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PEP Bulletin

18 May 2022

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Message from Emma Coleman, educational psychologist

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As an educational psychologist working in Portsmouth I have always been very interested in early intervention both with regards to supporting learning and developmental needs as well as SEMH needs. I have a particular interest in behaviour and have continued to develop my interest in this area by studying for an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University.

I am currently working on my dissertation which looks at 'To what extent is the relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum viewed as an early intervention to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV)?'

I have already carried out a focus group with key people from the local authority and had interviews with some PSHE leads in the city. I now hope to gain views regarding this subject from teachers delivering this curriculum.

Primary and secondary teachers delivering this curriculum in our mainstream schools are invited to complete the survey, ideally by the end of this half term. It should only take about 5 minutes and is anonymous. Any help would be much appreciated.

Complete the survey

Updating CERAFs – what you need to know


It’s been 18 months since the local safeguarding children partnerships across the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton (HIPS) areas published the new child exploitation risk assessment framework (CERAF) for professionals.

The CERAF is a tool to be used for children at risk of or being exploited and support identification of risk areas to be addressed and next steps. A CERAF should be completed as soon as potential concerns regarding any form of child exploitation are identified. This may include child sexual exploitation (CSE), child criminal exploitation (CCE), county lines (CL), modern day slavery (MDS) or child trafficking concerns.

Recent quality assurance activity has highlighted the importance of having up-to-date CERAFs to inform decision making. Where CERAFs are regularly updated professionals working with the child have a more accurate understanding of risk and insight into appropriate interventions.

Colleagues are reminded to review and update CERAFs at regular intervals to record any increase or reduction in risk. As a minimum, this should be every three months or following a change in circumstances (for example, change in placement) as this can have a significant impact on risk.

For further information and to download a copy of the updated CERAF, see the PSCP website.

Young carers assemblies for primary schools


Portsmouth Young Carers Service now deliver young carers assemblies to EYFS/KS1 and KS2, with PowerPoint presentations devised for both. We recommend that primary schools book two sessions, one for EYFS/KS1 and a second for KS2, to ensure that pupils get the most from their session. We work with schools to ensure links to their core values / expectations are included.

For more information or to book, please contact

For other information about our service, please contact

School improvement

Meet the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 superstar shortlist

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Teachers, learning support assistants, teams and head teachers who work in a Portsmouth school or college have been shortlisted in the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022.

The Teach Portsmouth Awards return to Portsmouth Guildhall on Thursday 9 June 2022, hosted by comedian and broadcaster Shaparak Khorsandi. Those who work in the sector were nominated by senior colleagues in 10 award categories. Local residents also had the chance to nominate their teaching hero in the people's choice category.

The awards recognise school and college staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their community. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony next month.

To view the full shortlist, visit the Teach Portsmouth website today!

Find out more

Making school uniforms affordable - hear from the experts

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Last year, a new law was passed to cut the cost of school uniforms in England. By September, schools should have started making necessary changes to ensure uniforms are a fair price for families.

What does this mean for you and your school?

Join a webinar hosted by The Children’s Society on Wednesday 18 May 2022 at 4.30pm, to hear from an expert panel and get the chance to ask questions. This event is open to teachers, governors, PTA members, councillors and any interested member of the school community.

Speakers include: 

  • Mike Amesbury MP, whose private member’s bill to make uniforms affordable became law.
  • Alison Hardacre and Alice Douglas from the Department for Education.
  • A headteacher who has championed cost-effective uniforms at their school.
  • Charities The Children’s Society, the Child Poverty Action Group and Children North East.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

Register now

LA updates

Register interest in Trees for Schools


We are looking for three to five schools to be involved in the 2022/23 Trees for Schools programme.

Trees for Cities work with children and their schools to reimagine and design bespoke playgrounds for outdoor learning and play; introducing trees, forest gardens, food-growing, outside classrooms, woodland play areas, mini-forests and wildlife habitats.

The programme funding is split between Trees for Cities and Portsmouth City Council, with schools only being asked to provide a small contribution.

At this stage we just want to get an idea of which schools may be interested in being involved. Please register your interest by emailing by Friday 20 May 2022.

Play therapist L7 apprenticeship - Transfer of levy funds


Portsmouth City Council could transfer levy funds to academies to help with teaching apprenticeships. If you are interested in receiving funds to support the development of teachers in your schools, please contact Sandra Wilkie for more information at

We are also trying to arrange a cohort of apprentices with other local authorities to take the 'Play therapist' apprenticeship. This is a level 7 qualification (masters). This apprenticeship works to improve children's mental health, emotional wellbeing, learning capabilities and social relationships, fully funded by the levy for local authority schools and a possibility of transfer of funds to academies as explained above. For more details on this apprenticeship visit the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website.

Don't forget, if you are struggling to recruit teaching assistants you can employ apprentices to grow your own workforce.


A learning space for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) to increase safeguarding knowledge (school staff only)

Friday 17 June 2022, 9.30am - 12.30pm | Training and Learning Centre

This training is for professionals working with Portsmouth children and families and will focus on Portsmouth processes and practice. Learning outcomes:

  • To further understanding of peer on peer abuse
  • To develop knowledge of local developments, practices and processes
  • To have space for reflection, gaining perspective from peers and finding new solutions

Book your place

Free online training for secondary ECTs – Attachment awareness and emotion coaching

HISP Teaching School Hub is delighted to be working in partnership with the Educational Psychology Team and Virtual School at Portsmouth City Council to offer two free online training sessions for secondary early career teachers in Portsmouth schools on attachment awareness and emotion coaching.

Due to 3 May 22 being an additional Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, for Portsmouth schools, we have re-arranged a date to enable the ‘Attachment awareness and trauma informed practice for secondary ECTs’ session to take place.

  • Attachment awareness and trauma informed practice for secondary ECTs
    Tuesday 24 May 2022 | 3.30pm - 5.00pm (online via Zoom)
  • Emotion coaching for secondary ECTs
    Tuesday 14 June 2022 | 3.30pm - 5pm (online via Zoom)

A Zoom meeting link will be sent via email on the morning of each training session to those who register to attend.

Register now

Dates for your diary

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

9 June 2022
Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

14 June 2022
Emotion coaching for secondary ECTs

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