PEP Bulletin w/c 29 November 2021

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3 December 2021

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Preparing for study, work and life

Explore your future

Portsmouth businesses unite to explore your future

The Shaping Portsmouth Explore Your Future Programme was set up to inspire Portsmouth’s young people aged 14-19 through the real-life experiences of a diverse pool of role models. Since March 2021, businesses from across Portsmouth have volunteered their time to share their career stories. 33 videos are already available for free download. A further six are in production and the programme will continue.

The videos were initially set up as a career resource and already feature 22 different work-related areas or industries including creatives, engineering, retail, and technology. Through the sharing of a career journey important personal and career messages also come to light. Either in highlighting subjects for study or vital lessons learnt as careers are started and develop over time. Many of those interviewed have always lived in Portsmouth, attended local schools and pursued their career here bringing to life all the opportunities there are in the city.

Feedback is welcomed from all career and subject leads to assess the resources already available and shape the next phase of delivery. This includes the aim of visiting schools as part of Portsmouth Aspirations Week in January 2022.

Explore the interviews

Hampshire Youth Network

Hampshire Youth Network (HYN) searching for volunteers

The Hampshire Youth Network (HYN) was championed by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire following the hugely successful cross-Hampshire Youth Service in 2018 at Winchester Cathedral where over 1000 young people, leaders and parents attended to commemorate the end of World War 1.

The organisation aims to unite young people (11-18 years) across Hampshire through communication and events that matter to young people directly. The HYN steering group allows young people to decide what the network does - the events it holds, the organisations it collaborates with as well as the messaging the organisation delivers.

In 2022 the HYN are leading the organisation of A celebration of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee led by the young people of Hampshire’ in Winchester Cathedral on Friday 20 May at 7.30 pm. They hope to gather young people from across Hampshire from uniformed organisations and schools to celebrate this milestone.

Any 11-18 year olds that live or go to school or college in Hampshire can apply to become part of the steering group.

Find out more

Women in craft engineering - apprenticeship insight event

BAE Systems are hosting an apprenticeship insight event introducing a young person to the exciting world of craft engineering. This will provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the company, gain hands on experience and visit their sites. They will also get to meet current craft engineering apprentices, who will provide insights into their role and share their experience.

Taking place over four days throughout January and February 2022, places on the programme are limited. All applications will be reviewed, and the young person will receive an outcome decision via email by Friday 17 December 2021.

Following the insight experience, the young person could be offered a full time position on the Advanced Craft Engineering Apprenticeship, starting in autumn 2022.

For any enquiries about the programme, please ask the young person to contact the BAE Systems team via email:

Find out more

School improvement

Boys attainment community of practice

Based on feedback from school staff in the local area, the University of Portsmouth is setting up a local community of practice focused on improving the attainment of disadvantaged boys within our city and surrounding areas.

What are we doing?
A community of practice works best when it draws on a variety of expertise and experiences. Our intention is to bring together like-minded practitioners who have a drive to improve the attainment of boys in their school and beyond, and who wish to learn from and share with others.

As facilitators of the community of practice our aim is to support your conversations, and shared learning as a collaborative group. To help provide opportunities for learning and discussion, we’ve suggested a programme of CPD sessions and meetings for the academic year, to explore key themes such as:

  • Lad culture and gender expectations
  • Teacher expectations of males and unconscious bias
  • Mental health

The community of practice would meet once per half term. These meetings are likely to be virtual, but we may include some face-to-face meetings if members wish to, and COVID-19 restrictions allow.

If you would like to know more about the community of practice, or wish to be part of the meetings, please contact with Kim Skinner who is leading the project:

Curriculum and CPD

PSHE education survey

The PSHE Association are running a short survey about PSHE education in schools. 

They’re keen to find out how regularly it’s delivered, and if introduction of statutory relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) has made a difference to the amount of time and focus it’s given. This is no reflection on your own practice or your school – they just want a snapshot of what’s happening nationally and appreciate your honesty when answering.

Complete the survey

Educational Visits winter magazine

The Educational Visits UK Days Out South East of England winter magazine is a seasonal digital magazine (ezine) promoting what is happening regionally in museums and attractions to schools. Teachers can access the latest events, online workshops and new ideas for school trips, the majority of which has been provided by the museums/attractions themselves. There is also a section about what is happening in the school holidays for parents which schools can forward on to them.

The objective is to keep everyone safe and informed of what's on over the winter period as well as helping the tourism industry recover after what has been a difficult two years. You can also look at neighbouring regional ezines to discover what's on this winter.

Read the winter magazine

Leaders Award competition

Engineering competition for 3-19 year olds

Each year, the ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ competition asks pupils between the ages of 3-19 years from across the UK to come up with ideas for engineering inventions that could change the world.

