PEP Bulletin w/c 28 February 2022

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3 March 2022

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Early years

Non-statutory EYFS moderation

The early years advisory team are offering non-statutory moderation visits for year R teachers this academic year. The visits will take place in the summer term.

This is an ideal opportunity for schools with ECT and new to year R staff to engage in professional dialogue, to explore the new early learning goals (ELGs) and consider the judgements being made for your year R cohorts. The visits can last up to three hours and there will be a £150 cost.

Please email if you would like to book a moderation visit. We will be working on a first come first served basis and can support up to eight schools across the city this year.

EYFS profile training
We are also offering free training on the new EYFS profile for 2022. The following dates are bookable via the Early Years and Childcare website:

  • Monday 9 May 2022, 9am - 12pm
  • Wednesday 11 May, 2022, 1pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 17 May 2022, 1pm - 4pm

This will be an opportunity to work with other year R teachers across the city to discuss the new ELGs and consider the learning and development of the children in your year R cohort.

The EY advisory team will give an overview of the EYFS profile handbook and the statutory requirements for completion of the profile. We hope to have the national exemplification materials at this time which will support you in understanding the national benchmark for the expected level of development.

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Nominations now open for Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Get ready to nominate your superstar colleagues as online nominations are now open for the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022. There are 9 award categories you can nominate in:

  • Innovation in teaching award - sponsored by Gunwharf Quays
  • Creativity award - sponsored by HSDC
  • Inclusion and diversity award - sponsored by City of Portsmouth College (Highbury College & Portsmouth College)
  • Community and collaboration award - sponsored by Mountjoy
  • Unsung hero award - sponsored by The Thinking Schools Academy Trust
  • Outstanding contribution award - sponsored by Kier
  • New teacher of the year award - sponsored by the University of Portsmouth
  • Teaching assistant of the year award - sponsored by Caterlink
  • Long service award - sponsored by the National Education Union

How do I nominate colleagues?
Nominations for the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 are submitted using an online form. Please be aware that our online form does not save entries as you go. You can download a Word document template to draft your nominations before transferring them to the form. Online nominations will close on Monday 28 March 2022.

Who can nominate colleagues?
Senior leaders are reminded that we will only accept one nomination per school/college. We appreciate how busy everyone is right now and understand it might be challenging for senior leaders to nominate colleagues themselves.

While it is important we receive one submission per school or college, senior colleagues can delegate this job to someone else. It is vital that whoever you choose should be the main point of contact moving forwards.

If you have any questions, please contact

Nominate now

Curriculum and CPD

Upcoming events from Park House Computing Hub

  • Computing curriculum health check: a completely free, one hour review of your computing provision in your primary or secondary school, and assistance with developing a world class computing curriculum.
    Find out more
  • Primary programming and algorithms (remote)
    Thursday 5 May 2022, 2.30pm - 4pm
    Find out more
  • Primary computing coordinator network meeting (remote)
    Wednesday 11 May 2022, 3.45pm - 4.45pm
    Find out more
  • Assessment of primary computing (Winchester)
    Tuesday 24 May 2022, 10am - 3.30pm
    Find out more
  • Foundation knowledge for computing: developing creative and contextual approaches (various dates, March - June 2022)
    This computer science accelerator course provides teachers of KS2 and KS3 the opportunity to develop subject knowledge and apply this to creative and innovative cross-curricular activities. During this course you will receive examples and lesson resources to use in your own classroom.
    Find out more

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting - 

Making assessment achievable and accessible

ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub logo

The next Association for Language Learning (ALL) Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting will take place on Thursday 17 March 2022 from 4pm at The Training and Learning Centre, Manor Road, PO1 5LB (behind Portsmouth Academy). Refreshments will be available from 3.45pm and the meeting should finish by 5.15pm at the latest.

In this session, Marie Allen will reprise her presentation from last year’s primary languages conference. Marie will present practical and workable ideas and resources from her first-hand experience as a languages teacher and leader in the key stage 2 classroom.

As always, this is intended to be an informal and supportive session and we hope that colleagues will feel comfortable about sharing their ideas and experiences of assessment in primary languages lessons.

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact

Emotional health and wellbeing

Ukraine: support and guidance for parents, carers and teachers

The war in Ukraine is obviously at the forefront of everyone's minds at the moment. Karen Thomas from the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) has provided some key points to draw your attention regarding some of our children, and staff, who may be finding it tougher than usual.

Useful links to advice, guidance and resources for parents, carers and teachers are also available.

Read more

#LookCloser to spot and report signs of exploitation

The next #LookCloser awareness period will be running between 7 - 20 March 2022.

#LookCloser is a partnership campaign between The Children's Society, the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and the British Transport Police that aims to raise awareness of child exploitation and abuse, with a particular focus on public spaces. The campaign also seeks to challenge stereotypes of victimhood, highlighting that child exploitation can happen anywhere, and any young person can be a victim.

