PEP Bulletin w/c 14 February 2022

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16 February 2022

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Preparing for study, work and life

Free iCAN training opportunity for careers and pastoral staff

This training will help staff to utilise the motivational iCAN programme to support young people with planning for their future progression. The programme comes with a wide range of free resources which can be accessed via the Windmills Foundation website.

For further information, please contact

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors)

Do you know about the exciting and action packed new NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors) in Portsmouth? This course gives students a career pathway for the marine and maritime industry – combining hands on watersports coaching up to instructor level with classroom based discussion and workshops. The course comprises 50% practical delivered at the Andrew Simpson Centre and 50% classroom delivered at Bayhouse Sixth Form.

Students do not need any prior experience in watersports to enrol on the course. Support with transport can be available if necessary.

There is an open evening at the watersports centre (Eastern Road) on Wednesday 2 March 2022, 4pm - 8pm. All interested parties are welcome to the open evening, just register your place.

Find out more

Hampshire Youth Network

A celebration of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by the young people of Hampshire

This year will mark the seventieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, and celebrations of this Platinum Jubilee are being planned across the country. The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, asked for a special event to be organised for the young people of the county, and a commemorative celebration is being planned to take place at Winchester Cathedral on Friday 20 May 2022, 7.30pm - 8.15pm with the procession ‘form up’ at 6.30pm.

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to attend, but special arrangements will be made by the uniformed organisations for a procession which everyone can join.

If you would like to take part, please register your interest by Saturday 2 April 2022. Further information and confirmation of the number of places allocated to you will follow by the end of April. Please note that a large response is expected so numbers may need to be controlled according to any government restrictions in place at the time and in the interests of safety.

If you would like to be added to the direct mailing list for this event, please contact Martin Rudd, Seniors Chair, Hampshire Youth Network at

School improvement

Mary Rose Academy achieves 'outstanding' for fourth time

Mary Rose Academy, a special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities and medical conditions, has been awarded outstanding status by Ofsted for a fourth, consecutive time.

The school in Gisors Road, Southsea, caters for pupils aged 2-19, and is the founding school of Solent Academies Trust, which operates three further special schools in Portsmouth.

Ofsted judged Mary Rose Academy outstanding across all areas of its rigorous inspection framework. Praising the school’s “exceptionally high quality” of education and “ambitious and well-designed curriculum”, it called its leaders “aspirational”.

Inspectors also found that the school “excels in meeting pupils’ differing needs,” with “the highest expectations for pupils” and staff who are “committed to developing pupils’ independence” and “prepare pupils exceptionally well for their future lives.”

More information, including a photo of the school's celebrations, can be found on the Mary Rose Academy website.

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Senior leadership development and succession planning - save the date!

In response to requests from local senior leaders, the PEP has established a steering group with a view to initiating a deputy/assistant headteacher network group beginning with a launch event on the afternoon of Tuesday 17 May 2022. If you value your senior leaders and succession planning for school leadership in Portsmouth, please share this information with all deputies and assistant heads and encourage them to save the date! The afternoon aims to include networking, CPD and wellbeing, with an agenda and more details to follow.

To support building contacts, deputies and assistant heads are invited to add their details to the relevant tab on the spreadsheet already set up for SEMH schools partnership contacts.

Please contact Sarah Christopher, PEP and school inclusion manager for any queries or further information in the first instance:

Curriculum and CPD

Sketchup and 3D design workshop

Get hands on experience with Sketchup, a free 3D design tool used in the design technology curriculum as CAD and in the computing curriculum to add to the variety of software pupils use. The workshop will be held on Thursday 24 March 2022, 3.30pm - 5.30pm.

If you can get Sketchup installed so that teachers can have a go, that would be great - you need the 2017 ‘make’ version (free).

Find out more

PGS Ports Fest

Ports Fest 'selfie station' project opportunity

Schools are invited to take part in creating a ‘selfie station’ that will form part of a trail of 10 across Portsmouth. This trail aims to publicise the pupil voice and showcase their creativity to help Portsmouth to ‘Remember, Reimagine, Reignite’ (the Ports Fest theme) after a difficult few years. This will be achieved by the public reading the message on the ‘selfie station’ that the pupils have designed for the city, based on their interpretation of the Ports Fest theme, admiring their creative design, and interacting with it by taking memorable photographs with it. There will be QR codes to link the public back to your school. The trail will be put in place for the duration of Ports Fest which runs from 30 June to 3 July.

There is no financial cost to your school to take part. To create your ‘selfie station’ you will need a dedicated member of staff to oversee and supervise the project and a group of enthusiastic young people (at least 6) from years 5-8. Your staff member will be provided with training by Pauline McNamara from ‘Twist of Creativity’ in how to produce beautiful signs. This will enable the pupil message to have real impact due to the high quality of the lettering.

Following staff training, Pauline will work with pairs of schools to help them to physically produce their message. Schools will need to incorporate their sign into an installation to form a ‘selfie station’. The materials used can be wide ranging, and we would encourage the upcycling of pre-loved items! Pauline has access to pallet wood if required.

