PEP Bulletin w/c 9 May 2022

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11 May 2022

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Locality multi-agency team (MAT) network meetings


Locality MATs network meetings continue to be run monthly in each locality for an hour via Microsoft Teams. Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to attend and present at the meetings. There has and continues to be some very useful information shared that equips us to better support Portsmouth families.

Every month there continues to be updates from health services, early help, social care, the Police, along with guest speakers sharing information about their services.

In May and June, we have presentations that will include:

  • Victoria MacFarlane: the neurodiversity programme
  • Charlie Pericleous from Prevent: identifying people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation or getting involved in extremism and how to protect them from harm
  • Kara Lambert and Paula Smith (positive family employment coordinators): support available for families
  • Duke Of Edinburgh Award: opportunities for the young people we are working with.

Please email if you wish to attend or present at these meetings.

School improvement

Last chance to register for Teach Portsmouth celebrates campaign

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Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Teach Portsmouth recently contacted colleagues in schools and colleges to make them aware of a campaign to recognise their achievements outside of 10 award categories. The 'Teach Portsmouth celebrates' campaign launches on Monday 16 May - Friday 27 May. Last year, schools and colleges across the city recognised their staff by sharing images and videos of their teams on social media using the #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates.

If you are interested in your school or college participating in the Teach Portsmouth celebrates campaign, please email before Friday 13 May 2022.

We're asking colleagues to see how they could integrate the theme of success in to their current events and activities that you have planned. You might be doing something for the Queen's Jubilee or recognising your school/college in other ways. For more information, visit the Teach Portsmouth celebrates page today!

Find out more

Fully funded primary computing support


Phil Wickins, computing subject matter expert, has made a short video detailing the offer of fully funded computing support for Portsmouth primary schools.

Funding is due to end soon, so please take up this offer while you still can! This is a must for all computing leads, or those who are becoming computing leads next year.

Watch now

Park House Computing Hub

Hampshire School Games Week

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Hampshire School Games

Hampshire School Games Week (HSGW) will take place from 20 - 24 June 2022. In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, every infant, junior and primary school will be invited to sign up to a week of virtual activity. It provides a chance for schools to celebrate all aspects of PE, school sport and physical activity.

The Hampshire School Games Organisers and Energise Me will be providing every school that signs up to delivering all or some of the HSGW activities with a programme of activity and free resources to use in school. Each day will focus on a different theme and schools have the flexibility to do everything across the whole school week or pick and choose activities across year groups and themes. The themes for 2022 are:

  • Monday – Leadership
  • Tuesday – Physical activity
  • Wednesday – Health and wellbeing
  • Thursday – Competition
  • Friday – Cross curricular

Sign up now

Get Inspired Portsmouth - 7 June 2022

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Get Inspired Portsmouth

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.

LA updates

May school census - Thursday 19 May 2022

If you are a local authority school, the deadline for the May school census is Thursday 26 May 2022. Please ensure that you meet this deadline to enable the detailed post-census data checking reports to be created and sent back to you. These reports will help you to validate your data to ensure its accuracy. If you cannot submit on time, please contact us ASAP. Academies that purchase EIS SLA, please send a copy of your school census to the LA via SSE and inform us by emailing when you have done so.

All schools must have an approved return on COLLECT by Wednesday 15 June 2022. Please be aware that DfE may still require your school to make changes to your census after this date.

A familiarisation blade is currently available for schools to check that the required data is being passed from your MIS to COLLECT and if any validation errors or queries are generated against your school's data. This blade will close at 4pm on Friday 13 May 2022. The DfE has issued guidance stating that if uptake of the familiarisation blade continues to be low, they will be looking to undertake a consultation about the future of the familiarisation blade service.

Please call 023 9284 1001 or email for further information.

Education Information Services (EIS) FFT Aspire training

EIS are able to offer some free training for primary and secondary schools that purchase the EIS SLA, or purchase access to FFT Aspire via EIS. This training will be led by a trainer from FFT. These sessions are designed for new staff or for colleagues who may need a "refresher" about what is available via the FFT's Aspire system.

All sessions will be run via Microsoft Teams and can be booked via the 'training and events' area within the Portsmouth Traded Services website.

Primary schools
There will be two identical sessions, on Wednesday 18 May 2022, 2pm - 3.30pm or Tuesday 24 May 2022, 10am - 11.30am. These sessions will include:

  1. How Aspire can support your end of key stage analysis
  2. Looking forwards – dynamic estimates
  3. How do your attendance figures compare?
  4. Tracking your pupils through the key stage

Secondary schools
This will be on Tuesday 24 May 2022, 2pm - 3.30pm and will cover:

  1. How Aspire can support your end of key stage analysis
  2. FFT forward looking estimates – how to fill the gaps in Y7
  3. How do your attendance figures compare?

For further information, please email

Foster carer recruitment event

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Foster Portsmouth will be marking Foster Care Fortnight (9 - 22 May) with its spring drop-in foster carer recruitment event on Wednesday 18 May 2022, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, at the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.

The council's fostering service will also be flying their flag outside the Civic Offices and some of the city's iconic buildings - including the Spinnaker Tower - will be lit up in Foster Portsmouth's blue and orange brand colours during the two-week campaign to raise awareness of the need of additional foster carers and to celebrate our fostering community.

Foster recruitment event

Join us to learn more about the positive impact you could make to the lives of Portsmouth's vulnerable children and young people, and to talk directly to existing foster carers about the rewards fostering can bring.

There’s no need to book, simply drop-in between 7.30pm - 9.30pm.

Learn more


Relationship and sex education (RSE) and condom distribution scheme training

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health are running a free virtual course on Thursday 26 May 2022, 9.30am - 3.30pm for those working in Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and Southampton directly supporting young people.

The morning session will give an overview of the new relationships and sex education (RSE) statutory guidance, sexual consent, joining the ‘Get It On’ condom scheme, identifying local services promoting positive relationships for all young people and accessing Sexual Health Services particularly during COVID-19 restrictions.

This second session is designed to support and enable participants to feel more confident in communicating with young people on issues of sexual consent; contraception and STI testing. Participants on completion of the two sessions will be able to provide condoms to young people accessing their setting.

Register now

Free adversities experienced as children (ACE)/ trauma training

Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones is able to offer free virtual ACE/trauma training sessions for education colleagues across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. The training is offered on a first come first served basis. The Zoom sessions are 2.5 hours long and provided by Rock Pool, a trauma informed training provider.

Available dates:

  • Wednesday 1 June 2022, 1pm | Register
  • Thursday 16 June 2022, 9.30am | Register

The Trauma Informed Agenda is based upon understanding how trauma from adversities experienced as children (ACEs) can impact upon us our whole lives, including increasing the risk of negative health or social outcomes. Education colleagues can help reduce risk and increase buffering protection of children and young people suffering trauma by working in a trauma informed way. Staff would benefit from attending a session whether they are well informed or new to this subject. 

Dates for your diary

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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