PEP Bulletin w/c 28 March 2022

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30 March 2022

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Preparing for study, work and life

Get Inspired Portsmouth

Careers opportunity for years 6 - 9

Get Inspired Portsmouth will be returning to Portsmouth Guildhall on Tuesday 7 June 2022. This event gives pupils the chance to explore different career options and get a practical insight into the world of work. This year there will be a focus on a transition event for year 6 as they prepare to move to secondary school. The event is also open to years 7 - 9 to help them explore career options for the future.

It is free to attend, although spaces are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If your pupils wish to attend, please complete the online booking form.

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

The new NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors) 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 follows a syllabus that is both practical and theoretical. This is split 50/50 with hand-on activities delivered at the Andrew Simpson Centre and classroom-led sessions at Bayhouse Sixth Form. Students do not need any prior experience in watersports to enrol on the course and support with transport can be available if necessary.

There is a taster day for interested students (year 10 or 11) on Wednesday 6 April 2022, 10am - 3pm at the Andrew Simpson Centre. The taster day is an opportunity to try land and water-based activities and find out more about the course. Course tutors will be on hand to answer any questions.

Register now

Leadership, recruitment and retention

Get ready to complete the Teach Portsmouth annual survey

Teach Portsmouth

Portsmouth schools are invited to take part in the annual Teach Portsmouth survey which is collecting information based on the academic year 2020-2021. The survey will help us gain a better understanding of how we can help Portsmouth schools recruit teachers, as well as informing future teacher recruitment and retention campaigns. The data collected will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside the council.

Colleagues are asked to coordinate and return only one survey response per school. To ensure we develop Teach Portsmouth to meet the needs of our schools, it is vital that as many schools as possible respond to the survey.

To take part simply click the button below and complete the survey by Friday 6 May 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact

Complete the survey

Curriculum and CPD

Have you ever wanted to learn British Sign Language?

Portchester Community School are offering an introduction to sign language course run by experienced and qualified signers. The exciting six-week course will run from 25 April – 6 June 2022 on Monday evenings, 6pm - 8pm. Please note, there will be no evening class on 2 June due to it being a Bank Holiday.

British Sign Language

The course will include:

  • Basic signing skills
  • Deaf awareness

All in a relaxed and inclusive environment for the cost of £80.

For enquiries and more information please contact

Teaching children and young people to emotionally regulate with Karen Treisman

Sigma training

Sigma Teaching School are pleased to announce that Dr Karen Treisman will be providing an online training day on Thursday 16 June 2022 which will be free for staff from Portsmouth schools to attend.

Karen Treisman, MBE, is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist and trauma specialist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s social services for several years. She also is the author of 11 books/workbooks, including the bestselling book, 'The therapeutic treasure box' and of five sets of therapeutic card decks.

In this online training day, Karen will support staff from schools to learn the evidence-based approaches and interventions that we can take to support children and young people to learn to self-regulate their emotions.

Book now

STEM Learning Awards 2022

Nominations for this year's STEM Learning Teaching Awards and STEM Inspiration Awards close on Monday 11 April 2022.

The STEM Learning Teaching Awards, supported by the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust, recognise the very best in STEM teaching.

The STEM Inspiration Awards celebrate the individuals and employers who offer their time and expertise to support young people exploring a STEM career.

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Sea Angling Classic 2022

Portsmouth is set to host the inaugural Sea Angling Classic this summer, with events across Guildhall Square and a boat parade leading up to the two-day competition on Friday 17 June and Saturday 18 June 2022.

The organisers are looking to involve local school children to assist at the launch with the Lord Mayor on Wednesday 15 June 2022 and the opening parade with marching bands and the closing prize-giving on Sunday 19 June 2022. It will be televised on BT Sport with press attending.

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with Ali at or call 07766 584746 to sign up.

Raring to Row Atlantic - opportunity for schools

Team Raring to Row are taking on the huge challenge of rowing unassisted 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2022, raising much needed funds for the children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The team is keen to make schools aware of this challenge and are willing to bring the boat they will be using into schools to talk about the challenge.

They are also launching a competition to design the wrap for the rudder. There will be three categories: infant, junior and secondary. The designs of the selected finalists will be exhibited at the Corner Collective on Albert Road and voted on. The theme is 'rowing the Atlantic'.

The winner will be offered a trip out on the water with a guardian in the actual boat and will see the design being photographed during a mid ocean clean!

For more details please contact Kevin Watkins at or 07800 766632.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Portsmouth anti-racism toolkit for schools, colleges and early years settings

Following the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the increasing concerns around the plight of refugees, we are launching the much needed Portsmouth anti-racism toolkit for schools, colleges and early years settings.

Watch an introductory video from Destiny Kennedy, Portsmouth's Member of Youth Parliament. The toolkit explains why anti-racist work is important and contains strategies and resources to use in and outside the classroom.

Anti-racism toolkit

A lesson plan and resources, produced by James Jarrett from The Portsmouth Academy, uses the stories of local Black people to explore: what is racism and how we can be anti-racist? The local stories are part of the work of the Portsmouth Black History Project. These resources are shared with thanks.

Two copies of the toolkit will be sent to all heads. In addition, training is available to support the implementation of the toolkit. This is ideally delivered as a half-day, whole staff, onsite session. If you would like further hard copies of the toolkit or to book in training for this, or next academic year, please contact There is currently no cost to schools for the training or the hard copies of the toolkit.

Ramadan 2022 resources

The Islamic festival of Ramadan begins for many young people on Saturday 2 April 2022 and runs until Sunday 1 May 2022. To support young people in school during this time, a selection of useful resources has been published on the Safe4Me website.

Find out more

Transition workshops for year 6 students

Kooth, an online counselling and emotional wellbeing service, is offering a series of workshops to help support year 6 students with the transition to secondary school.

The team will discuss helpful techniques, coping strategies, self-care and more.


The free workshops are for school classes to join via their teacher and will be delivered on Zoom throughout June.

You can register for a workshop through the link below. Space is limited and booking is recommended as soon as possible.

Find out more

LA updates

Unaccompanied refugee children seeking safety in Portsmouth

Due to instability in their home countries, the number of unaccompanied refugee children travelling to the UK and seeking safety in the Portsmouth area continues to rise.

Foster Portsmouth need more foster carers who can help us meet the needs of these vulnerable children and young people arriving from around the world.

Learn more

Unaccompanied minors

Dates for your diary

31 March 2022
EIS school data manager meeting | 10am - 11.30am
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6 April 2022
Portsmouth primary history network | 4pm - 5pm
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