PEP Bulletin w/c 27 September 2021

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30 September 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Strategic YIAG want to hear from young people

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Youth Independent Advisory Group (YIAG), are exploring individual’s relationships and attitudes towards Hampshire police in relation to sexual assault and violence against women and girls (VAWG).

They are keen to hear experiences from young people, positive or negative, as this information will be used to create a report, which will be presented to Hampshire Constabulary, alongside suggestions for how their methods can be improved.

Information can be submitted in your own words as an individual or organisation, and from personal experiences. However personal identifiers and names should not be included.

Please send any responses to by 17 October 2021.

There is also a survey collecting information to gain a greater understanding of the communities relationship and attitudes towards police in relation sexual assault and violence in women and young girls.

Find out more

School improvement

Year 2 and year 6 moderator recruitment

Message from Sarah Hilditch

We are looking to recruit new year 2 and year 6 moderators this year to develop and grow our already strong team. Please encourage any of your staff who have at least two years' experience in either year 2 or year 6 to apply. They should have a proven track record of making secure judgements and have good communication and interpersonal skills.

I would love to receive lots of applications this year, as it is good for the city and your schools to have moderators in place.

Thank you for your support.

Sarah Hilditch
KS1 & KS2 moderation manager

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth presents

Teach Portsmouth presents special educational needs teaching

If you have a colleague interested in specialising in SEN, Teach Portsmouth's next webinar on that very subject could be for them. The popular webinar series returns on Wednesday 20 October from 4pm - 5pm, inviting three local experts to talk about their experiences working in primary and secondary settings.

The Teach Portsmouth team would appreciate your help in promoting the webinar to colleagues who might be interested in attending. The webinar is hosted by Sarah Christopher, PEP and School Inclusion Manager, drawing upon her own experiences working as a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) for 10 years.

For more information on the webinar, please visit the Teach Portsmouth website today!

Find out more

Curriculum and CPD

SEN in mainstream schools modular training programme

HISP Research School are running a 'SEN in mainstream schools' modular training programme which will support school leaders to explore current practices, identify key priorities, and use the best bets from evidence to inform the development of an implementation plan.

Throughout the six modules, programme participants will reflect on current practices,
identify priorities, and be supported to explore the evidence base to inform decisions.
Participants will then be guided through the process of writing of an implementation
plan to support school improvement. Gap tasks will be set in-between modules to
support reflection, planning and effective implementation.

The programme is suitable for headteachers, SENCos, Teaching and Learning school leads, senior leaders, and middle leaders.

Find out more

Shadow Schools Minister and MP visit The Portsmouth Academy

Shadow Schools Minister, Peter Kyle, and MP for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, visited The Portsmouth Academy last week to witness its new one:one device strategy in action and discuss the Portsmouth Education Partnership’s innovative vision to become an Edtech city.

The digital city-wide commitment over the coming year aims to improve student attainment and progress and engage parents in their children’s learning. Having sustained access to the internet and computers provides students with access to a much wider range of resources and educational programmes to improve their memory, creativity, make learning last and ultimately, build the necessary digital skills to help them succeed in the world of work.

Mr Morgan and Mr Kyle visited the academy to see first-hand the impact of technology on students’ education. During their visit, they witnessed the academy’s one:one scheme and how advanced technology was enriching teaching across a range of subjects, including maths, geography and science.

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Primary RE network meeting

The primary RE network, led by Justine Ball, RE Adviser for HIAS, provides opportunities to collaborate and share good practice with other RE leads across the city.

The next network meeting will take place on Monday 4 October, 3.30pm - 5pm.

Justine will cover the new Ofsted review on R.E., the Living Difference III syllabus and the changes proposed for Living Difference IV which comes into action on 30 November 2021, and planning your R.E.

Delegates will need to bring their long term plan with them.


Emotional health and wellbeing

Senior mental health lead (SMHL) training

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a grant for a senior member of school or college staff to access quality assured training to implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in your setting. Grants of £1200 will be available to around a third of all state schools and colleges this financial year on a first come, first served basis.

Grant applications are not yet open but the DfE have guaranteed to reserve a grant for those eligible schools and colleges who book a place on an approved course before the grant application process is made available.

Training is available at a different levels, to reflect the varying needs of senior leads.

A tool is available to help your SMHL assess their learning level and choose a course.

Approved training is being offered by the Anna Freud Centre (details here) and Creative Education, designed by Pooky Knightsmith (details here).

If you can't find a course that meets your own requirements please contact Sarah Christopher so that we can consider developing something bespoke locally. Sarah is also available for any queries relating to this:

Service pupil premium

Register service status of your pupils by 7 October 2021

Service pupil premium (SPP) is provided to state maintained schools, free schools and academies who have children of regular/full time reserve service (FTRS) personnel enrolled for additional (mainly pastoral) support.

