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PEP Bulletin

23 September 2021

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Introduction from Frances Soul, PEP Independent Chair

For those of you that I didn’t meet at the PEP summer conference, it is good to be able to say hello and give a brief introduction and update on my time so far. My name is Frances Soul. I live in Hampshire but have worked in schools across England and also with education providers in South Africa, India, and USA. I have had a rich, varied and possibly atypical career in education and aim to use this to the benefit of the PEP as your Chair. As I said when I joined the PEP summer conference I won’t waste space and time on my CV, just ‘Google me’ if you want to know more.

Frances Soul

More importantly, last week I had the pleasure of meeting a few members of the PEP strategic board face to face. It was so good to start visiting Portsmouth schools and see and hear from those leading some of the priority strands of year 2 of the PEP strategy. I heard from Natalie Sheppard about the digital innovation coming out of TSAT and collaboration across the PEP on the Digital Drive, and from Matt Johnson at Copnor Primary on the priorities for the language and literacy strand. If you have not yet read it do take a look at the Approaches to Reading document, which was a true collaborative development that came from the wider group last year.

Inclusion is a strong theme of the PEP and I was delighted to be able to visit Mary Rose Academy to meet Sharon Burt and hear of her work within Solent Academies Trust and also the collaborative initiatives with the PEP for inclusion for all schools and children from EY to post-16. Speaking of post-16, I then moved on to meet Simon Barrable and hear how a more unified strategy for post-16 provision has been enabled through the creation of the City of Portsmouth College and their collaboration on the priority to improve post-16 impact and reduce NEET. Finally with Jane Bush at Langstone Junior Academy, UniCAT, I heard about her leadership of the primary heads group for the year and the work coming out of the Solent Maths Hub for which she is currently the PEP representative.

Without exception I was greeted with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to working together for the good of all children and young people in the schools and colleges across Portsmouth. I look forward to meeting more of you over the coming weeks and months and leading the strategic board on your behalf to even greater impact and success.

Please do feel free to contact me directly on with any questions, suggestions or even an invitation to meet. I will always respond!

Frances Soul
PEP Independent Chair

Preparing for study, work and life

Register for The Talent Foundry's annual Rock Assembly

Booking is now open for The Talent Foundry’s annual Rock Assembly, which will be held online on 30 September 2021.

The event aims to encourage young people to ‘think big’ about their futures and support schools to meet Gatsby benchmarks.

This year the Rock Assembly futures fair will include a range of interactive online workshops hosted by employers, offering students the chance to engage with various sectors and industries throughout the day in a virtual careers fair.

The Talent Foundry Rock Assembly

The event is free for schools, however The Talent Foundry’s programmes and events are only open to schools with higher-than-average numbers of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding within their local authority. To find out if your school is eligible to attend the Rock Assembly, please email:

Find out more

Curriculum and CPD

Solent Maths Hub contact details

Schools wishing to get in contact with the Solent Maths Hub should email or phone George Masters - Solent Maths Hub co-ordinator.

Tel: 07783 425301

Further information from HISP Teaching School Hub will follow.

New PSHE email address

Please save the new email address related to the PSHE support that has been provided by public health Portsmouth and education:

Portsmouth City Council has set up the new mailbox so it is able to be accessed by multiple employees who contribute towards supporting school staff deliver PSHE in Portsmouth, including Chantelle Knight (PSHE Officer), Hannah Byrne (Public Health Development Manager) and Robert Anderson-Weaver (Public Health Workforce Development Lead).

Please share this new email address with your school's PSHE and/or RSHE lead.

A reminder that signposting toolkits and other key documents are available on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website. If you have feedback on how this page can be made more useful please send your ideas to

Dance Live! 2022 - registrations closing soon

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Dance Live! is an exciting dance event held at Portsmouth Guildhall and run by the charity, The Guildhall Trust. The competition invites young people between the ages of 7-18 to take to the stage and perform creative dance routines that are choreographed to the backdrop of a giant LED screen.

This event is for all students whether they are into dance, design, film making, IT, sound and lighting, costume and makeup, with links to Ofsted and the Gatsby benchmarks.

Dance Live!

Dance Live! takes participants on a journey before their live performances are constructively judged by industry professionals with prizes to be won.