All entries are graded by engineers, with winning and shortlisted pupil designs displayed at public exhibitions up and down the country. If selected as an award winner they could even get their invention made into a working prototype!

The aim of the competition is to inspire you and your pupils to open their minds to what engineering is all about and engage with engineering professionals through online interviews and school visits.

The deadline for entries is 23 March 2022. If your school would like to take part in this competition please contact

Find out more

Free online English opportunities

SSP spotlight briefing
Tuesday 18 January 2022, 4pm - 4.30pm
If you have questions about systematic synthetic phonics programmes (SSPs), come along to the online SSP spotlight briefing and Springhill English Hub will guide you in the right direction.

OU/UKLA teachers reading group
Springhill English Hub invites anyone committed to developing children’s desire, delight and engagement as readers to join the online OU/UKLA teachers reading group. Teachers, librarians, student teachers and support staff are welcome to join.
The group will be developing evidence-informed practice, widening knowledge of children’s literature and other texts, enriching RfP pedagogy and documenting the impact on the young people as readers.

Welcome session: Tuesday 25 January 2022, 4pm - 4.30pm
Further sessions: 1 February, 8 March, 26 April, 7 June, 5 July 2022

OU reading for pleasure newsletter LIVE!
With Professor Teresa Cremin hosting, this rapid-fire virtual event on Tuesday 7 December 2021, 8pm - 9pm, will cover a range of useful topics to help you enrich your practice and nurture your pupils’ love of reading. It’s going to be a lively discussion, packed with valuable content, tips to support your classroom practice and the work in your TRG – all dedicated to the latest in reading for pleasure.

Update to Portsmouth Primary English Network meetings

Following feedback from schools, the Portsmouth Primary English Network meetings have been moved to twilight sessions.

The new dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday 28 January 2022, 3pm - 5pm
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022, 3pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday 29 June 2022, 3pm - 5pm

Book your place via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.

If you have any questions, please contact

Fully funded computing support and design and technology training

Six more Portsmouth schools accepted the offer of computing support last week, requesting help with curriculum development, staff training and equipment advice, all for free!

If you are an LA maintained school or academy in Portsmouth or Gosport, you too can access this. Just drop Phil Wickins an email on or submit a request through your local computing hub website.

Free CAD (3D design) training - don't miss out

Don’t forget the free CAD (3D design) training on Wednesday 8 December 2021, 3.30pm - 5pm. Get your design and technology (DT) leads to attend too!

Register now

Emotional health and wellbeing

Equalities consultation event

To support schools and colleges in their work to promote inclusion and equalities, Portsmouth Education Partnership have drafted an anti-racism resource pack and are beginning to redraft the trans inclusion toolkit.

Staff with responsibilities around inclusion and equalities are warmly invited to join the consultation event. This will help to shape these resources, ensure they meet your needs and inform the support and training that will be provided as part of our ongoing equalities work.

The event will take place on Wednesday 8 December 2021 from 1pm - 4pm at the Holiday Inn Express - Portsmouth North.

Book your place

Anti-racist film and resources

A short anti-racist film is being be shown on the big screen at Fratton Park during home games until the end of the year.

The Portsmouth Education Partnership Anti-Racism Working Group is keen for schools to show the video to pupils as a stimulus to discussing how we reinforce the messages of unifying against hate across our city. It is a short film that you may wish to show in assembly or tutor time.

There is a sample lesson plan with some ideas for how to use this with key stage 1 and 2 pupils.

Watch the film

SEMH partnership

This Google doc contains the names of key contacts working with schools. Please update the document if any of the contact names within your school need to be updated.

If you have any difficulty updating the document directly please send any amendments to

Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark (PIE QM)

We had great pleasure in awarding a number of PIE QM certificates at the Portsmouth Inclusion Conference last month. We are encouraging all schools to continue to work on the PIE QM, completing a further two standards this term.

  • Standard 3: Behaviour and safeguarding
  • Standard 4: Curriculum and opportunities

A reminder that support with any aspect of the PIE QM is available from Mike Bowen:

We Can Week

New celebratory week to support Hampshire students wellbeing

We Can Week is a celebration that aims to increase children’s understanding of their physical and mental wellbeing. The week being held 14 - 18 February 2022 hopes to help schools in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight support children and young people.

The week has been divided into five key themed days that will support children’s physical and mental wellbeing. Within each day, resources will be available for teachers and families to encourage children to explore and understand the five themes.

Schools can use these resources during the school day, as activities to be sent home or bursts between lessons. Schools can use these resources throughout the week, and days can be mixed up or repeated at any time.

Schools can commit to taking part in the whole of We Can Week or just the days they want to do. Activity providers and community groups can also commit to providing resources and supporting their local schools.

Make your commitment over on Energise Me’s website.


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

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

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

17-21 January 2022
Portsmouth Aspirations Week

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