PEP Bulletin w/c 14 March 2022

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16 March 2022

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Preparing for study, work and life

New Unloc opportunities

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Inspiring Change Programme
An 8-month programme for 15-19 year olds which involves four immersive weekends, with the first one being an overnight residential. Young people will get the chance to plan and deliver a social action project which tackles youth violence in their local community!

As part of the programme, in their teams they can bid for funding of between £1000 - £3000 to support their project with ongoing support and monthly check ins from the staff. Each of the weekends will allow young people to meet new friends, develop their skillset and learn from other young people about prominent issues of youth violence in their community.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25 March 2022
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Portsmouth Young Changemakers Incubator
A weekend-based personal development opportunity for young people aged 11-17 looking to create change in the world. Over the course of four months, they will work with leadership experts to develop skills and knowledge on how to create change. They will get together with other young leaders for one weekend each month to develop plans and learn new skills with the aim of implementing a project or campaign.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25 March 2022
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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Update from Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Get ready to nominate your superstar colleagues - Be quick! Nominations close on Monday 28 March

Have you nominated a staff member yet? Tell us who deserves recognition in your school or college by nominating them in the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022.   

Visit the nominations page and use our simple online form to submit your colleague's details. You can download a Word document template which allows you to edit your entries before transferring it into the form.

If you do not have capacity to nominate colleagues before the deadline, you can delegate this to another senior team member. We want to remind colleagues that you aren't required to nominate in all categories. Choose the categories you want to nominate in.

For more information on nominating, please visit the Teach Portsmouth website.

Nominate now

Last chance to tell us about recruitment of learning support assistants

Teach Portsmouth

The Teach Portsmouth team are looking at the issue of recruiting learning support roles in the city. You might recall a previous message asking primary, secondary and specialist schools to get in touch. This is the final call to those settings who are experiencing difficulty recruiting for these roles. We are asking representatives to answer four key questions:

  1. What are the issues around recruiting for a learning support assistant?
  2. What are the entry requirements/minimum qualifications needed for the role?
  3. What experience do they require?
  4. When do you recruit for these types of roles?

The team would welcome an informal conversation with a setting impacted by this shortage. We would like to thank colleagues who have responded already. This insight will be used to develop a campaign to meet the needs of local schools and academies in Portsmouth.

To share your feedback, please email

Curriculum and CPD

Literacy and transition

To support children’s literacy particularly at key transition points in their education, the PEP Early Language and Literacy Development Group have a workstream focused on this, building upon previous events and activities:

  • Read With Me – the 10 identified books for pre-school settings to share with children and be revisited in year R, will be implemented again this summer.
  • Year 6 Michael Morpurgo ‘Boy Giant’ inspirational book and webinar last summer will be followed this year by Ross Welford’s ‘When we got lost in dreamland’ with a transition literacy unit being developed by Sarah Hilditch and teachers from Copnor Primary and ALNS.
  • Moving up – the School Library Service year 2 to 3 suggested reading list of books being used to identify some particular key texts that could similarly inspire a transition reading and writing unit of learning.

If schools have any year 2 or 3 teachers who would like to be involved in this last piece of work, please get in touch with Debbie Anderson at or Sarah Hilditch at

Webinar - Moving up, moving on: Transition to key stage 1

The University of Chichester is delighted to welcome Julie Fisher for an informative and reflective webinar on Wednesday 30 March 2022, 9.30am - 12.30pm. The webinar is designed to enable reception and key stage 1 teachers, leaders and students to build on effective practice in the foundation stage as children make the transition into KS1.

Drawing on research and first hand examples, the session will revisit how children learn best at 5 and 6 years of age and the implications of this for effective teaching in the KS1 classroom.

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The Biggest PSHE Conference in the UK

Join HISP Teaching School Hub for the biggest PSHE conference in the UK on Thursday 30 June 2022 at Thornden Hall, Chandler's Ford.

This conference is aimed at PSHE leads/teachers and personal development leads, across both primary and secondary phases. The day will combine nationally recognised
expert speakers alongside workshops and a chance to network with other professionals.

Keynote speakers:

  • Roary Pownall (OFSTED HMI, National subject lead for PSHE/RSE/citizenship)
  • Jenny Fox (PSHE Association)
  • Stonewall
  • Kelly Allchin (@SMSAllchin and
  • Sarah Huggins (
  • Mushy Asghar from TV’s Educating Yorkshire

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Learning behaviours: Evidence information webinar series

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HISP Research School are running a set of free information webinars highlighting the key takeaways from the evidence base around supporting the effective learning behaviours of pupils:

  • Monday 4 April 2022: Effective learning behaviours 
  • Tuesday 26 April 2022: Metacognition and self-regulation 
  • Thursday 5 May 2022: Social and emotional learning (SEL) 
  • Monday 16 May 2022: SEN in mainstream schools  

All webinars will run from 3.45pm to 4.15pm.