Registrations close on Friday 24 September 2021 at 5pm. The registration form can be found here.

An information pack for schools is available here.

Primary music co-ordinators' network meeting

The next music co-ordinator update meeting is taking place on Wednesday 29 September from 4.15pm.

If you would like to join this meeting, please register with and you will be sent the Zoom code.

Portsmouth Music Hub

Subject network meetings - autumn term 2021

The dates of all subject network meetings scheduled for this year so far are now available on the PEP website, along with the joining instructions for this term.

If you would like further information on any of the subject networks please contact the network leader.

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The D-Day Story resources for schools

Send your KS2 or KS3/4 pupils on a top secret mission to uncover stories and objects in The D-Day Story museum displays. Designed in partnership with a teacher and museum education specialist, the learning resources include instructions for 'Non-Comissioned Officers' (teachers) and other adults helping with the visit.

They can be printed from the museum website before the visit, and are easy to follow with minimal preparation or background knowledge of the subject. The activities are curriculum linked - so pupils can get the most out of their visit.

View resources

Hope and New Beginnings Project 2021

Hope and New Beginnings Project 2021

Simon Whitcomb, Danny Glavin & St George’s Beneficial School

Hope & New Beginnings was an arts project funded by the Arts Council England, for Artworx to deliver an exciting project with a primary school in Portsmouth. Year 5 and 6 had an opportunity to talk through their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the pandemic, and work with professional artists to produce sketches and paintings, which represent these thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Local care home residents were also taught art skills, and contributed to an intergenerational art exhibition. In addition to the new art skills learnt by participating pupils with their individual art work, they engaged, via digital means, local care home residents and also key NHS workers from QA Hospital. They had the chance to talk to these wider community members to see how the pandemic has affected them.

These interactions led to designing a school community wall mural which represents the challenges of the pandemic and also the heroism and hope for a brighter future ahead. This project gave pupils an opportunity to take stock of this unprecedented year, interact with isolated older members of the community, in addition to NHS workers, express themselves through the medium of art, and ultimately created something positive from quite a bleak and confusing experience.

Mathematics World Cup 2021

The Mathematics World Cup with movement and mindfulness is for all 7-11 year olds, running from 27 September to 11 October 2021.

This free event has been developed in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education and is designed to improve children's mental and physical health as well as their education.

How to take part:

  1. Register for free to access full teacher information, only 50 schools per country
  2. Invite other schools to earn extra points for your class and country
  3. Train with free access to times table circuits and lesson laps resources
  4. Compete between 27 September – 11 October 2021
  5. Climb to the top of the leaderboard to win the coveted trophy, gain access to the full Mathematics World Series, and bring glory to your classroom.

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth Young Carers Service update

As the new academic year starts we are able to offer all secondary school and college pastoral teams a 30 minute young carers briefing that includes key information about young carers, practical ideas to support young carers effectively in school/college and up-to-date information about our service's current offer for young carers, their families and professionals.

This term's Young Carers Schools Network Meetings will be held on Microsoft Teams on the following dates:

  • Primary meeting: Wednesday 6 October, 3.45pm - 4.45pm
  • Secondary and college meeting: Tuesday 9 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

The focus at both meetings will be ensuring young carers are an integral part of a school/college community. Sessions will also include updates from the service.

To book either of the above or for any additional young carer TAW support, please contact:

Local authority designated officer (LADO) workshops

These are multi-agency workshops to support managers and senior leadership to understand their safeguarding responsibilities related to concerns and allegations against staff. The workshop is aimed at managers and senior leaders of staff working or volunteering in positions of trust or considered to be 'working with children'.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of LADO and how it fits with your role
  • Know when to refer to LADO
  • Improve skill and confidence in responding to allegations and concerns against staff
  • Develop safe plans when there are allegations or concerns regarding staff working with children.

The workshops will be held virtually on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 19 October, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 21 October, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 29 October, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 10 November, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Find out more

Free relationship and sex education (RSE) training

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Service is providing free virtual RSE training for those working in Portsmouth (PO1-PO6) directly supporting young people. The course will take place on Thursday 30 September, 9.45am - 3.30pm (you must attend all day).

