PEP Bulletin w/c 15 November 2021

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19 November 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Portsmouth MYP Team

Portsmouth Youth Parliament working groups

The Portsmouth Youth Parliament Team are recruiting young people to join their working groups and help shape their upcoming projects.

Please download and share the poster with tutor groups and school councils and encourage young people to sign up if they would like to get involved. This is an excellent opportunity for students to have their say in some city-wide change-making!

If you have any questions, please DM the team on Instagram @PortsmouthMYPTeam or email

Download poster

Early years

EYFS updates, reflection and support workshop

Headteachers and their EYFS leads are invited to join the early years advisory teachers on Thursday 9 December, 1-3pm for a virtual workshop covering the following themes:

  • The revised EYFS statutory framework
  • EYFS curriculum and assessment models
  • Non-statutory EYFSP moderation support and training

This is an opportunity to reflect on the changes to the EYFS and what that looks like in your school and to hear from others, including our early adopter schools.

To book your places please visit Portsmouth Learning Gateway and search course code SCH/21/64.

You will be sent a link to join the virtual session when you book.

Book your place

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Train to teach with Portsmouth & Solent Training Alliance

Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance

Interested in teacher training? Come along to Portsmouth & Solent Training Alliance's upcoming train to teach events to find out more about their Ofsted 'Outstanding' teacher training programmes:

  • Primary teacher training 1DR 383P
  • Secondary teacher training 1DR and apply by the subject specific codes.

For further information please contact

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Curriculum and CPD

Connecting your school to nature

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are running an introduction to nature connection for schools on Wednesday 1 December at 4pm via Zoom. The session will include training and support, connecting to your local community and school grounds opportunities.

Zoom details
Meeting ID: 937 6395 5356
Passcode: 935444
Click to join meeting

Physics CPD sessions

A new free CPD programme is targeted at specialist and non-specialist physics teachers to enhance and revisit their KS3 and KS4 provision.

The first session, ‘All about electricity’, will take place on Wednesday 24 November, 4pm - 6pm at UTC Portsmouth.

Targeted at specialist and non-specialist physics teachers, this CPD workshop will support the teaching of electricity in KS3 and KS4. Led by experienced physics trainers, the session will provide engaging practical activities supported by sound learning approaches designed to further develop participant's confidence in physics teaching.

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Portsmouth Music Hub's 10th Anniversary

It's the 10th anniversary of the Portsmouth Music Hub and to recognise this the music service has created a short two minute film which highlights a decade of music making.

Watch now

Portsmouth Music Hub

Emotional health and wellbeing

Meeting the education support needs of Afghan refugee children

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 3.30pm - 5pm via Zoom

The local branch of NALDIC - the national association for EAL - is co-hosting a webinar together with Refugee Education UK to help schools meet the needs of Afghan students from asylum seeking and refugee backgrounds. It's a topical subject, especially for schools in the city already involved in the settlement of this population or who may be welcoming the next group of families soon. It is open to anyone in school interested to join so please share widely. The session, outlined below, will be coupled with lived experiences of Afghan refugees and a discussion on the practice of the attendees in your own settings.

The free online webinar aimed at teachers and school staff will present an introduction to supporting Afghan students that arrive in your school. In their presentations, Hannah Elwyn from Refugee Education UK, and colleagues will draw from recent research on the displacement of young Afghans to explain the educational implications for students with a focus on barriers to their progress and achievement.

They will also outline practical strategies schools/teachers can adopt to overcome these challenges and share details of their existing and latest resources that can help schools engage with Afghan families and develop their policies and practices. 

The webinar will include:

  • An introduction to Refugee Education UK
  • An overview of the challenges facing young Afghan students
  • A presentation of suggested strategies and resources to overcome these challenges
  • Q&A

You will need to register in advance for the webinar.

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Islamophobia Awareness Month

What is Islamophobia?

Islamophobia is defined as: a prejudice, aversion, hostility, or hatred towards Muslims and encompasses any distinction, exclusion, restriction, discrimination, or preference against Muslims that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.

Islamophobia not only refers to a category of hate crime, but pertains to barriers that Muslims face across all areas of public life. This includes, but is not limited to: discrimination at work, such as the failure to be promoted based on achievement; marginalisation from political positions; demonisation based on negative stereotypes within media discourse; and public policies that discriminate against Muslims based on their religious identity.

What is Islamophobia Awareness Month?

Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) was co-founded by MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) with other British organisations in 2012 to deconstruct and challenge the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. The campaign, held every November, aims to work with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC), local councils, journalists, local media outlets, councilors, local MPs, mosques, universities, schools, community organisations and others to raise awareness of the threat of Islamophobia and encourage better reporting of incidents to the police.

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Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

The Portsmouth Academy develop into Special School Provision

The Portsmouth Academy wishes to make you aware of the Special Provision Partnership they are developing and a consultation to open an inclusion unit on site at the academy.

Please find full details in the attached letter to parents, which contains a link to the consultation form.

Letter to parents

Dates for your diary

22 November 2021
Year 6 teachers writing training | 1pm - 3pm

23 November 2021
Rethink Periods training session | 4pm - 6pm

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

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