PEP Bulletin w/c 17 January 2022

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PEP Bulletin

19 January 2022

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth presents

Inspire pupils to consider a career as a nursery practitioner

Teach Portsmouth recently hosted a webinar on early years education, promoting careers in nurseries. If you were unable to attend the webinar on Monday 17 January, a recording is now available to watch.

In partnership with Portsmouth Aspirations Week, the webinar showcased the rewarding careers people can enjoy supporting children aged 0 - 4 years old in the city. A nursery practitioner and nursery manager shared their experiences of working in an early years setting.

Career leads will find the recording a useful resource designed to inspire pupils to consider a career as a nursery practitioner. The webinar helps young people understand their options in early years education and the training they will need to progress in the sector. Please share this link with colleagues. Visit the Teach Portsmouth website and start inspiring your pupils today!

Watch recording

Curriculum and CPD

Introduction to the Academic Resilience Approach online training

Thursday 3 February 2022, 3.30pm - 5pm and Wednesday 30 March 2022, 3.30pm - 5pm

This training will introduce the Academic Resilience Approach which has been developed by boingboing and YoungMinds. In this context, resilience is described as a person 'doing better than might be expected in a context of adversity'.

Attendees will discover how engaging in the Academic Resilience Approach enables education institutions to develop and implement individualised processes to ensure all students have a greater chance of developing resilience against life’s adversity, whilst also celebrating areas of existing strength.

Find out more

EEF effective learning behaviours programme

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HISP Research School are running the EEF's 'Effective learning behaviours' programme from next month. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pupil learning, this programme draws on the evidence from several EEF guidance reports to support schools in focusing on the development of the learning behaviours of their pupils.

Feedback from previous participants includes the following: 

"As a result of writing our implementation plan, we have made changes to our whole school approach to behaviour and to raising the profile of learning behaviours. On a personal level, I have really appreciated the time to work strategically with colleagues and reflect on the impact strategies we use in school are working." 

"Our whole school improvement plan has been adapted based on next steps identified during the course and reading."

More information about the programme, including a short information video, can be found on the HISP Research School websiteA blended approach is currently planned, but this will be regularly reviewed dependent on COVID-19 restrictions and the locality of schools signing up to the programme.  

Deep dive into computing webinar

Thursday 27 January 2022, 4pm - 5pm

This webinar and Q&A session will provide you with a deeper understanding of intent, implementation and impact with regards to secondary computing. Not only will it explore how to align this with your department and school vision, but it will also look at recent questions asked during deep dives, cultural capital and some new material and context demonstrating how this has been successfully implemented in schools.

Find out more

Outdoor learning update from Hampshire Outdoors

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The first spring 2022 edition of the outdoor learning, Trailblazer and PE newsletter is now available. As usual it is packed with news, ideas and resources to support you in taking learning outdoors in your school grounds and local area!

This edition has a tree theme with ideas to use trees in learning as well as information on sources of free trees for schools and the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. Do send in any examples and photos of your outdoor learning that can be shared in future newsletters.

Details of Hampshire Outdoors and PE courses are available here. If you would like a bespoke course, please complete the online form.

If you need any further help or advice, please contact

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Solent Maths Hub work groups

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The Solent Maths Hub is one of 40 maths hubs in England, working together within the Maths Hubs Programme, which began in 2014. Maths hubs harness all maths leadership and expertise within an area to develop and spread excellent practice. Our values are collaboration, research, support and innovation.

The work group is the model of professional and school development used in most maths hubs projects. Work groups are free for schools to join and are tailored to meet the needs of schools within the current climate. Sessions are a combination of online and face to face and this will be adapted depending on government guidance.

The work groups on offer this year are as follows:

Early years work group
Specialist knowledge for teaching maths (SKTM) - Early years

Primary work groups
Specialist knowledge for teaching maths (SKTM) - Primary
Specialist knowledge for teaching maths (SKTM) - Teaching assistants
Specialist knowledge for teaching maths (SKTM) - Primary early career teachers
Year 5-8 continuity

Secondary work groups
Secondary subject leadership work group
Mathematical thinking
Year 7-11 coherence work group
Specialist knowledge for teaching maths (SKTM) - Secondary non-specialist teachers
Supporting SEND pupils in inclusive classrooms

Post-16 work groups
Core maths
Developing A-Level pedagogy
Supporting GCSE re-sit

If you are interested in joining any of the above work groups please make a booking via the Solent Maths Hub website.

PSTA PEP webinar

PSTA and PEP EdTech webinar

Following the success of the recent digital strategy virtual launch event, you are invited to attend the first webinar of this half term on Monday 24 January 2022, 4pm - 5pm.

Three experts from United Learning will be sharing little nuggets and takeaways of how they use technology to:

  • Reduce workload
  • Enhance teaching and learning
  • Support accessibility and inclusion

The webinar is offered for free as part of the EdTech Demonstrator Schools programme and is open to all ECTs and teaching staff across Portsmouth.

Secure your place by clicking the button below or emailing Gemma Gwilliam at

Book your place

Focus on writing - training sessions for headteachers and English leaders

To support with the development of writing in Portsmouth schools, we have been able to secure some time from Rachel Clarke (English consultant for Primary English Education). Rachel has successfully carried out training with Portsmouth year 6 and year 2 teachers in the past.

Rachel will be offering two half day training sessions for headteachers and English leaders. The first training session will be on Tuesday 15 February 2022, 1pm - 4pm, for headteachers and English leads to look strategically at English provision in schools. The second training session on Wednesday 16 February 2022, 1pm - 4pm, will be just for the English leads to look at the pedagogy of English teaching and implementation.

