PEP Bulletin w/c 18 October 2021

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PEP Bulletin

21 October 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Royal Marines Band Service virtual experience

The Royal Marines Band Service is regarded as one of the world's most respected and versatile military musical organisations. Adventure meets a rigorous musical education, to play for heads of state, dignitaries, royalty and more. 

The Royal Marines Band Service are looking for musicians to join us on the world stage. From oboists to trumpeters and pianists to drummers, how would you like to make your passion into a career like no other? 

Don't miss the first ever Royal Marines Band Service virtual experience on Tuesday 26 October at 6.30pm where you can discover what life is like in one of the world's most prestigious bands.

Learn more

Portsmouth Music Hub

First Star Scholars programme launched 

The First Star Scholars programme is designed to support young people academically, personally and socially throughout GCSE's and A-Levels (or equivalent) so they can get the grades needed to enter higher education and go on to obtain a good degree. The programme is flexible and can support students who wish to go on to study any university course, or those who wish to gain employment. 

The programme launched at the University of Winchester in August 2021 and runs until July 2025. The commitment required includes one Saturday a month during term-time and two on-campus residentials in April (4 days) and August (3 weeks). Young people can join the programme straight away and be part of this exciting cohort, which has a maximum capacity of 30. 

If you would like to make a referral to the programme or require more information, please email Leanne Heath, Programme Director on  

Curriculum and CPD

SOS+ county lines professionals' training 

St Giles SOS+ gangs and county lines professionals session consists of speakers utilising their lived experience within the criminal justice system to unpack the realities and consequences of county lines drug smuggling, gang involvement, criminal exploitation and serious youth violence.

Perspectives from previous perpetrators and runners/transporters, combined with relevant case studies, aid audiences in gaining an authentic and credible understanding of this complex and cross-cutting issue.

Training is now available in the form a webinar for Portsmouth on Wednesday 8 December at 4pm.

For bookings and enquiries, email or call 020 7708 8047. 

Register today

Update to National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) 

On 12 October the Government announced the expanded eligibility criteria enabling all state funded schools and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England to access fully funded National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) from autumn 2021, to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19.  

Access to funding remains conditional on successful validation of participants’ registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records, so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your teacher record. You can check and update your record via the Teaching Regulation Agency’s Teacher Self-Service Portal.

From September 2022 there will be two new NPQs introduced: Leading Literacy and Early Years Leadership. If you are not eligible for scholarship funding, you can still undertake an NPQ and should contact your local teaching school hub, lead provider or other delivery partners directly.

BBC Radio Solent hosting schools climate change Q&A with Chris Packham for COP26

BBC Radio Solent is hosting a live climate change Q&A session with Chris Packham on their breakfast programme from 9-10am on Wednesday 3 November 2021.

They would love it if your school could join. It will be held via Zoom, and if your school is interested in joining please email to receive the Zoom link.

BBC Radio Solent is inviting schools to pre-submit climate change related questions for Chris to answer on the day. If your children would like to submit a question please email by Monday 1 November.

Educational Visits autumn magazine

The South-East of England Digital Magazine is a seasonal magazine (ezine) produced to promote museums and attractions to schools. Teachers can access the latest events, online workshops and new ideas, the majority of which have been provided by the museums/attractions, so that they can plan day and residential school trips. If additionally passed on by schools to parents, the ezines also inform parents of the educational and fun activities available for their children.

The new South-East of England online magazine is part of a series of 10 regional ezines and if you want to know what is happening in other areas, please visit the Educational Visits website. We are also including information about what is happening in the school holidays and we would be grateful if you would pass the magazine on to your parents as well as members of staff, to help them plan and continue to stay safe.

If you would like to order extra copies or have not seen the new Educational Visits UK guide that was distributed recently, please email or view the guide online.

COP26 billboard design contest

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To mark the COP26 event and encourage continued discussion around climate change with young people in the city, Aspex gallery are partnering with the International Port to hold a billboard design contest. They will be inviting pupils on a tour of the Port, and then providing a bespoke creative workshop at the school with an environmentally focused artist where pupils will create their own billboard designs and assembly about climate change initiatives in the city.

The winning entry will be displayed on a billboard close to the school/Port, and all of the entries will be displayed at Aspex gallery in their learning space. The project would be free for the school to take part in.

