PEP Bulletin w/c 1 November 2021

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4 November 2021

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Unloc's latest newsletter is now available. Updates include:

  • Festival of Student Governance
  • Unloc/Verizon Young Entrepreneurs Challenge 2021 - open for entries
  • Enterprise Day from Radweb and Unloc addresses technology skills shortage
  • Changemaker Studios pop-up sessions
  • and more...

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Bikeability level 3 training offer for secondary schools

Pedal Power Training are the Bikeability provider for schools in Portsmouth. They have been training children to level 2 standard in primary schools for the last 8 years. Level 2 sessions take part on local roads and by the end of the session, the riders will be able to make simple journeys and make independent decisions.

When riders reach secondary school age, they are generally travelling further and using more complex junctions. Level 3 Bikeability training supports these journeys, focussing on hazard perception and advanced decision making, enabling riders to anticipate and respond to drivers and road features.

Pedal Power Training have supported many secondary schools across Hampshire address road safety issues as a result of children riding to and from school. Many of the issues and complaints from local residents are about children riding in a dangerous manner. Pedal Power Training are one of the few providers in the country who deliver a full one day course which exceeds the standard set by The Bikeability Trust when delivering Level 3 training to schools.

Level 3 training is free for participating schools. The organisation and booking of the course is managed by Pedal Power Training.

For more information or to book your school, please email or call 02392 2904747.

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth presents

Watch back Teach Portsmouth presents special education needs teaching

If you have a colleague who is looking to become a special educational needs co-ordinator or know someone who wants to support children and young people in primary, secondary and specialist settings, Teach Portsmouth's latest webinar is for them.

Host, Sarah Christopher, Portsmouth Education Partnership and school inclusion manager at Portsmouth City Council was joined by three Portsmouth professionals who share information on career progression in SEND as well as offering top tips for those looking to specialise in the profession.

Those interested in supporting or teaching children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities will benefit from watching a recording of the webinar which is now available on the Teach Portsmouth website.

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Curriculum and CPD

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

Portsmouth Autumn Round Table Series

Portsmouth autumn round table series

Recordings from the first 'Portsmouth as an Ed Tech City' round table sessions are now available to watch, and can be accessed via the YouTube playlist.

If you would like any further information about future events, please complete the online form.

Languages webinar and ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting

Target language in the classroom and around the school
Language Angels are again offering free online professional development. On 17 and 18 November 2021 they will run webinars in French and Spanish on integrating these languages around school, as well as providing you with phrases that staff in primary schools can use during the school day. Find out more and register here.

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting
The next Association for Language Learning (ALL) Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting will take place on Monday 15 November 2021 at 4pm.

Language learning can be used to support and strengthen literacy skills in learners’ first language. Approaching texts from the perspective of a different language can also be another route to fostering successfully an enjoyment of reading. This session will explore how incorporating familiar texts into the languages curriculum has proved to be successful in a London primary school.

If you would like to attend, please contact for the GoogleMeet link.

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Eco Heroes resources for primary schools

The Eco Heroes are fun, engaging and interactive resources for children aged 5-9, designed to help them understand more about climate change and how to be an eco hero.

Based around the KS2 curriculum, the interactive lesson resources cover English, maths, geography, science, history and PHSE.

All of the Eco Hero interactive lesson resources are free to download and use. There is also an Eco Heroes video game that can be played for free.

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We Shine Portsmouth - save the date!

Take a walk-through Portsmouth and see the city in a completely new light.

From Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 November 2021, see local and national artists take to the streets for 3 free nights of art and light installations.

Wrap up warm, grab a hot drink, and stroll through the city soaking up the sights (map coming soon).

Featuring projections on buildings, huge painted murals, large-scale light installations, dance performances, a parade, and more.

We Shine Portsmouth

Alongside the amazing art and light installations, We Create Market will be back for its Christmas edition! Open for late-night Christmas shopping from 5-9pm on Thursday and Friday and from midday-9pm on the Saturday, it's the perfect place to shop local in time for Christmas. Location announced soon!

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

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.

Please email if you would like to attend and you will be sent the Zoom link.

Have you heard about the Attachment Aware project?

By joining this project schools and colleges receive a range of bespoke support to develop and put into practice relationship based approaches based on attachment theory.