Digital resources are available for use from 7 March 2022, including brand new resources for professionals on child financial exploitation and online harms.

Find out more

Female genital mutilation (FGM) awareness training

Marie Costa, Chair of the African Women's Forum will be delivering FGM awareness training on behalf of the Portsmouth Harmful Practices Group. This training is aimed at staff working in schools.

It will be delivered virtually on Wednesday 23 March 2022, 3.30pm - 5pm, with an opportunity for questions and discussion. The training session will cover:

  • FGM definition
  • Prevalence and reasons
  • Risk factors and indicators
  • Challenges for the children
  • FGM and the law
  • Fulfilling your duties

Places can be booked via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway (course code: SCH/22/23).

Domestic abuse combined training

Stop Domestic Abuse is holding a domestic abuse combined training day on Wednesday 23 March 2022, 9.30am - 4.30pm. The training will be delivered virtually and is designed for any professional working with the public or those at risk of domestic abuse.

The training aims to:  

  • Define what domestic abuse is
  • Define what domestic abuse looks like for victims, perpetrators, children and professionals
  • Increase knowledge and challenge stereotypes of victims, perpetrators, children and professionals
  • Identify types of relationships and perpetrators
  • Support you in engaging with your service users
  • Strengthen understanding of the referral pathway
  • Assist with effective safety planning and its application to your practice

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please email your details to

KS2 wellbeing toolkit

A KS2 wellbeing toolkit from City of Wolverhampton Council has been awarded the PSHE Association's Quality Mark for PSHE education resources.

This free-to-download toolkit supports pupils to understand the importance of taking care of their mental health and offers them key knowledge alongside practical skills and strategies. It includes six upper key stage 2 lesson plans with PowerPoint slides as well as teacher guidance and accompanying resources. The content in each lesson aims to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills in a developmental and practical way.

Activities provide opportunities for pupils to apply their learning and to identify different strategies they can use, including problem solving skills and handling emotions to help develop their resilience.

Visit the PSHE Association website to download the toolkit.

Free webinars: Tackling sexual abuse and harassment in schools

Join the Department for Education and subject experts for a series of three 90-minute webinars to support high quality delivery of relationships, sex and health education (RSHE). The webinars will focus on three important topics:

  • Domestic abuse: Wednesday 2 March 2022, 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Pornography: Wednesday 9 March 2022, 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sexual exploitation: Wednesday 16 March 2022, 4pm - 5.30pm

These events will provide an opportunity for teachers, teaching assistants, designated safeguarding leads, SENCOs and PSHE leads in schools and local authorities to hear from experts who will share their knowledge and experience of delivering these sensitive topics in the classroom. 

Register now

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 8 March 2022, 3.45pm - 4.45pm
  • Primary meeting: Wednesday 9 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

Survey: Reporting someone missing

The charity Missing People are running a survey to gain insight into experiences of reporting people as missing, to inform national guidance. The survey is for anyone who is responsible for the care of children, young people or adults; or who works with children, young people or adults who have been reported missing.

The charity is seeking to understand people’s experiences of reporting someone as missing to the police and whether there are any changes needed to practice. This is specifically about the point of reporting when carers/families/professionals first contact the police, not about the ongoing missing investigation.

If you have experience of reporting anyone as missing or working with those who have, please complete the short survey.

Complete the survey

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Local Offer SEND survey

Young people with SEND can share their views on services

There's still time for young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to have their say on the services and support available in Portsmouth, by taking part in our annual survey in collaboration with Dynamite Portsmouth. The responses will be used to shape future services for young people and their families.

The survey is open until 4pm on Friday 25 March 2022.

Complete the survey online via the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer website, or request paper copies by emailing

Complete the survey

LA updates

Recycling survey newsletters

Thank you to those who completed our recycling survey a few weeks ago. We are delighted so many of you would like our support to expand recycling at your school.

The respondents will receive periodic newsletters from Portsmouth City Council's waste and recycling services until the end of the academic school year. These will be filled with ideas to increase recycling, reduce waste and to involve the children as well.

If you haven't filled out the survey but would like to receive the newsletters, please email


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 March 2022
Maths Hub network | 3.45pm - 4.45pm

9 March 2022
Portsmouth primary history network | 4pm - 5pm
Find out more

10 March 2022
Pastoral network (special guest: Dr Pooky Knightsmith) | 4pm - 5.30pm
Find out more

23 March 2022
FGM awareness training | 3.30pm - 5pm
Find out more

24 March 2022
Stories for social understanding | Training and Learning Centre | 9am - 12pm
Find out more

Sketchup and 3D design workshop | 3.30pm- 5.30pm
Find out more

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