Please get in touch with Aspex gallery if you are interested and would like further information. Call Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm on 02392 778080 or email a response to

Emotional health and wellbeing

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton (HIPS) child exploitation newsletter

The autumn 2021 quarterly update for professionals from the HIPS child exploitation group has been published. The newsletter keeps professionals up‐to‐date with issues and progress discussed in the HIPS child exploitation meetings and flags up local and national campaigns. In this issue:

  • Missing children update
  • Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework (CERAF) survey recommendation
  • Youth Commission
  • Hampshire Constabulary education update
  • LSCPs updates / dates for your diary

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Young carers October holidays activities

The Portsmouth Young Carers Service has published its activity programme for the October school holiday. Any young carers who have been referred to the service can book a place at an activity.

Please email to request a copy of the programme.

Webinar: Improving student outcomes with purposeful talk

Creative Education are hosting a webinar on Tuesday 16 November at 4pm titled 'Let’s talk about oracy – how to promote purposeful talk and improve student outcomes and wellbeing in your school setting.'

In this session, Josephine Smith, Head at Kesteven and Sleaford High School, an 11-18 school in Lincolnshire, will get together with Pooky Knightsmith to explore how promoting oracy can lead to both higher achievement and positive attitudes in your students.

Josephine will share some simple ways you can develop the quality of student talk in your setting and make oracy a golden thread that runs through your school. This will be a session of sharing what’s worked, signposting the research and discussing how purposeful talk can be both explicitly taught by staff as well as enjoyed by students

Register now

The real faces of Modern Slavery: unmasking the truth

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership, in conjunction with Hampshire Cultural Trust, are proud to present the emotive and thought provoking exhibition ‘The real faces of Modern Slavery: unmasking the truth’.

This new exhibition is a journey through the compelling stories of survivors identified and supported within our surrounding area, with visual and audio content depicting their experiences past and present and their future aspirations as they start to attempt to rebuild their lives.

The exhibition will take place at Portsmouth libraries on the following dates:

  • Southsea: 16 November to 3 December 2021
  • Cosham: 6 December to 17 December 2021
  • Portsmouth Central: 20 December to 10 January 2022

Find out more

Support for schools following the murder of Sir David Amess MP

Following the event that took place on Friday 15 October, which the police are treating as a terrorist incident, the below guidance and advice may be of assistance should school staff and/or pupils be seeking support.

Support: The Home Office’s Victims of Terrorism Unit website, includes access to support services, including mental health and other medical services.

Resources for discussing a terrorist attack with young people: The following online resources may be of specific assistance to educators (safeguarding leads and teachers) with discussions about terrorist attacks:  

Further resources:

Helpline: If you have specific concerns relating to extremism in an education setting or require further support not covered by the services listed above, please contact the DfE’s counter-extremism division at

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Autumn 2021 SEND partnership update

A new update from the SEND partnership has been published. The purpose of this update is to keep you informed about some of the work that is underway across education, health, care and the voluntary sector in Portsmouth to improve services and outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families.  

If you have information that you would like us to include in the next SEND Partnership update, please email

Read now

LA updates

Know the facts about the vax

Everyone has a different reason for getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but if you haven't had yours yet, it's important to know the facts.

Like the fact that anyone aged 16+ can walk into a vaccination centre and get the jab straight away, no appointment needed. Or the fact that the healthy, fit, young people are being hospitalised because of the virus. Or maybe it's the fact that COVID vaccines greatly reduce the risk of serious illness and Long COVID.

Whatever your reason, it's important to #knowthevaxfacts.

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Know the facts about the vax

Bronchiolitis/respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

There were very few cases of bronchiolitis/respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) last year. Therefore many young children, especially those under two years old, have never been exposed to these common viruses and may be more vulnerable this winter.

RSV leads to coughs and colds in winter, which causes the tiniest airways in a child’s lungs to become swollen, which can make it more difficult to breathe, and they may have difficulty feeding.

Recognising the various symptoms will mean getting the right advice and treatment when children develop any of the RSV symptoms listed:

  • Raised temperature: pharmacists' support
  • Sneezing and wheezing: 111 call line or GP support
  • Very rapid breathing: A&E

Find out more

Dates for your diary

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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