PEP Bulletin w/c 24 January 2022

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26 January 2022

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Preparing for study, work and life

National Apprenticeship Week resources

National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 7 - 13 February 2022. The Southern Universities Network (SUN) has a range of apprenticeship resources available:

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Portsmouth & Solent Training Alliance school direct initial teacher training

New Year, new career? If you are thinking about a career in teaching then contact to book a place on a 'train to teach' event on Tuesday 15 February 2022.

Lisa Tai was a teaching assistant before she embarked on her school direct initial teacher training with the Portsmouth & Solent Training Alliance. Read what Lisa says about the Ofsted ‘outstanding' programme below.

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Volunteers wanted for the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 steering group

Teach Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth are inviting senior leaders to join the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 steering group. We are looking for representation from primary, secondary, post-16 and special settings.  

Volunteers will raise awareness about the event in meetings with other senior leaders, encouraging as many schools and colleges in Portsmouth to participate in this city-wide celebration. Representatives will also be part of the shortlisting panel to choose the winners in each award category.

Members of the steering group will be asked to attend three meetings and participate in the shortlisting panel on the following dates:

  • Meeting 1: Wednesday 9 February 2022, 3.30pm - 5pm
  • Meeting 2: Tuesday 29 March 2022, 1.30pm - 3pm
  • Meeting 3: Thursday 28 April 2022, 10.30am - 12pm
  • Shortlisting panel: Tuesday 5 April 2022 (Time TBC)

If you are interested in joining the steering group or would like more information, please email

Curriculum and CPD

Step Your Way – Encore

Free creative project for young people aged 11-25

Portsmouth Music Hub

How can the heritage of the past become popular and relevant today? What does the sailor’s hornpipe, tap dance and street dance mean to the youth of today?

Come and explore how rhythms in popular music and dance evolve over 200 years of maritime Portsmouth.

Age: 11-25 - for anyone who is passionate about music and discovering local heritage or enjoys making videos and taking photos

When: February - March 2022

Find out more and register


Portsmouth Music Hub celebrates Aspirations Week

Portsmouth Music Hub marked the climax of Portsmouth City Council's Aspirations Week with a fantastic concert by electric string trio, Cordelectra, for schools across the city on Friday 21 January at the New Theatre Royal. Check out a 3-minute video of the concert.

The full 45-minute concert is available to stream for free, up until February half term.

We hope that your children enjoy it!

Portsmouth Aspirations Week

Computing CPD and support

We would like to thank a further 10 schools who have contacted Phil Wickins regarding fully funded computing support (that is only available until the end of this academic year). If you wish to take up the offer of half a day’s worth of fully funded support for your computing curriculum, please get in touch with Phil Wickins (a subject matter expert for the National Centre for Computing Education) at

Support 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.

You can also meet and chat to Phil at the computing CPD events below:

  • Free online Scratch programming training - 16 February 2022, 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.
  • Leading primary computing (remote course) - 23 March, 29 March, 6 April 2022
    This course will help new computing coordinators to clarify their role and develop and implement a broad and balanced curriculum. Learn how best to lead the improvement of computing teaching and learning, and to provide professional support and development to others.
  • Assessment in primary computing - 24 May, all day, (Location: Winchester)
    This course aims to improve teachers’ knowledge of their pupils. Through a range of in-lesson and summative assessment approaches you will confidently evaluate learning in computing, in ways that complement teaching across all subjects. You’ll find out what is different about computing, ensuring that your assessment of programming knowledge and skills is accurate. You’ll also consider how to assess computational thinking – the key capability to solve problems using computers.
  • Outstanding primary computing for all - 16 June, all day, (Location: Winchester)
    You'll have time and support to consider how your school's computing curriculum would stand up to scrutiny, and how you can provide equitable and inspirational learning for every child in authentic, collaborative and engaging contexts. Delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.

Portsmouth museum's 500 Pompey Words writing competition is back!

Are you aged 11-16 and living in Portsmouth? Do you love creative writing?