This work compliments and builds on PACE and existing restorative practice in schools. It offers a great opportunity to embed theory - and what you already know - in day to day practice throughout your setting.

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Operation Sceptre knife crime week of action

Hampshire Constabulary's next Op Sceptre knife crime week of action will take place w/c 15 November 2021.

Operation Sceptre was launched in July 2015 by The Metropolitan Police Service with the aim of reducing knife crime and the number of families affected across the whole of London.

How schools can get involved:

  • Participating in local area plans to tackle knife crime
  • Engaging young people in discussion
  • Classroom resources
  • Including parents and the community.

If you have any questions regarding Op Sceptre, or would like some further advice please contact the team via

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Supporting bereaved children through sport

Simon Says

ActiveMe360, in partnership with Simon Says, are running a weekly sports session for bereaved children aged 4-16 years of age to support and develop their physical, mental and social wellbeing. Each week the children and young people will cover a variety of different sports and activities, lead by a qualified and experienced team.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays from 5pm - 6pm at Alver Valley Schools, Gosport.

Find out more and book

Supporting Afghan pupils in school

Several families have already been received into the city as part of the Afghan Resettlement Scheme, with several more families arriving later this month. EMAS has just appointed a new BLA who speaks both Dari and Pashto and who worked as an official interpreter for the British Council in Kabul. As soon as the recruitment process has been completed, they will begin working with pupils in school alongside existing BLAs.

For all schools, there is a fantastic free training opportunity available, starting this week and running for six weeks, in partnership with UNHCR and Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary.

There is also some excellent information on supporting refugees and asylum-seekers from the Bell Foundation, including an insightful blog post.

In addition, the following resources could also be very useful, although some weblinks may be out of date:

For any additional support from EMAS, please contact

Portsmouth Young Carers Service

The next secondary school and college network meeting is taking place on Tuesday 9 November, from 3.45pm to 4.45pm on Microsoft Teams.

The focus for this session is raising awareness of young carers with the whole school/college community. There will also be updates from the service and an opportunity to network with other schools and colleges regarding support for young carers.

Portsmouth Young Carers Service can also offer a range of young carers support, including training sessions for staff, assembly presentations and TAW support for professionals supporting individual young carers.

To book a place at the network meeting please email:

For all other information and support, please email:

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Anti-bullying support for children with SEND

Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 15-19 November this year and starts with Odd Socks Day on Monday 15 November - a day to help us recognise and celebrate what makes us all unique.

Is your school taking part in Odd Socks Day, or any other activities for anti-bullying week? Share your photos on Twitter and Facebook and tag the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer using @SendLocal for them to be shared on the Portsmouth Local Offer accounts.

Find out more about Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day on the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.

Local Offer

LA updates

School Resource Management Advisers    

The Department for Education are offering free advice and support to schools through School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs). An SRMA is an independent expert with significant experience in the management of resources in the education sector. They provide tailored advice and peer-to-peer support that can help the work schools are already doing to improve educational outcomes and can also support a school through the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Contact if you are interested in the support offer. 

Boy with football

Fostering transforms lives

"I am better at getting along with people now I'm with my foster carer. I used to be scared and angry." Robert, aged 8.

Join our foster carers at our forthcoming virtual event from 7pm on Tuesday 16 November to discover how fostering transforms the lives of children and young people.

Whatever your experience and circumstances, you'll find a form of fostering for a child or siblings that is the right fit for you. This could be a short or long term placement until they're ready to live independently or be reunited with family, support for unaccompanied minors or children with a disability, supported lodgings to develop their independent living skills, a parent and baby placement, or respite care.

If you've got room in your home and your heart, make room in your diary.



The HR news information is located on the human resources Google homepage and maintained schools and any academy with an HR Traded Services agreement can access it here.  

Further information can be obtained by contacting HR.

Dates for your diary

11 November 2021
Behaviour as communication
9.30am - 12.30pm | Training and Learning Centre, The Portsmouth Academy

15 - 19 November 2021
Anti-Bullying Week

16 November 2021
Behaviour as communication (virtual session)
3.30pm - 5pm

18 November 2021
Enhancing pupil wellbeing through developing resilient schools (primary)
9.30am - 12.30pm | Training and Learning Centre, The Portsmouth Academy

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

30 November 2021
Behaviour as communication (virtual session)
3.30pm - 5pm

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