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PEP Bulletin

11 November 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Premier League Primary Stars from Pompey in the Community

Pompey in the Community

Primary Stars is a free delivery programme / set of resources for teachers which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. It is available to every primary school in England and Wales and inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in and outside the classroom.

Teaching materials cover subjects from English and maths to teamwork and PE, with free to download lesson plans, assemblies and exclusive videos. It connects learning to the real world of sport, helping teachers to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair play. Sessions which can be delivered include:

  • PE teaching alongside class teachers to 'upskill' their confidence and delivery in the subject
  • maths, English and PSHE interventions with individuals or small groups
  • maths, English and PSHE activations / one off workshops or experiences
  • staff CPD in PE
  • inter-school competitions and sports days
  • social action projects to help the local community.

The programme is led by Sam Cleare, a former primary school class teacher working within schools for over 10 years. He has held a variety of positions including teaching assistant, sports coach, class teacher across KS2 and PE coordinator. As the first point of contact and main facilitator of the PLPS sessions, your school can be confident that your pupils will be receiving content from a fully qualified class teacher, as well as from an experienced PE teacher and sports coach.

Please contact Sam directly at for more information. Bookings are being taken for regularly timetabled sessions across a six week block in spring 1 term and beyond (one off events and activations can be booked in at shorter notice depending on availability).

School improvement

Moderation surgeries

The popular KS1 and KS2 moderation surgeries are now available on the Portsmouth Learning Gateway for schools to book onto.

The sessions allow year 2 teachers an hour slot on three occasions with a moderator to look at writing, maths and reading evidence bases. The moderators will discuss areas of strength and development points to aid you with the moderation process. Year 6 teachers have two one hour slots in which they will focus on writing with their moderator.

The course codes and dates are as follows:

  • KS1 moderation surgeries 2022 (group one) - course code: SCH/22/18
    Dates: 18 January 2022, 8 March 2022, 5 April 2022
  • KS1 moderation surgeries 2022 (group two) - course code: SCH/22/20
    Dates: 3 February 2022, 3 March 2022, 7 April 2022
  • KS2 moderation surgeries 2022 (group one) - course code: SCH/22/21
    Dates: 2 March 2022, 6 April 2022
  • KS2 moderation surgeries 2022 (group two) - course code: SCH/22/22
    Dates: 30 March 2022, 4 May 2022

You only need to book one space per school, although you can send up to four teachers to a surgery. Please attend all your sessions. You will be emailed separately with your allocated time slot.

Please book early to avoid missing out. If your school is unable to get on the surgeries, please contact Sarah Hilditch at and we will see what we can do to support your school.

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Recruitment of teacher panellists

The Department for Education is currently recruiting 50 teacher panellists for the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) Professional Conduct Panel (PCP).

Successful applicants will be required to sit as one of three PCP panellists to consider allegations of serious misconduct referred to the Secretary of State by employers, the police, the Disclosure and Barring Service, other regulators, other interested organisations, and members of the public. The PCP will consider the evidence and determine whether the facts in the case are proven and if it amounts to unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that brings the profession into disrepute and/or conviction of a relevant offence. The PCP will make recommendations to the Secretary of State as to whether a teacher should be prohibited from teaching.

This role will suit those teachers who have experience in dealing with investigations into school procedures, systems and processes and those with experience in pastoral roles. The position will most likely suit senior school leaders, heads of department and teachers with responsibilities such as Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCO) and/or Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). Applications from classroom teachers with the necessary skills and experience from outside of their current teaching role would also be welcomed.

If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please contact the panellist recruitment team at

Find out more

Curriculum and CPD

Chain Net Apparel basketball coaching

Chain Net Apparel was created in 2018 by Craig Hughes as a way of promoting the game of basketball in Portsmouth and the rest of the UK.

This has been done by creating affordable basketball apparel, offering coaching sessions and more recently being involved with the Orchard Park Project which took an unloved basketball court and reimagined it to a basketball facility that is now recognised countrywide.