Pick an object in the A-Z gallery at Cumberland House Natural History Museum, write a 500 word story, poem or play about it and you could win £75 in gift vouchers!

Deadline for entries is Friday 25 February 2022.

Prizes are awarded in memory of John and Ivy Guy-Hawthorne, supporters of Portsmouth’s museum service for many years.

Find out more

Language trends survey 2022

Language Trends, which started in 2002, is the British Council's annual survey of primary and secondary schools in England, designed to gather information about the situation for language teaching and learning.

Its aims are to assess the impact of policy measures in relation to languages and to analyse strengths and weaknesses based both on quantitative evidence and on views expressed by teachers.

The deadline for completing the survey has been extended to Friday 4 February 2022. The survey should take 15 minutes and the link to the survey can usually be obtained from the school office email account holder.

Problems finding the link and the school's unique reference number can be addressed by contacting

Emotional health and wellbeing

We Can Week (14 - 18 February 2022)

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 hopes to help schools in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight support children and young people.  #WeCanWeek is here to support those working with early years, primary and secondary school aged children.

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.

#WeCanWeek is a partnership between multiple organisations within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight coordinated by Energise Me. Partners have included those from local councils, Public Health, Hampshire SGO’s, Southern NHS Health and other local organisations.

Find out more

Introducing Unloc's Inspiring Change Roadshow, a free opportunity for students in year 5 - 9

Unloc is launching its 'Inspiring Change Roadshow', which is available to all primary and secondary schools in Portsmouth. This roadshow consists of one-day events which give select students a safe space to discuss youth violence, their experiences or their thoughts, meet new people from other backgrounds, take part in leading change workshops to know what it takes to become a changemaker, and using these conversations, inspire them to make a difference in their respective communities around the subject of youth violence.

What do my students get out of this?
Boost their skills development, the chance to network with peers from different schools and backgrounds, a chance to have their voice fed into a national programme and the opportunity to make a difference.

When is it?
The primary school date is Thursday 3 February 2022 and the secondary school date is Thursday 10 March 2022.

For more information, please email Katie at Unloc at

Safer Internet Day 2022 (Tuesday 8 February)

Computing At School, SafeToNet and Digital Schoolhouse have come together to produce a pack of resources for teachers which assists pupils to design a video game. This pack includes:

  • Activity plans
  • Four different activity worksheets in KS1, KS2 and KS3 formats
  • Links to additional resources and assemblies
  • Certificates to create a class or school challenge

Find out more

Online forum: Diversity, inclusion and equity in early education and parenting support

Wednesday 23 February 2022, 9am - 10.30am

The QUT Centre for Child and Family Studies and the University of Portsmouth are hosting a panel of six speakers representing the UK and Australia. The panel will come together to discuss:

  • The current big issues around diversity, inclusion and equity in relation to early education and / or parenting support?
  • What priority research / actions / approaches do we need to address these?
  • What kinds of workforce capabilities do we need to address these issues?

Find out more

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

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SEND young people's survey 2022

Portsmouth City Council, in collaboration with Dynamite Portsmouth, have launched their annual survey which invites young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to share their feedback on the services and support available in the city. The responses will be used to shape future services for young people and their families.

Complete the survey online or email to request paper copies.

LA updates

covid jab vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Portsmouth for easier access

Pop-up vaccination clinics are being held across Portsmouth for easier and more convenient access for everyone eligible to take up the offer of a COVID-19 jab.

To offer people an even wider range of opportunities to receive their first, second or booster vaccination, we are working with dedicated colleagues, partners and volunteers to run sessions in the heart of Portsmouth communities, including community centres, fire stations and stadiums.

See clinic dates

Dates for your diary

28 January 2022
Portsmouth primary English network | 3pm - 5pm

31 January 2022
ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting | 4pm

1 February 2022
Primary RE network meeting | 3.30pm - 5pm

7-11 February 2022
National Apprenticeship Week

16 February 2022
Free online Scratch programming training |3.30pm - 5pm

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