The morning session will give an overview of the new relationships and sex education (RSE) statutory guidance, sexual consent, joining the ‘Get It On’ condom scheme, identifying local services promoting positive relationships for all young people and accessing sexual health services particularly during COVID-19 restrictions.

The second session is designed to support and enable participants to feel more confident in communicating with young people on issues of sexual consent, contraception and STI testing.


LA updates

Education Information Services school data meetings

The next school data meetings organised by Education Information Services (EIS) will take place towards the end of September. These meetings are aimed at staff responsible for data statutory returns (including head teachers, finance officers, MIS managers or admin officers) and are of benefit to both new and to experienced colleagues. The sessions will include October census updates, and other forthcoming data issues to ensure that schools are obtaining best value from the team.

Sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 28 September (AM) or Wednesday 29 September (PM).

Please book your session via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway. Attendance is free for schools that purchase the EIS SLA.

For further information, please email:

October school census - Thursday 7 October 2021

LA deadline is Thursday 14 October 2021. Please ensure that you meet this deadline to enable the detailed post-census data checking reports to be created and sent back to you. These reports will help you to validate your data to ensure its accuracy. If you cannot submit on time, please contact us ASAP. Academies that purchase EIS SLA, please send a copy of your school census to the LA via SSE and inform us by emailing when you have done so.

All schools must have an approved return on COLLECT by Wednesday 3 November 2021. Please be aware that DfE may still require your school to make changes to your census after this date.

A familiarisation blade is currently available for schools to check that the required data is being passed from your MIS to COLLECT and if any validation errors or queries are generated against your school's data. This blade will close at 4pm on Friday 1 October 2021. The DfE has issued guidance stating that if uptake of the familiarisation blade continues to be low, they will be looking to undertake a consultation about the future of the familiarisation blade service.

For further information please call 023 9284 1078 or email

Flu vaccine for children in year R through to year 11

A message to headteachers from Solent NHS Trust’s School Aged Immunisation Service

Solent NHS Trust is beginning the rollout of the annual flu vaccination programme for your children in year R through to year 11. We will send an e-consent letter to your school for you to share with parents. The letter contains a link to the e-consent programme and a unique reference number for your school. We would appreciate it if you could send via your normal parent communication channels.

Most children have the nasal flu vaccination delivered primarily within schools, with some community settings available as catch-up clinics. Children who are unable to have the nasal vaccination can be offered an injected vaccination. The vaccination team will triage and monitor uptake and will contact schools regularly to support uptake.

Our team will follow all guidance regarding personal protective equipment, the environment and equipment cleaning. As always, we appreciate your support in the safe delivery of the flu vaccination, enabling us to help keep pupils protected from flu this autumn and winter.

COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 12 to 15

Expanding vaccination to those aged 12 to 15 will play a vital part in reducing the disruption to face-to-face education this winter. The NHS is now preparing the national vaccination programme in secondary schools and we have pulled together the latest information on the PEP website, including leaflets and FAQs that can be shared with parents and young people. 

The council's communications will be supporting this through our usual channels, but will be led by the NHS.

Find out more

With Thankful Hearts – citywide community harvest 2021

Portsmouth residents are invited to support this year's With Thankful Hearts citywide harvest, which is running until Sunday 3 October.

Everyone who is able to is encouraged to support the community harvest by donating items of food which will be shared with the local food providers in the community who provide meals and support to those who experience food poverty. Donations will help ensure providers have sufficient funds and stock to carry them through the winter months.

Find out where you can donate

With Thankful Hearts

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Can you offer a secure home for unaccompanied minors?

Due to instability in their home countries, the number of unaccompanied refugee children and young people travelling to the UK and seeking safety in Portsmouth continues to rise.

These children, who are often fleeing war, disaster and poverty, have regularly travelled thousands of miles, have been separated from family through no fault of their own, and often speak little or no English.

Rowshonara Reza, one of Foster Portsmouth's dedicated foster carers who has cared for unaccompanied minors, comments:

"Some of these children may not have slept or eaten properly for months and even arrive without the basic necessities such as shoes. The difference you bring to a child's life is so immense. We believe in what we're doing; we laugh and make memories for them as well as for our own family."

Foster Portsmouth needs to recruit additional foster carers who can help us meet the needs of these vulnerable young people, often in the form of an emergency, short term placement.

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Dates for your diary

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

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 2021
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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