PEP Bulletin w/c 22 November 2021

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24 November 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Aspirations Week 2022

Portsmouth Aspirations Week 17 - 21 January 2022

A heads up and a reminder that Portsmouth Aspirations Week is set for 17 - 21 January 2022.

During this week, Portsmouth City Council, schools, businesses and local community groups are invited to hold a range of events that aim to inspire children, young people and adults to think about their futures, help them to understand the steps they can take to ensure their own success and the help available to aid them in reaching their goals.

Aspirations Week is one of the ways the council is supporting Portsmouth City Vision and part of our commitment to life-long learning. It also ties in with our drive to promote regular attendance at school.

Please contact if you plan to take part and she will supply a toolkit including logos, posters, assembly and lesson ideas and keep you updated with promotional materials and plans. Successful ideas from last time are also welcome, for sharing with other schools, as are offers to host a visit from Councillor Horton during the week.

We will shortly be sharing a list of local business speakers you will be able to book for assemblies during the week, whose aim will be to inspire children and young people to consider a wide range of careers.

Curriculum and CPD

PSHE updates

PSHE leads' starter pack
The PSHE Association have pulled together a 'starter for ten' resource for new PSHE leads on planning and implementing a tailored PSHE education programme.

What's missing from the pack?
If you are a PSHE/RSHE lead (or have been), let us know what other information or resources needs to be available to support our new Portsmouth PSHE/RSHE leads. Please email your recommendations to The team will look at how your recommendations can be added to a section on the PSHE page on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website.

World AIDS Day - Wednesday 1 December 2021
There is lots of information and resources for schools and colleges related to World AIDS Day, including free teaching resources, posters and ideas for fundraising available on the World AIDS Day website.

There are more HIV lesson resources available on the Let's Talk About It website.

Implementing and teaching statutory RSHE - live Q&A
Free for paid members of the Sex Education Forum, this live Q&A session on Friday 3 December 2021, 12pm - 1pm will provide answers to your questions about the practicalities, processes and policies for getting up and running with statutory RSHE in your school.

Hampshire & Dorset SLP

Primary and secondary science CPD opportunities

The Hampshire and Dorset Science Learning Partnership has a number of great opportunities to get involved in some exciting and impactful CPD over the next few months.



For more information or CPD requests, please contact Chris Leat at

Fully funded computing curriculum support

Did you know that only 11 out of all Portsmouth primary schools took up the offer of half a day’s worth of fully funded support for their computing curriculum last year? This offer is still available, but for 2021/22 only.

The support is given by Phil Wickins, a subject matter expert for the National Centre for Computing Education. It can take many forms: developing your curriculum, advice on deep dives, access to free resources, guidance on physical computing equipment and how to hire it for free, even bespoke training for your staff during a PDM or inset day.

Please get in touch with Phil to access this support, it is completely free:

You can also meet Phil on the free computing CPD events that are in the 'Dates for your diary' section at the bottom of this bulletin. Feel free to chat to him more about the half day support there.

Invitation to attend schools' carols at Fratton Park

The schools' carols event will take place at Fratton Park on Tuesday 14 December 2021, starting at 6.30pm and ending at approximately 7.15pm.

Tickets will be issued to each school wishing to attend this event and these will be posted to schools in advance of the event. Every person attending, whether teacher, child, sibling or parent/guardian will require a ticket. Children and parents/guardians must come as a part of a school group, they cannot come on their own to this event.

The maximum number of tickets available per school is currently set at 84 - this equates to three rows of seats together in the stadium. Please state the number you require in the reply form. If you require more than 84, please get in touch with the events team to discuss, but please note this cannot be guaranteed.

The turnstiles will be open from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. The events team are intending to display meeting point signs outside the stadium if you wish to gather your group before you enter. This is not compulsory this year as you will be able to distribute your tickets beforehand, and so your group can meet at your allocated seating if easier.

If you do decide to gather your group before entering, it is your responsibility to make sure your group is seated by 6.30pm. You will need your ticket to enter through the turnstile.

Please confirm whether your school can attend by completing and returning the reply form by no later than Friday 26 November.

If you have any questions, please contact

Emotional health and wellbeing

Christmas pyjama appeal

Christmas pyjama appeal 2021

The Parenting Network have launched an online Christmas pyjama and book appeal on behalf of the charity Stop Domestic Abuse for children and their families fleeing domestic abuse and living in refuges across Hampshire during this Christmas period. 

Matt Foster, founder of The Parenting Network, said:

"These families are seeking refuge during the Christmas period and often they have had to pick up and leave quickly and they are not able to take a lot with them. The staff at the refuges do a fantastic job to create a hub of safety, warmth and love and we wanted to be a part of that. We want as many children as possible to be able to snuggle up on Christmas Eve reading a book in their new cosy Christmas pyjamas.”

All donations need to be received by Tuesday 14 December 2021.

Find out more and donate

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Portsmouth portage training workshop: A small steps approach to learning for children with SEND

26 and 27 January 2022, 9.15am - 4.30pm, follow up day 16 February 2022

The strength-based portage approach to working with children with additional needs and their families. Central to the course are the ‘portage principles’ and the holistic ‘three circle model of portage’. This complements SENCO or SEND training. You will learn:

  • An understanding of portage principles and the portage small steps model of support
  • The ability to apply portage skills and principles at workplace and home
  • How to identify children's needs and write clear narratives for EHCP, SENDIF requests etc.
  • How to create realistic, achievable, play-based goals and activities
  • How to ensure an EYFS provision meets the SEND Code of Practice
  • What creates a partnership with parents/carers and professionals?
  • Supporting play and behaviour for children with SEN&D
  • Free fun, creativity and ingenious ideas supplied too!

A follow-up session aims to ensure learning becomes embedded into day-to-day practice.

Cost: £195. Reduced rate £175 for two staff from same EY setting. Two free places are available for portage parents.

Find out more

LA updates

Representatives sought for Portsmouth Climate Action Board

We are seeking one or more education representatives on the Portsmouth Climate Action Board.

In 2019, Portsmouth City Council declared a climate emergency and assisted in the development of the Portsmouth Climate Action Board. The Climate Action Board is an independent partnership between organisations, groups and businesses with the task to reduce carbon emissions in Portsmouth. The board drives and inspires action by raising awareness, lobbying local and national government and providing a forum to coordinate climate action across the city.

As young people will be one of the most affected by climate change it is important that we engage them in the strategy and actions of the board. The Education Partnership would therefore be valuable in providing a link with young people in the city and by assisting in raising awareness through events, campaigns and communication. One of the deputy Members of Youth Parliament also sits on the board.

A two hour board meeting is held every two months.

Please contact if you are interested in joining the board.

Dates for your diary

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

2 December 2021
PACE - Practicing in the moment 'connection with teaching' (primary) | 9.30am - 12.30pm

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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