The ‘selfie stations’ will be installed in locations arranged by Ports Fest and by a team employed by Ports Fest. They would be maintained by the landowners and Ports Fest for the duration of the festival, and any risk would be covered by Ports Fest insurance and public liability.

If you would like more information, or to express your interest in taking part, please contact Fiona Nicholson at The Portsmouth Grammar School:

RSE sexuality training

Solent NHS Trust are providing free RSE sexuality training on Wednesday 16 March 2022, 9.30am - 12.30pm, which aims to increase awareness of matters facing young people who are LGBTQIA+ or uncertain about their sexuality and/or gender identity.

Participants ​will:

  • Recognise their own attitudes and values in relation to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community
  • Identify issues facing LGBT young people
  • Evaluate what it means to be young and gay
  • Explore how homophobia affects LGBT young people
  • Develop an action plan to promote diversity within their working environment and professional practice

Find out more

Rediscover libraries

Portsmouth libraries offer more than just books

Portsmouth libraries has launched a brand-new website which includes information on the range of resources available to both children and adults.

Parents can find information on the popular Rhyme Time, Story Time and craft sessions, as well as details on reading challenges and how to access free e-books and audiobooks for the whole family to enjoy. The online catalogue is available to browse, and includes an extensive range of children's books.

You can also find useful information on how to book a class visit, the opening times of all nine libraries across the city, plus the home library and mobile library services.

Find out more

Stories for social understanding

Thursday 10 March 2022, 9am - 12pm, Training and Learning Centre

Stories for social understanding are about broadening understanding of social situations and reducing anxiety. They take a concept or a situation and break it down into very factual and accurate statements which combine to make a story. Commonly used for children and adults with social communication difficulties and additional needs. The stories are personalised for individuals so can look very different on the surface but there is a series of rules which need to be followed to write an effective and true story for social understanding.

Book your place via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway (course code SCH/22/24).

Upcoming HISP Teaching School Hub events

An afternoon with Tom Bennett | 14 March 2022, 2pm - 3.30pm
HISP Teaching School Hub are delighted to be hosting this talk by Tom Bennett. Tom is the Independent Behaviour Advisor for the DfE and founder of ResearchEd. He is an author of four books on teacher-training, behaviour management, and educational research, including ‘Running the room - the teacher’s guide to behaviour’. This event is for teachers and middle leaders of all phases.

An afternoon with Marc Rowland | 6 April 2022, 2pm - 3.30pm
This is an opportunity to hear from pupil premium expert Marc Rowland. Marc is an advisor to the DfE on pupil premium, is a recognised expert and author on how best to meet the needs of children most at risk of underachieving. This event is for headteachers, senior leaders and those with responsibility for pupil/catch-up premium funding.

EEF effective learning behaviours programme

HISP Research School are running the EEF's 'Effective learning behaviours' programme from this 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.

More information, including a short information video about the programme can be found on the HISP Research School website. At the moment the plans are for a blended approach, but this will be regularly reviewed dependent on COVID-19 restrictions and the locality of schools signing up to the programme.

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

Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth Young Carers Service: Primary, secondary and college young carers network meetings

This term's young carers network meetings are taking place on Microsoft Teams on:

  • Secondary and college meeting: Tuesday 9 March 2022, 3.45pm - 4.45pm
  • Primary meeting: Wednesday 10 March 2022, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

The agenda for this term's meetings will include:

  • An update from Portsmouth Young Carers Service
  • Shared exploration of a young carers case study
  • An opportunity for participants to network and share ideas to support young carers in school and college

To book your place, please email:

LGBT+ History Month 2022 resources

To help you promote diversity and inclusion with your settings, the Safe4me website has a collection of useful resources dedicated to LGBT+ History Month.

Find out more

LA updates

LGBT+ month

Celebrating our LGBT+ foster carers

Foster Portsmouth celebrates the diversity of our dedicated team of foster carers.

We'll be marking LGBT+ History Month this February and LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week from 7 March by recognising the efforts of our foster carers from the LGBT+ community, and their contribution to the care of vulnerable children and young people in the Portsmouth area.

We're taking the opportunity this year to raise awareness of the national shortage of foster carers, and to tackle any remaining myths that may prevent those from the LGBT+ community from exploring fostering as a route to building a family life.

Discover more

Lose weight and get active: choose your way

If you're struggling to reach your healthy weight or get more active, we can help. Our free Bounce Back Healthy Weight programme is still accepting participants and you can choose to a virtual group and join from the comfort of home, or face to face sessions at a leisure centre near you. The virtual programme starts on Wednesday 9 March, 10am - 11.30am via Zoom, and the face to face programme start dates from 28-31 March. You'll need to be over 18 with a with a BMI of 25-35, live in Portsmouth and ready to commit to a 12-week programme. You'll get all the support and encouragement you need to achieve your health goals.

Find out more

Dates for your diary

1-28 February 2022
LGBT+ History Month

10 March 2022
Stories for social understanding | Training and Learning Centre | 9am - 12pm
Book via Portsmouth Learning Gateway

24 March 2022
Sketchup and 3D design workshop | 3.30pm- 5.30pm
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