The future of Chain Net Apparel will mean even more coaching sessions and more projects to improve basketball facilities.

To enquire further about basketball coaching for your school PE lessons or after school clubs then please contact Craig Hughes at Chain Net Apparel:

Primary English network meeting

The next primary English network meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 24 November 2021, 1pm - 3pm.

All primary colleagues are welcome, especially any English leads.

The session will include training on the principles of reading in Portsmouth and there will be time to discuss other English topics with colleagues.

Join meeting via Zoom

Cross phase conference:
Launch of Living Difference IV

Wednesday 12 January 2022 | 9am – 3.30pm

HIAS School Improvement

Presented by the HIAS RE team, this virtual one-day conference will offer an overview of and training in Living Difference IV, the revised locally agreed RE syllabus for Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight schools.

Essential aspects of Living Difference IV will be introduced, including key changes from the existing syllabus. Keynote presentations from national RE figures as well as phase-specific briefings and workshop-based sessions led by County Steering Group members will ensure delegates are confident to fully implement the syllabus in your school.

Aimed at headteachers and senior leaders with curriculum responsibility, primary subject leaders and secondary heads of RE departments, this is a key CPD event which will inform schools’ RE for the next five years.

Book via the Learning Zone, using the search term Living Difference IV.

Computing support for schools

Please see below for links to the expert computing support available for all school and post-16 settings in Portsmouth. The needs-analysis request can kick-start a school action plan for computing leadership and delivery, and the summer school option is an excellent starting point for engaging pupils and families into computing:

To stay up to date, teachers can sign up to the mailing list.

Free computing events

Free online primary computing TeachMeet
Wednesday 17 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm
Join the primary TeachMeet and find out about exciting resources being used by teachers to enrich or enhance lessons and projects. Share one resource or experience that has had impact and gain ideas from other teachers for use in your classroom!

Free online Scratch programming training
Wednesday 24 November, 3.30pm - 5pm
Join this workshop to gain subject knowledge around teaching programming using Scratch. Get to know the Scratch environment further including the use of variables, 'make a block', vector vs bitmap and all the latest hints and tips.

Free online 3D design (CAD) Sketchup training
Wednesday 8 December, 3.30pm - 5pm
Join this workshop to get some hands on experience using Sketchup, a free 3D design tool used in the DT curriculum as CAD and in the computing curriculum to add to the variety of software pupils use. If you can get Sketchup installed so that teachers can have a go, that would be great - you need the free 2017 ‘make’ version.

Online physical computing training, using the Crumble
Thursday 9 December,
1pm - 3pm or 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Join this session if you already have a Crumble kit, or a class set of kits at school, for an introduction to the Crumble and its uses/ best practice. Please make sure you have access to a Crumble kit, with at least a battery pack, crocodile clips, LED’s, and a push button switch for this session, as well as a laptop with the Crumble software installed. If you wish to purchase the kit in advance, or install the software, visit the Redfern Electronics website.

Outdoor learning update from Hampshire Outdoors

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The latest autumn edition of the outdoor learning / Trailblazer newsletter is now available, and focuses on the theme of maths outdoors.

As usual the newsletter is packed with news, ideas and resources to support you carrying out outdoor learning in your school grounds and local area!

If you need any further help or advice, please contact

Read now

Rethink Periods

Free period education training

Rethink Periods is an award-winning programme of period education training for primary and secondary school teachers and school nurses. The programme provides free PSHE Association Quality Mark period lesson plans, supporting resources and a demonstration box of period products (one per school).

The two-hour online training sessions are followed up with an optional online Q&A session.  

To register for the training, educators just need to send the information listed below to

  • First and last name
  • The name and full postal address of their school, including the postcode
  • The key stage they will teach about periods: key stage 2, key stage 3 or both.

Find out more

Sex Education Forum resources 'bring and share' event

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 3.30pm - 4.30pm, via Zoom

Free for members of the Sex Education Forum, this brand new event invites members to bring a resource that you use in teaching any aspect of sex education at primary, secondary or further education level.