Supporting your service children

What can you do to support your service children? The Naval Families Federation's September newsletter contains useful information and ideas.

Read the newsletter

Sexuality/LGBTQ+ training

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Service is offering free sexuality/LGBTQ+ training on Thursday 28 October from 9.30am - 1.30pm (the final hour of the session is an optional question time for attendees). The training aims to increase awareness and understanding of issues facing young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or uncertain about their sex.

Participants ​will:

  • Recognise their own attitudes and values in relation to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community
  • Identify issues facing LGBT young people
  • Evaluate what it means to be young and gay
  • Explore how homophobia affects LGBT young people
  • Develop an action plan to promote diversity within their working environment and professional practice.

Register now

Kooth WMHD live event

Kooth World Mental Health Day live event

As part of World Mental Health Day, Kooth's South East and London team are running a free live session on wellbeing for schools, youth services etc.

The session will be held via Zoom on Friday 8 October from 1.30pm - 2.30pm.

Register now

Hate Crime Awareness Week (9 - 16 October 2021)

Hate Crime Awareness Week will take place from 9 - 16 October 2021.

EMAS are a 'third party reporting centre' (TPRC) for hate crime. This means that staff have received training about hate crime and are able to support parents (in first language, if available) to report any incidents to the police, either with or for them. This can always be done anonymously and can support witnesses as well as victims. During Hate Crime Awareness Week, members of the team are spreading the word about being a TPRC and the support that we can give to local communities at events across the city. Keep an eye out for announcements about additional events being run during the week!

Hampshire Police have a quick quiz to help you think about what a hate crime is. There is also a useful guide to help support victims and witnesses. Their website has extensive links to support and advice available, both locally and nationally.

Of course, we don't call discriminatory incidents in school 'hate crime'. We refer to these as 'prejudicial language and behaviour' (PLAB) and the toolkit of resources for schools to record and report these incidents, as well as communicate with parents or collect pupil voice are housed on the PEP website. Thank you to everyone who has been returning the monthly monitoring reports, in all of its various incarnations. We hope to have the 'final' version to you very soon and will then share citywide data, trends etc.

Free trauma informed practice training for the education sector

Rock Pool has been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver trauma informed training to education colleagues. The training session is 2.5 hours long, accessed virtually, and will focus on:

  • The developmental stages that a child or young person experiences and how living with trauma can impact on emotional, physical, and cognitive growth
  • How to intervene in a trauma informed way focusing on ‘what has happened’, applying the key principles of a trauma informed approach (safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, choice and connectedness)
  • Exploring how to stay curious about a child and young person’s behaviour
  • Challenges as practitioners, including how we manage our emotional regulation in circumstances that are challenging and even triggering. Self-care and self-awareness are fundamental in applying a trauma informed approach.

Available dates and links to register can be found here.

Find out more

LA updates

Free books for schools gifted by The News, Portsmouth

The News, Portsmouth have up to 800 copies of the book Portsmouth and the Great War to donate to Portsmouth schools. The book details the city's contribution to the cause and was originally published in 1919 and re-printed in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the conflict.

The News is also offering some Charles Dickens children's adaptations and Horrible Histories books.

All books are available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested in this offer, please email


Join the thousands of people who will quit smoking this Stoptober

Want to move better, breathe more easily, reduce your risk of heart attack by half, and feel like you've had a pay rise? Then join the thousands of people who will quit smoking this Stoptober. You can save around £1,800 a year by quitting, and no more smoking outside in the pouring rain!

If you’re a smoker who suffers from anxiety and depression, just six weeks after quitting, you'll start feeling happier as well as healthier.

Smoking remains the leading cause of premature death, and nearly half of all smokers have been smoking more since the first lockdown, so now is a great time to take up the challenge and quit.

If you can stay off tobacco for 28 days, you're five times more likely to quit for good, and help is at hand to support you all the way when you download the NHS Quit Smoking app.

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.

4 October 2021
Primary RE network meeting
3.30pm - 5pm

7 October 2021
Primary PSRHE network meeting
3.45pm - 4.30pm

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

PEP calendar

The PEP calendar contains dates of events, network meetings, conferences, training and workshops taking place in Portsmouth.

To help make the calendar as useful as possible for everyone, colleagues and partners are encouraged to regularly add relevant dates that you'd like to share. If you're scheduling your own event or training, you can check availability on the PEP calendar to avoid potential clashes with other events.

To add a date to the PEP calendar, simply forward your meeting invite to and it will be added automatically.

Please note that the email address should only be used to add items to the PEP calendar. All queries regarding the Portsmouth Education Partnership should continue to be sent to

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