their bereavement journey, supported by volunteers with planned activities.

The Portsmouth support group has moved venues which means they are now able to support children and young people up to the age of 18, rather than 11 as it was previously.

Visit the Simon Says website for more information about support groups.

They are also piloting a new weekly, active support group run by ActiveMe360 for bereaved children and young people aged 5-16. The sessions will be held at Alver Velley Schools during term time and will be free of charge.

A flyer with all the details is available to download and share with parents and carers.

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Portsmouth Inclusion Conference 2021

The Portsmouth Inclusion Conference will take place on Thursday 21 October 2021. Planning is well under way and we are excited to confirm the theme of the conference and the keynote speakers.

The theme of the conference this year is 'Relationship-based practice: The importance of relationships for happiness, wellbeing, school effectiveness and inclusion.'

The first keynote speaker is Pooky Knightsmith. An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, understanding and knowledge they need to support the children in their care.

Ther second keynote speaker is Mark Finnis. Mark Finnis is the founder and director of L30 Relational Systems and has more than 20 years' experience of working with schools, organisations large and small, both nationally and internationally. Mark has been involved in the national development of restorative practices since the late 1990s.

There will also be a selection of workshops that will be announced shortly.

Book your ticket

LA updates

Do you teach the Home Front in World War II?

Portsmouth Museums Service is looking to consult with teachers who teach the Home Front in World War II. They want to hear from you about what time of year you cover the subject and what they can do to help encourage school groups (both primary and secondary) to visit D-Day Story and take part in the Life in World War Two session.

If you are happy to share your thoughts and ideas, please email Grace Scott on

Wave 105 Cash for Kids grant applications open

Cash for Kids Day grants are available to organisations seeking to help the individual families they work with affected by poverty due to COVID-19. Organisations can apply for funds to support children aged 0-18 living in or affected by poverty.

Grants are £35 per child for basic essentials such as school uniform, school shoes, food, clothing, underwear and pyjamas etc.

Applications on behalf of all children must be received from professionals within a governing body (social services, GP, teacher etc.) or from a registered charity. Applications will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Make an application

Dates for your diary

For dates of events, network meetings, conferences, training and workshops taking place in Portsmouth, please visit the PEP calendar.

22 September 2021
Primary computing TeachMeet
3.45pm - 4.45pm

28 September 2021
Maths hub network
3.45pm - 4.45pm

29 September 2021
Portsmouth primary English network
1pm - 3pm
Portsmouth Leaning Gateway course code SCH/21/26

Primary music co-ordinator's meeting
4.15pm - 5.15pm

New governor induction
4.30pm - 6pm

12 October 2021
Governor briefing
4.30pm - 6pm

21 October 2021
Portsmouth Inclusion Conference

15 - 19 November 2021
Anti-Bullying Week

22 November
Year 6 teachers writing training
1pm - 3pm

25 November 2021
Year 2 teachers writing, reading and maths training
9.15am - 3.45pm

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