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, these sessions will now be virtual.

These are the links for the 2 sessions:

  • Headteachers and English leads: Tuesday 15 February 2022, 1pm - 4pm | Zoom link
  • English leads: Wednesday 16 February 2022, 1pm - 4pm | Zoom link

Dance Live! Portsmouth schools survey

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Dance Live! and The Guildhall Trust would like to ensure there are no barriers to taking part in our activities wherever possible and would like to prioritise Portsmouth schools within all of our activities.

The information you provide us with will help us identify ways in which we can support your staff and students to participate with Dance Live! Whether your barriers are participation fees, no dance/stage/digital experience within your staff team, limited student interest in the event, or perhaps you are worried about the time your staff have to dedicate to the event, we want to know!

Dance Live!

Please complete the survey to let us know what your barriers or challenges are to participating in future Dance Live! events by no later than Friday 28 January 2022.

Any school who completes this survey will be offered a free music making workshop with award winning local music organisation Urban Vocal Group along with two free tickets to a Dance Live! 2022 event.

Complete the survey

Emotional health and wellbeing

Upcoming pastoral network sessions

The power of listening to understand
Dr Pooky Knightsmith will be the special guest at the free online pastoral network on Thursday 10 March 2022, 4pm - 5.30pm. This session will enable you to take a look at how well your school communicates with all members of the school community and explores practical next steps to build on current strengths and addresses areas of challenge.

The session aims to inspire staff who want to make a difference to the mental health of children and young people in their care. We will look at practical steps we can take to promote wellbeing in a school environment.

Teaching children and young people to emotionally regulate
Dr Karen Treisman will be providing an online training day on Thursday 16 June 2022, 9am - 3.30pm. In this session Karen will support staff from schools to learn the evidence-based approaches and interventions that we can take to support children and young people to learn to self-regulate their emotions. Cost: £60.

New Portsmouth SEMH guidance for children and young people

New guidance for children and young people's social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) has been developed. The new guidance has been designed to simplify the information that's out there and provide clear advice on where, how and when children and young people can access support for the mental health issue they are experiencing. It helps professionals and families to identify children's SEMH needs at the earliest opportunity and enable them to access the most appropriate support as soon as possible.

Guidance has been produced for a range of areas of concern and is tailored for children aged 5-11 and young people aged 11-16. It describes the different criteria for SEMH support services and the self-help resources available both locally and nationally.

The following PDF quick reference guides have been produced for professionals, parents and carers:

Introductory webinars are being held that will give an overview and walk through of the SEMH guidance. Anyone working with children and young people is welcome to attend. Click your chosen date below to register.

View the full guidance

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM - 6 February 2022

Sunday 6 February 2022 is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, a United Nations sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on 6 February as part of the UN’s efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM).

Female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision is the term for procedures which involve the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs, or injury to the female genital organs, for cultural, religious, social, or other non-medical reasons within families and communities.

In the UK, FGM is recognised as child abuse and a crime. Anyone found to be guilty of an FGM offence, including aiding and abetting an offence to take place, faces up to 14 years in prison. It is unlawful for any UK National, or permanent UK resident to:

  • carry out the act itself
  • assist or arrange for a female to be taken abroad for the purpose of FGM
  • assist a female to mutilate her own genitalia
  • fail to protect a female from FGM.

The duty requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers to report known cases of FGM, under 18-year-olds, to the police. However, there is still a safeguarding duty to share with Children’s Social Care if information indicates there is a strong possibility this is going to be performed on a child or young person.

For more information, resources and training please see these useful links:

Mental Health Support Team (MHST) forum for education staff

Education staff are invited to attend Solent NHS Trust's MHST forum on Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 4.15pm. The forum will provide an opportunity to discuss updates about the service and learn and support each other by sharing good practice. The focus for the session will be the 5P's.


  • 4.15pm - 4.30pm: Welcome and MHST updates
  • 4.30pm - 4.45pm: Breakout rooms discussion - reflections on last term and feedback
  • 4.45pm - 5pm: 5P's presentation
  • 5pm - 5.20pm: Partner updates - Stuart McDowell, Sarah Christopher

This will be a virtual event for all education staff members to attend. To attend, use the Zoom link.

If you have any questions, please email

Talking to children about online sexual harassment

The Children's Commissioner has published a new guide for parents on how to talk to children about online sexual harassment.

The guide includes tips from young people about how parents can open up earlier conversations about sexual harassment, nudes, sexualised bullying, photo editing, body image and peer pressure.

Conversation starters are provided along with lists of organisations for further help and support.

Download the guide

Veg Power programme returns


Veg Power's programme to get kids to eat more vegetables returns in February 2022. They have resources fully funded and reserved for schools in Portsmouth should you wish to take part.

Their award-winning Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign in 2021 reached 467,518 kids in 1,828 primary schools. 84% of schools reported that their children ate more vegetables, 66% noticed a reduction in waste and 93% asked to return again next year. They are returning in February 2022, with a £3m TV advertising campaign and a programme in schools for 1 million children.

To find out more, watch a video about the campaign, or read a document explaining the programme in schools.

Next steps:
It only take five minutes to register your school. If you have further questions, please email

Dates for your diary

17 - 21 January 2022
Portsmouth Aspirations Week
Find out more

24 January 2022
PSTA and PEP EdTech webinar | 4pm - 5pm | Book your place

25 January 2022
Primary music coordinators meeting | 4.15pm - 5.15pm | Book your place

MHST forum for education staff | 4.15pm - 5.20pm | Zoom link

27 January 2022
Deep dive into computing (secondary) | 4pm - 5pm | Book your place

31 January 2022
ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting | 4pm

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