PEP Bulletin w/c 25 April 2022

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27 April 2022

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HIPS child exploitation newsletter


The spring 2022 update for professionals from the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) child exploitation group is now available. In this issue:

  • News from local safeguarding children partnerships
  • HIPS operational group update
  • Modern day slavery exhibition
  • Work from the Violence Reduction Unit
  • Youth Commissioners - The Big Conversation
  • Hampshire Constabulary update
  • National referral mechanism

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Attachment Aware project newsletter


The second Attachment Aware project newsletter is now available to read, and contains updates and information about the project.

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Safeguarding - Real love rocks


Barnardo’s has updated its 'real love rocks' resources for children and young people on healthy relationships, exploitation, and radicalisation. The content is in line with the Department for Education’s statutory guidelines for relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) lessons in England and is a tool for professionals working with children.

Originally launched in 2014, the update was in response to the reported rise in sexual harassment and abuse, offline and online. The new edition includes additional information on topics such as emotional regulation and creating a support network.

Resource packs have been developed for primary, secondary and SEND settings. Please note that there is an initial outlay cost of £299 to schools.

LGBTQIA+ pride event


Join The Portsmouth Grammar School on Wednesday 4 May 2022 at 4pm for two hours of inspirational speakers, fun and creativity around issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community.

Speakers at the event will include Peter Tatchell, a British human rights campaigner, originally from Australia, best known for his work with LGBT social movements, and Juno Dawson, a British transgender activist, and writer of young adult fiction and non-fiction.

There will be professional hairstyling, face painting and the opportunity for you and your pupils to informally discuss issues around LGBTQIA+ in Portsmouth.

PGS event

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Mental Health Support Team (MHST) forum


Education staff are invited to attend Solent NHS Trust's virtual MHST forum on Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 4.15pm. The forum will provide an opportunity to discuss updates about the service and learn and support each other by sharing good practice.


  • 4.15pm - 4.30pm: Welcome and MHST updates (wait times and referral service)
  • 4.30pm - 4.50pm: Breakout rooms (feedback from schools, MHST/education engagement)
  • 4.50pm - 5pm: Feedback
  • 5pm - 5.15pm: Universal offer

Joining details:
Meeting ID: 697 535 8079
Zoom link

If you have any questions, please email

School improvement

Your guide to the Online Safety Bill


The Online Safety Bill is a piece of legislation that aims to reduce or prevent damage
and harm coming to people when they are using the internet.

INEQE’S online safety experts have put together a guide on the Online Safety Bill, including what it is and what to expect. The guide covers the core elements and recommendations for continued action now.

Find out more

Outdoor learning update from Hampshire Outdoors


The first summer 2022 edition of the outdoor learning and PE newsletter is now available. This edition's focus is on maps, and Kate Broadribb, Geography Advisor with HIAS, shares several examples of using maps in the curriculum, including outdoors.

If you have resources or photos of your outdoor learning that you would like to share, please send them to Claire Westlake at so they can be included in future newsletters.

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Education resources for schools on breastfeeding


Breastfeeding education in school settings offers the opportunity to improve knowledge, address misconceptions, and positively influence beliefs and attitudes for students from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Implementation of breastfeeding education in schools is necessary to increase initiation and duration of breastfeeding, and therefore improve health outcomes for mothers and infants. The Portsmouth Infant Feeding Group have identified a key resource that can be used within school settings.

Links to national guidance
In relation to the learning outcomes that children need to achieve in school:

  • By the end of secondary children should know the roles and responsibilities of parents with respect to raising of children (national RSHE guidance);
  • it is further recommended by the PSHE Association that by the end of primary school children should know how babies need to be cared for (within KS2).

The UNICEF UK baby friendly initiative also recommends breastfeeding education in schools for both male and female students. They state that providing this education will enable students to make informed choices about infant feeding when they become parents.

Why it is important: message from the Portsmouth Infant Feeding Group
It is important to educate as early as infant school, where role play is a daily activity. And most baby dolls come with bottles, subconsciously teaching children this is the way to feed a baby. Therefore having breastfeeding education as part of the curriculum throughout all years of school is likely to be powerful intervention to significantly improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

Updates from Portsmouth Music Hub


Primary music co-ordinator network meeting
Portsmouth Music Hub will be holding their termly primary music co-ordinator network meeting on Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 4pm via Zoom. The meeting will feature useful information and resources, plus a chance to meet other music colleagues teaching in the city.

