PEP Bulletin w/c 4 April 2022

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PEP Bulletin

6 April 2022

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Updates to the PEP bulletin

We've updated the sections in the bulletin to reflect the priorities of the Portsmouth education strategy, and to hopefully make it easier for you to find the information you need.

A new 'PEP priorities' section will feature information relating to the four key focus areas of year 2 of the education strategy: digital learning, peer review, improving literacy outcomes, and improving school attendance and reducing fixed term exclusions.

Other updates are now categorised within five new sections which reflect the layout of the PEP website:

  • Inclusion: emotional health and wellbeing, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • School improvement: leadership, curriculum, teacher recruitment and retention
  • Early years
  • Participation and progression: post-16 education, higher education and careers
  • Sufficiency and resources: school buildings and school places, infection control and health and safety

Below this information, you'll find a new section which contains all of the training opportunities being shared in the bulletin.

We've also added icons to each article so you can quickly see what they relate to.

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Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark (PIE QM)


The PIE QM is a free online tool to support leaders and governors of educational settings to recognise and develop their inclusive practice for all members of the community they serve. It covers 10 standards and has become even more pertinent following the release of the SEND and AP green paper. This green paper includes more than 50 references to the inclusion agenda within early years, schools and colleges.

Nearly 40 schools across the city have started to use the PIE QM and found it useful to identify specific development points to be incorporated in their school improvement plans.

Katie Kithakye, inclusion lead at Southsea Infants, says: 

'The PIE QM gave us a clear framework to develop our school improvement plan and helped me work out which direction to take inclusion at Southsea Infant School. Since starting the PIE QM process I have also taken on responsibility as PSHE lead and the tool has enabled me to draw high quality links between inclusion and PSHE to the benefit of everybody.' 

Anyone wishing to know more about the PIE QM should contact Mike Bowen at

RSE teaching and learning


Brook have a full range of free resources to support relationships and sex education (RSE) teaching and learning available on their website. From free e-learning courses on topics such as consent, pleasure and STIs, to lesson handouts and animations. The quality assured resources will help you to confidently deliver engaging sessions in the classroom.

The importance of sleep


Public Health England have produced a KS3 and KS4 lesson plan and accompanying video to help you explore the importance of good quality sleep with your class and strategies to promote it. After the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify what happens when we sleep
  • Describe the benefits of good quality sleep
  • Know strategies to promote good quality sleep and where to seek support if sleep is difficult.

School improvement

Portsmouth primary languages spring update


The spring Portsmouth primary languages update includes feedback from the Association for Language Learning (ALL) annual languages conference and information about upcoming meetings.

The next ALL Portsmouth primary hub meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 June 2022 (note the change of date). Ellie Chettle Cully will deliver a session on making language lessons accessible for all learners, sharing lots of practical ideas that have been tried and tested in her own lessons. Further details will be shared in due course.

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Holiday music by the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain in Portsmouth


The highly regarded National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain is performing at Portsmouth Guildhall on Sunday 10 April 2022 at 3.30pm. A limited number of free tickets* are available.

Click here to book your free tickets*. There is limited availability and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

*Tickets are free but the handling fee of £2.95 per transaction will be payable.

Please share with your students and their families looking for an Easter holiday treat!

Portsmouth Music Hub

The Young Creatives at New Theatre Royal


The Young Creatives Portsmouth are running drama workshops for young people aged 11-16 as part of the HAF FUN Pompey Easter programme.

The workshops will use drama to explore the musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, looking into themes of self-belief and identity along with lots of engaging activities inspired by the plot and a variety of fun characters.

When: Tuesday 19 April to Friday 22 April, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Where: New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Find out more

HAF Fun Pompey


Early career teacher training on attachment awareness and emotion coaching


HISP Teaching School Hub, in partnership with the Educational Psychology team and Virtual School at Portsmouth City Council, is offering two free online training sessions on attachment awareness and emotion coaching. The sessions are aimed at primary and secondary early career teachers in Portsmouth schools.

The Educational Psychology team and Virtual School at Portsmouth City Council are running an attachment aware project to help raise the profile of the social-emotional needs of children who have experienced adversity in early relationships and to give school staff practical strategies to support these needs. The aim is for all staff in Portsmouth schools to have a toolkit of strategies to help them manage these needs on the ground.

Four training dates are available throughout April and May 2022.

Find out more

LA updates

Are you or someone you know struggling with their stress levels?

It's Stress Awareness Month. Stress is the body's reaction under pressure and too much of it can lead to exhaustion.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website offers excellent support and tips on how to manage.

Find out more

Stress Awareness Month


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.

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