PEP Bulletin w/c 2 May 2022

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PEP Bulletin

4 May 2022

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Help us improve mental health support for young people

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Do you know a 16–25-year-old who has recently accessed, or tried to access, mental health support in Portsmouth?

We're running a short survey for young people to share their experiences. This feedback will help us to create better access to support and inform new ways of working.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and closes on Tuesday 31 May. Young people can choose to share their experience anonymously.

Complete the survey

Youth Endowment Fund survey on youth violence

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The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) is a charity focused on preventing children and young people becoming involved in violence. Along with their research partner Crest Advisory, they are conducting a survey of young people aged 13 to 17 aimed at understanding their views and experiences of violence. The findings will be published in a report.

While utmost care has been taken to consider the research ethics of the survey in its design, the role of adults disseminating the survey must be to consider whether the young person is capable, and has sufficient maturity, to be able to consent to participate in the survey.

The survey will close on Friday 10 June 2022.

Complete the survey

Mental Health Awareness Week


Mental Health Awareness Week will take place between 9 and 15 May 2022. This year's theme is loneliness, which can have a huge impact on our mental and physical wellbeing.

Mental health guidance for children and young people is available on Portsmouth City Council's website and includes simplified information on topics such as loneliness, anxiety and depression.

Kooth, a free online counselling and wellbeing support service, is also available to all 11-18-year-olds in Portsmouth. There are no waiting lists or referrals, young people can sign up on to access free counselling and support.

Information on support for adults is also available if you, or someone you know, is struggling.

Project Orpheus and Prevent update


The latest Project Orpheus and Prevent update includes information on:

  • Project Orpheus – local engagement
  • Counter terrorism local profile (CTLP)
  • Resources for supporting pupils during the Ukraine war
  • Internet filtering
  • Independent review of Prevent
  • Educate Against Hate – talk it over
  • Training

Is This Love? - book a healthy relationships session


Portsmouth's Community Safety Partnership delivers an annual domestic abuse campaign to schools - ‘Is This Love?’ - to encourage discussion around healthy and unhealthy behaviours in relationships.

The content is in line with the Department for Education’s statutory guidelines for relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) lessons in England.

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. Email

School improvement

Use your current plans to celebrate your staff, pupils and students' achievements

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Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Teach Portsmouth is asking schools and colleges in Portsmouth to join a citywide celebration for all their staff, pupils, teams and leaders from Monday 16 May - Friday 27 May 2022 as part of a campaign called Teach Portsmouth celebrates.

We're asking colleagues to see how they could integrate the theme of success into their current events and activities that are planned. We would then like you to share a video or image on social media using the hashtag #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates.

You might be doing something for the Queen's Jubilee, or recognising your school/college in other ways. Once you know what you are doing, please email the Teach Portsmouth team at to tell them you are participating.

If capacity allows, we are also asking colleagues to extend the celebrations into the classroom by involving their pupils and students too. Visit the Teach Portsmouth celebrates page for ideas on what to do.

Find out more

Deadline extended for Teach Portsmouth's annual survey

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Thank you to the schools that have completed Teach Portsmouth's annual survey. The information being collected will help Teach Portsmouth gain a better understanding of how we can help Portsmouth schools recruit teachers, as well as informing future teacher recruitment and retention campaigns.

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. Please complete and return only one survey per school.

If you haven't already completed the survey for your school, it’s not too late. The deadline has been extended to Friday 17 June 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact

Complete the survey

PEP deputy and assistant headteacher conference


Further to the save the date sent out last term, the agenda and programme for the afternoon conference on Tuesday 17 May 2022 is now available.

The steering group invite all deputy and assistant headteachers from primary, secondary and special across the Portsmouth Education Partnership to attend this networking and CPD event.

All are welcome and it is easy to book your place via Eventbrite.

Introducing the Empower program at Winchester College


Winchester College has launched the Empower program with the aim of raising aspirations amongst secondary school pupils from economically disadvantaged areas. The program works with pupils from schools in Hampshire and along the south coast and is keen to speak to schools who would like to be involved. The group sessions include:

  • Lectures from leading academics, as well as leaders in business and politics
  • An introduction to classics
  • Hands-on history sessions in the college museum
  • Ecology sessions in the nature reserve
  • History and English workshops using resources from the archives and Fellow’s library
  • Sports coaching and fixtures and rowing at the college boathouse
  • After-school maths workshops and maths summer school
  • Support for medical school applicants
  • Personal statement support and mock interviews
  • Science extension classes
  • Economics enrichment
  • Pitching competition

The Empower program also includes access to online resources including lectures, careers talks, science extension classes and learning support resources.

If your school is interested in getting involved please contact Hannah Fletcher (Head of Educational Partnerships) at to hear more. You can also be added to the monthly newsletter outlining upcoming opportunities.

Banji Alexander UK schools tour

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Banji Alexander, teacher and author of Lockdown Looms: Reggie's Birthday Party will be touring UK schools during the academic year 2022/23.

The visits include discussions around Banji's writing process and reading/discussing excerpts from Lockdown Looms: Reggie's Birthday Party. Banji's visit is an opportunity for children to meet an author, and have a Q&A session, to inspire their own narrative composition. The children have an opportunity to discuss their own experiences during lockdown, any anxieties they may have around the topic, and hopes for the future.

Each school visit consists of four 30-minute assembly style sessions, which can accommodate four different year groups, or four different classes - dependent on the school's requirement. This is priced at £350 (a longer visit can also be facilitated, subject to terms and conditions). Copies of the book can also be pre-ordered directly from Banji, to be signed on the day.

If you are interested in arranging a visit or would like more information, please email

Dates for your diary

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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