PEP Bulletin w/c 11 October 2021

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13 October 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Peter Pan

Introducing Peter Pan - The Thrilling Panto Adventure live in schools this Christmas

People and Stories in association with Portsmouth Music Hub and by arrangement with
Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity

From the original book by J.M. Barrie

Watch dreams take flight this Christmas with the most thrilling musical panto adventure, available to tour to your school this Christmas season.

Join Wendy as she flies to Neverland with the boy who never grows up, Peter Pan - and meet a fabulous range of characters along the way…Nana, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Pirates and, of course, the deliciously deadly Captain Hook. With wonderful mobile sets, and beautiful costumes, see Peter Pan soar to new heights in your school.

  • Subsidised price for 1 performance in Portsmouth schools: £580 - Regular price per performance: £780
  • Subsidised price for 2 same-day performances in Portsmouth schools: £910 - Regular price for 2 same-day performances: £1,210

What we bring:

  • A brand-new production with a professional cast and top-notch production values
  • Stress-free British culture direct to you; no need to travel elsewhere, and all it entails
  • Price-back guarantee in the event of government or local authority COVID restrictions
  • An education pack to support wrap-around pre-Christmas activity

Dates available: Saturday 4 - 18 December 2021 

For more information or to book: 

Call:                07838 199737

Early years

Portsmouth phonics in 5!

The PEP Early Language and Literacy Development Group are working to provide a resource library of video clips and presentations all about phonics and how they are important from early years and KS1 through KS2, KS3 and KS4 for spelling, reading and writing.

We are naming these 'Portsmouth phonics in 5', the idea being that the clips are all short (approx. 5 minutes), useful information for teachers, support staff and practitioners across all age-ranges to become more of an expert in phonics and the implications that effective phonics teaching and learning can have on standards of literacy.

This is an invitation for children and young people to enter a competition to produce a design for 'Portsmouth phonics in 5' that we can use as a logo for this exciting work.

All entries can be sent to or by Friday 5 November 2021.

School improvement

Education Information Services: School profiles 2021

Many thanks to all the schools that submitted data for their 2021 school profiles. School profiles have been uploaded to SSE for all primary and secondary schools that returned their results by the deadline.

As we mentioned in our data manager meetings, it's not too late for primary schools to take part. We will be producing a second batch of primary profiles for any schools that submit their data by Friday 22 October.

Please remember that this is a voluntary process, you don't have to provide data for all assessments that pupils would have taken and the data will not be used for accountability purposes. The school profile is available for free to schools with the EIS SLA, and can be purchased as an ad hoc service for those without the SLA.

For further information, please email:

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth presents

Help promote Teach Portsmouth's upcoming webinar to colleagues and parents

Teach Portsmouth is asking senior colleagues to help promote their next webinar on special educational needs teaching. Colleagues and parents interested in that very subject are welcome to join us on Wednesday 20 October from 4pm.

To help support your efforts, Teach Portsmouth have created a resources hub containing copy and assets which you can use in newsletters and on social media. For more information on Teach Portsmouth presents special educational needs teaching, visit the resources hub now.

Find out more

Curriculum and CPD

Portsmouth Climate Festival

Portsmouth Climate Festival is an event to raise awareness of the climate challenges in the city, highlighting both the implications of climate change for Portsmouth, and the opportunities for us to make a positive difference. It is a partnership project by the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Climate Action Board.

Portsmouth Climate Festival

Portsmouth Climate Festival will be held between Friday 22 October and Friday 12 November and you can take part by holding an online or in-person event or activity, inspired by the need for urgent action on climate in Portsmouth.

Find out more

Maths Week England

Maths Week England (8-12 November 2021)

Maths Week England is taking place from 8-12 November 2021. Last year over 660,000 students and their teachers and parents took part in the free online activities offered by Maths Week England.

This year the theme is ‘Doing maths together’. Free primary and secondary resources will be added to the Maths Week website before the event.

Schools can sign up for free to be kept in touch with what’s happening and on offer, and be eligible for spot prizes.

Find out more

Inclusion Outreach Service - Autumn central training 

The Inclusion Outreach Service has put together an exciting range of free training for the autumn term, including the 'PACE+ (Trauma Informed) Approach and Everyone’s Wellbeing' as a series of webinars, delivered by Ian Hunkin, commencing in November 2021.  

All training can be booked through the Portsmouth Learning Gateway. The only exception is the PACE+ approach webinar which is booked through Sigma Teach School Alliance website.

Information about further training for the spring and summer terms will follow shortly, and if you have any school specific training needs please get in touch: 

Emotional health and wellbeing

Kooth information sessions for parents and carers

Kooth run regular monthly virtual information sessions for parents and carers. You can provide the links to parents and carers and there are additional letters that you can share to support parents in knowing that you are offering Kooth to their child. Contact Karen Dawber ( if you would like the letter template or have any questions.

The links for parents/carers to book a free webinar can be found here:

Seminar: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Date: Thursday 25 November - 1:30pm to 4:30pm 

The aim of the seminar is to improve schools and colleges ability to prevent and to address all forms of sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

The objectives are to provide an opportunity for schools and colleges to reflect on:

  • your safeguarding culture in your school and college
  • your policies and procedures to manage peer to peer allegations and to support your safeguarding culture
  • how you support, both emotionally and educationally, both the victims and perpetrators
  • involvement of statutory agencies

If you or a colleague would like to attend this, please email who will send you the link to the seminar that will be held via Zoom.  

Project Orpheus and Prevent update

The October 2021 Project Orpheus and Prevent update is now available. It includes information on:

  • Project Orpheus - local engagement
  • National referral form for Prevent
  • Mixed, unclear and unstable ideologies
  • Incident in Plymouth
  • Conspiracy theories teaching resource
  • London Grid for Learning – Going too Far
  • Training

Read now

Update on senior mental health lead training

We are pleased to let you know that schools and colleges can now apply for a senior mental health lead training grant.

Our updated guidance explains what the training covers, who it’s intended for, how to apply for a grant, and how to access a DfE quality assured course. 

Schools and colleges who booked a course on or before the application system went live on 11 October 2021 now have until 25 October to claim one of the grants we guaranteed to reserve for eligible schools and colleges booking a course early.

All other eligible schools and colleges intending to book a course this financial year can also apply for a grant. Our guarantee to reserve a grant for those booking a course early has now ended, and we encourage settings to apply for a grant before they book a course.

Sufficient grants are available for around a third of all state schools and colleges this financial year, as part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025. Grants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis until we have issued all available funds.

Experts demystify the COVID-19 school vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds 

A Hampshire and Isle of Wight webinar with local experts from the NHS, public health and education is now available. It explains the process, and answers commonly asked questions and concerns about the vaccine, consent and other issues. This can be shared with your school community.

Watch webinar

Dates for your diary

18 October 2021
Primary science network meeting
4pm - 5pm

19 October 2021
Portsmouth arts network
4:30pm - 5:30pm

20 October 2021
4pm - 5pm
Webinar: Teach Portsmouth presents special educational needs

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

25 November 2021
Seminar: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
1:30pm - 4:30pm

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