PEP Bulletin w/c 21 March 2022

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23 March 2022

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Leadership, recruitment and retention

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Hurry! Nominations close on Monday 28 March

If you haven't nominated a superstar teacher, support team or head teacher in your school or college, your time is almost up!

Online nominations for the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 close on Monday 28 March. We would like to clarify a few things you might not know…

  • If it's challenging to find the time to nominate, you don't need to submit staff in all 9 categories. You might have a particular category you want to nominate someone in. Just choose what you can manage.
  • You can delegate the job of nominating to a member of your school team. All we ask is that nominations are co-ordinated and that we receive one submission per school.
  • All long service award recipients receive an award and recognition for their work - this category doesn't get shortlisted.

Without your nominations, the awards would not be possible. Nominate a superstar colleague today!

Nominate your colleagues

Curriculum and CPD

Wessex primary history conference

Booking is now open for the annual primary history conference on Monday 16 May 2022. This face-to-face conference for primary history subject leaders will explore local and national issues, showcase excellent practice and feature keynote speakers and a choice of workshops.

The confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Tim Jenner, History Subject Lead (Curriculum Unit) and Her Majesty's Inspector (Schools) at Ofsted
  • Tom Palmer, writer of historical children's fiction

Price: Sub £270 / SLA £90 / Full £324

Book your place via the Learning Zone using the keywords: Wessex history.

School improvement

Living Difference IV update

Living Difference IV is the Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

A minor amend has been made to the syllabus, and the latest version can be found on the Hampshire County Council website. Please ensure you are linking to the correct version from your school website.

Phonics beyond KS1 - Applying phonics in KS2 for spelling

Are you a KS2 teacher who is interested in using children’s knowledge of phonics to support their spelling?

Phonics is central to reading in KS1, and children leave year 2 with a wealth of knowledge. We are looking for some KS2 teachers to work with us on small-scale research to see how we can support children in making links and connections with phonics that will help their spelling.

Phonics in 5

We have put together a word bank resource for people to trial. It can be used in lots of different ways. Some examples include:

  • Finding examples of the phonic pattern in texts
  • Using the word bank alongside existing spelling teaching
  • Directly referring to spelling patterns to support AfL
  • Creating spelling mats for alternative spelling patterns

We will be working with the University of Portsmouth Education, Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ERIC) team to write some case studies to share with other KS2 colleagues.

To find out more, please contact Becky Hussey at

A twilight will be hosted at Cottage Grove Primary School on Tuesday 26 April 2022, 4pm - 5pm. Natalie Wilcox (St Jude’s C of E Primary) and Rob Webster and Sophie Hall (ERIC) will be there to discuss your ideas.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage

The Police and Crime Commissioner and Hampshire Constabulary have written to schools, asking for your support and awareness in helping to identify and protect young girls who may be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage (FM) throughout the year but specifically over the school holidays.

Read the full letter here.

If you would like more information about FGM awareness training, please contact

Healthy relationships workshops

Stop Domestic Abuse are hosting free face-to-face workshops for secondary schools (years 8 - 10), providing education and encouraging healthy debate in a safe environment with specialist workers, covering:

  • Healthy relationships and friendships
  • The impact of peer pressure
  • Consent
  • Inappropriate sexualised behaviours
  • Nudes and the law

To register, please complete the online form.

Safe Choices = Safe Streets competition for colleges

Hampshire Constabulary education team are pleased to announce the 2022 competition for students in their first year in sixth form and Further Education colleges.

Students will be asked to create a campaign that delivers key messages to their peers on at least one of the following areas:

  • Safe people and relationships
  • Safe actions, behaviours and consequences
  • Personal safety and safe communities
  • Safe situations

To enter, a nominated member of staff needs to register for the competition by completing the registration form. The link for the form can be found in the staff guidance pack.

Update from Portsmouth Young Carers Service

We're sending out a big thank you to all schools and colleges who did something to celebrate Young & Young Adult Carers Action Day 2022 last week. We've had feedback from some schools and colleges and activities included:

  • The creation of a young carers noticeboard in a school
  • Named young carers ambassadors joining the school council - who will also be creating and delivering a young carers assembly soon
  • Sharing the young carers PowerPoint presentations that were sent to all schools and colleges during assemblies and class/tutor groups
  • A special after college event for young carers - with a plan to continue these in the future
  • Plans to link in with other local schools to coordinate support for young carers and to share good practice
  • Sharing information about young carers on a schools Facebook page.

Of course, we need to ensure that young carers are being supported throughout the year and hope that the above activities will provide you with some ideas to support the development of your school/college young carers offer.

New leaflet explaining our service
Our new leaflet, explaining our ethos and offer for young carers and professionals can be found here. Please share it with staff, families, and other professionals. We'd welcome your feedback on its content and layout.

With best wishes,
The Portsmouth Young Carers Service Team

For more information about the free support that we can offer Portsmouth schools and colleges, please contact

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Neurodiversity Celebration Week (21 - 27 March)

Neurodiversity Celebration Week takes place from 21 - 27 March 2022. It is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.

The Neurodiversity Celebration Week website has a range of resources for schools, students and parents, to help you get involved.

For information about the local support available, visit the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer website.

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

Bookings now open for HAF Fun Pompey's Easter programme

HAF Fun Pompey bookings are now open! The programme offers families with children and young people the chance to sign up to jam-packed activity days of sports clubs, cooking classes, arts workshops and more. The programme runs from Monday 11 to Friday 22 April 2022 and is open to all those aged 5-16 years old.

This Easter there are over 4,000 free funded spaces available to those who receive benefits-related free school meals and some providers offer a range of pay as you go spaces too.

HAF Fun Pompey

The youth portion of the programme, which caters to the 11–16-year-olds offers a more grown-up range of activities such as climbing, coding workshops and social activities. These activity days are a great way for young people to make new friendships whilst keeping active, entertained and connected during the holidays.

HAF Fun Pompey sessions must be booked in advance. For more information, including on how to book or to sign-up to the HAF Fun Pompey newsletter, visit the PYC website.

We are able to accept professional referrals for families who are not FSM eligible but deemed vulnerable. If any school staff identify a non-FSM family who would benefit from funded spaces during the Easter holidays, please contact the HAF team at to complete a referral form.

Please encourage families to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Dates for your diary

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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