The resource could be a book, poster, object(s), game, activity etc. If you wish to present a resource please describe it briefly when booking your 'presenter' ticket and be ready with details of how you use it so that we can learn from your practical experience. Audience tickets are also available.

This event is open to all paid memberships.

Find out more

Emotional health and wellbeing

'Re-think' approach - share your views

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Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership is asking for up to 10 minutes of your time as they are currently reviewing the 're-think' approach, which was launched earlier this year.

They want to learn about what is working in Portsmouth and what needs more attention. The aim is to use your feedback to generate actions and improvements across agencies to keep children and young people safe. There is no right or wrong answer to any of the questions and your time and expertise is appreciated.

Please complete the survey by Friday 26 November 2021.

Share your views

Kooth: support for teachers and students

This month, Kooth are focusing on the importance of male mental health in line with the Movember campaign (promotional resources here), as well as Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from 15-19 November (promotional resources here).

Remember Kooth can work with your school/college in the following ways - choose the option that fits in with your plans over the coming months.

Kooth Movember
  • Book a live 'intro to Kooth' assembly - it can be tailored to the time available or request a recording
  • Request a recording of the live tour - this shows how to set up a Kooth account and the different features on the site
  • Book a 'sign up to Kooth' session
  • Book workshops: wellbeing, bullying, anger management, young men or stress and anxiety (these need to be small groups)
  • Book a staff awareness session - to inform staff how Kooth can be integrated as an intervention within your school as part of your mental health and care pathway
  • Book a wellbeing stall - have a Kooth stall at your school/college event and provide students with Kooth information.

Reach out to local Kooth engagement lead, Karen Dawber, for support, resources and any questions via

PACE+ (trauma-informed) approaches course

Sigma training

The next online twilight PACE+ (trauma-informed) approaches course starts on Thursday 25 November 2021 and is free for staff from Portsmouth schools and services.

The six live webinar sessions will include:

  • The four cornerstones of a trauma-informed approach
  • The transformative power of feeling safe - the polyvagal theory
  • From mistrust to trust - the PACE approach (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy)
  • We need to talk about shame - the shield of shame and vulnerability
  • Wellbeing, self-care and organisational care
  • The right intervention at the right time - the trauma recovery model
  • Building on successes - solution focused approaches and a growth mindset
  • What about when it goes wrong? The 4Rs approach

We look forward to working with you on the course.

Book your place

Anti-bullying week 2021

Anti-Bullying Week 2021

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place from 15 to 19 November 2021. This year's theme is One Kind Word.

Lots of free school resources have been developed to help you bring Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word to life in your primary or secondary school.

Download resources

0-19 parenting offer and Triple P discussion groups

Updated details of the 0-19 parenting offer are now available, including information on:

  • Support for under 5s
  • Parenting surgeries
  • Triple P primary and teen discussion groups (view upcoming dates)
  • NVR - now taking referrals for January 2022
  • Rebuilding Relationships' (RR) - creating new possibilities using NVR approaches,
    that defiance, aggression and conflict has taken away
  • Children with additional needs

Find out more

Dates for your diary

15 - 19 November 2021
Anti-Bullying Week

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

Maths Hub network | 3.45pm - 4.45pm
Email to join

17 November 2021
Free online primary computing TeachMeet | 3.45pm - 4.45pm

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

24 November 2021
Portsmouth primary English network | 1pm - 3pm

Free online Scratch programming training | 3.30pm - 5pm

25 November 2021
Year 2 teachers writing, reading and maths training | 9.15am - 3.45pm

Seminar: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
1.30pm - 4.30pm | Email to book

PACE+ (trauma-informed) approaches course | 4pm - 5.30pm

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

8 December 2021
Free online 3D design (CAD) Sketchup training | 3.30pm - 5pm

9 December 2021
Online physical computing training, using the Crumble | 1pm - 3pm or 3.30pm - 5.30pm

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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