The theme of the meeting is 'How can music be used to promote pupil wellbeing?'

Portsmouth Music Hub

Book your place

Infant Voices Festival  - KS1 Festival Week July 2022
Portsmouth Music Hub invite KS1 schools to take part in an exciting week of infant singing festivals in July 2022. Early years and KS1 children are invited to learn some exciting songs about 'my dream job' to sing together as well as learning songs of their choice to sing as class solos.

If you would like to sign up your school to take part in the festivals please book your place by Thursday 12 May 2022. There will be a twilight meeting on Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 4pm on Zoom with information for schools who have signed up.

Midnight Magic! livestream
Portsmouth Music Hub partner, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are excited to announce that bookings are now open for their free Explore the Orchestra: Midnight Magic! livestream on Wednesday 18 May 2022 at 1.30pm.

Explore the orchestra

With the full orchestra on stage, the BSO will present a programme of music based entirely around the theme of Midnight Magic, so expect an exciting selection of repertoire that will take the audience on a journey through the night.

The concert will be exploring the night sky, the marvellous moon and stars, and some magical film music. There will also be the premiere of James Redwood's new participatory piece, created with schools in the BCP area and built-in partnership with SoundStorm. The piece will use Makaton symbols and signs, so students can join in!

Schools need to only book one ticket per school. Information on how to access the concert will be sent to schools in May. The deadline to apply for tickets is Wednesday 18 May 2022 at 12.30pm – no bookings will be accepted after this date.

Book your place

Dance Live! 2023


Dance Live! and The Guildhall Trust are excited to announce dates for Dance Live! 2023:

Monday 20 February 2023 (Seniors)

Tuesday 21 February 2023 (Seniors)

Wednesday 22 February 2023 (Seniors)

Thursday 23 February 2023 (Juniors)

Friday 24 February 2023 (Juniors)

Monday 27 February 2023 (Seniors)

Tuesday 28 February 2023 (Seniors)


Finals take place at Portsmouth Guildhall on Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 April 2023 (official dates to be confirmed at close of registration). Registration opens at 10am on Monday 9 May 2022 via the Portsmouth Guildhall website.

For up-to-date information and details on upcoming Zoom sessions for new schools interested in the event, complete an expression of interest form or contact

Sea Angling Classic 2022


Portsmouth is set to host the inaugural Sea Angling Classic, 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.

To find out more about the event, watch the official promotional video, or the year in the making video. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with Ali at or 07766 584746.

Teaching drama with SEND participants


Red Sauce Theatre Company is holding an open rehearsal on Tuesday 3 May 2022, 4pm - 4.45pm at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The class is designed to give confidence and ideas to anyone wishing to teach drama with SEND participants (adults or children).

The rehearsal will show the performance process, fun interactive vocal exercises, physical warm ups and team games that work. It is free of charge and all artists are available for questions afterwards. Those attending are asked to sign in, and quietly watch the process without shifting the focus in the class.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please call 07591961234 or email


Working together to effectively safeguard obese children - learning the local lessons


Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership are hosting workshops on safeguarding obese children. These have been informed by a recent case that was considered at the PSCP Learning from Cases Committee and will specifically look at:

  • The impact of obesity
  • The lived experience
  • The Obesity Pathway
  • When does obesity become a safeguarding concern?
  • What actions can we take?

This workshop will be held in person at the Civic Offices, and is relevant for all frontline professionals in health, social care and education. Each workshop has 20 spaces and we will ensure that there is good multi-agency attendance at each. Book your preferred date using the links below:

Trauma responsive education


Updating policy and practice in the educational context
The trauma responsive education course is for headteachers, senior leaders, SENCos and/or inclusion managers who are committed to policy and practice change in their school and are already on the journey of being a trauma responsive and inclusive education community. The course will be delivered by Louise Michelle Bombèr.

The training is seven days, taking place over the course of an academic year, with roughly one day each half term. Cost: £745 per person.

Visit the Sigma Training School website for more information.

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

Dates for your diary

3 May 2022
ECT attachment awareness and emotion coaching training | 3.30pm - 5pm

Maths hub network | 3.45pm - 4.45pm

10 May 2022
Primary RE network meeting | 3.30pm - 5pm

17 May 2022
Primary music co-ordinators meeting | 4pm

ECT attachment awareness and emotion coaching training | 3.30pm - 5pm

18 May 2022
Primary science network meeting | 4pm - 5pm

24 May 2022
ECT attachment awareness and emotion coaching training | 3.30pm - 5pm

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