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Portsmouth Music Services 2022/23

A reminder that Portsmouth Music Service's 'Service Level Agreements' are now live and available to complete on the Portsmouth Traded Services website.

The music provision on offer includes:

Portsmouth Music Hub
  • Instrumental and vocal teaching (individual and small group)
  • Curriculum music lessons
  • Whole class instrumental teaching (Getting Ready 4 Music; Ready 4 Music; Ready 4 More Music)
  • School ensembles and after school clubs
  • Portsmouth Music Programme
  • Bespoke music advice, training and workshops

The deadline to request music services for the 2022/23 school year is 31 March 2022.

For any queries regarding the services on offer contact the music service at

For any queries about using the traded services website please phone 023 9284 1023 or email

Free training with Sing Up

Sing Up are pleased to be offering a range of free, online training for all classroom teachers. These stand-alone sessions are available over a variety of dates during this academic year and Sing Up membership is not a requirement.

Sing Up

Sign up below or share with your staff teams: 

Getting started with Sing Up: quick hints and tips - four dates available, sign up here

Music curriculum with Sing Up: age-specific sessions - two dates available, sign up here

Getting back to singing: resources and ideas for each key stage - four dates available, sign up here

Emotional health and wellbeing

Young Carers Action Day 2022 (Wednesday 16 March)

It's estimated that there are currently around 800,000 young carers in the UK, with two or three in every class in every school. Young carers do an amazing job supporting their family. Being a young carer can be great, but sometimes it can be challenging too. It's important that young carers are identified, and their caring needs supported effectively.

  • Does everyone in your school/college know who young carers are?
  • How does your school/college identify and support your young carers?
  • How are you celebrating Young Carers Action Day? Please let us know as we'd love to share what's been happening in Portsmouth.

Young carers voices:

Please take a look at Portsmouth Carers Centre's Facebook page - and like the page and this week's Young Carers Action Day posts.

For more information about young carers, or to book training or discuss other TAW support from our team please contact:

Is This Love? - book a healthy relationships session now

A recent poll has suggested young people are still not receiving comprehensive and quality Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) since the subject became mandatory in September 2020. The survey undertaken by the Sex Education Forum has shown over a third (37%) of young people have learned nothing about ‘power imbalances in relationships’, and almost three in ten (29%) learned nothing about how to recognise grooming for sexual exploitation.

Portsmouth's Community Safety Partnership delivers an annual campaign to schools - ‘Is This Love?’ - to encourage discussion around healthy and unhealthy behaviours in relationships. For 2022, assemblies are being offered for year groups 9, 10 and 11. These will be delivered by Stop Domestic Abuse, our commissioned provider of Domestic Abuse services in Portsmouth. Accompanying lesson plan resources will also be provided and there will be the opportunity for confidential contact for pupils wishing to speak to someone post-assembly.

You can book for your school now - the preference would be for this to be in-person but they can also be offered in a virtual format - please contact

LA updates

Change to schools auditor

Please note that the schools auditor, Karen Gibbs, is retiring on 31 March 2022. From April 2022, any financial based queries should be directed to Rachel Cartwright (email: or phone: 02392 841609) or the internal audit shared mailbox (

Education Information Services school data meetings

The next school data manager meetings organised by Education Information Services (EIS) will take place towards the end of March. These meetings are aimed at staff responsible for data and statutory returns (including head teachers, finance officers, MIS managers or admin officers). They are of benefit to both new and to experienced colleagues.

The sessions will include school census updates, primary school attainment 2022 and other forthcoming data issues to ensure that schools are obtaining best value from the team. Sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 29 March (PM) or Thursday 31 March (AM).

Please book your session via the 'Training and events' area within the Portsmouth Traded Services website.

Attendance is free for schools that purchase the EIS SLA.

For further information, please email

Dates for your diary

23 March 2022
FGM awareness training | 3.30pm - 5pm
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24 March 2022
Stories for social understanding | Training and Learning Centre | 9am - 12pm
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Sketchup and 3D design workshop | 3.30pm- 5.30pm
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29 March 2022
EIS school data manager meeting | 2pm - 3.30pm
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Portsmouth primary English network | 3pm - 5pm
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31 March 2022
EIS school data manager meeting | 10am - 11.30am
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