PEP Bulletin w/c 23 May 2022

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PEP Bulletin

25 May 2022

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PEP summer conference

Portsmouth Education Partnership is pleased to invite senior leaders to the 2022 summer conference on Friday 1 July 2022 at the Village Hotel, Portsmouth. This will provide an opportunity to look back on the key priorities and celebrate the successes.

We will be looking forward to the objectives set for 2023, engaging in workshops, and this year will be joining a live webinar with Ross Welford, author of When We Got Lost in Dreamland.

Book your place


Portsmouth Helps Ukraine

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Portsmouth Helps Ukraine is a group working in tandem with Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth Diocese and a number of other agencies to collect, sort and distribute donated items as requested by the Ukrainian embassy in London.

The team were very pleased to visit Manor Infant School and Nursery this week to collect their donations. These donations will be leaving Portsmouth at the end of May to be taken by van to refugees from the Ukrainian war. 

The group would like to encourage all schools to join in the Portsmouth scheme to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it looks like the war there is likely to continue for some time.

Once again thank you Manor Infant School and Nursery.

Portsmouth Helps Ukraine

For more information, please contact Viola at or 07907 941939; or Maryna Kuzmenko at A Facebook group called 'Portsmouth Helps Ukraine' also exists where the group share information and support each other.

Sailing opportunity for Naval children and young adults


In collaboration with the Tall Ships Youth Trust, the Naval Children's Charity (NCC) is giving a small number of children and young adults aged 12-25 the chance to sail the coast of the British Isles on iconic 72-ft Challenger yachts. Subsidised by the NCC to cost £75, this experience will teach children the self-reliance, teamwork, communication and leadership they’ll need to thrive in their future careers.

From 16-21 August 2022, a group of younger children (aged 12-15) will sail from Liverpool to Greenock. The older cohort (aged 16-25), will be at sea for a full week, departing Greenock on 24 August 2022 and arriving at Peterhead on 31 August 2022.

This opportunity is open to the child of any parent or guardian who is serving or is a veteran of the Royal Navy.

Register your interest by filling in the interest form. Applications are open until Thursday 30 June 2022

School improvement

University of Portsmouth primary teacher training management board


The University of Portsmouth is setting up a programme management board for the primary phase teacher training routes and is looking for key partners in education to join. The board would meet three times a year, with the purpose of reviewing the primary programmes offered and offering guidance on how best to develop and evolve them, ensuring teachers continue to be trained in the knowledge and skills schools need.

If you are interested in being part of the board, please email

The university would also like to hear from schools that could offer KS1 or KS2 placements to their trainee teachers on PGCE or BEd routes (thank you to those that have already offered). For more details about the different placement options and to express a non-committal interest in offering them, please complete the online form.

If you have questions about courses or would like further details on the placements (including payment amounts or the free mentor training offered), please contact

Finish This... free music making programme


Portsmouth Music Hub is delighted to be working with the English National Opera (ENO) as they launch 'Finish This...' a free music making programme for schools. This programme introduces opera as a unique starting point to support a creative and inclusive music curriculum giving students the opportunity to step into the role of ENO composers.

Finish This... offers a suite of high quality digital resources, downloadable lesson plans and CPD to provide teachers with the tools, resources, and confidence to deliver creative composition work in the classroom.

Portsmouth Music Hub

Co-designed with teachers, artists and learning specialists, there are different versions available: primary, SEND, and secondary / PRUs.

Booking for schools is now open and closes on Monday 27 June 2022 for delivery across the autumn term 2022. To sign up, complete the online booking form for primary schools or secondary schools.

This is a fantastic offer and we hope that schools who have not yet explored opera with their students will take advantage of this free offer.

RSE Awards 2022


Nominations are now open for the Sex Education Forum's annual awards celebrating excellence in teaching relationships and sex education. This year they're shining a light on RSE educators who go the extra mile in delivering high-quality and inclusive RSE.

Nominations close on Monday 20 June 2022.

Find out more

First-class training opportunities for primary languages in Portsmouth


Organisers of the ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub, Marie Allen and Liz Lord aim to provide relevant and up-to-date training sessions for languages practitioners in the city and beyond.

At the March meeting of the Hub, Marie delivered a session previously included in the nationally attended Association for Language Learning (ALL) Primary Languages Conference in November 2022 as part of the 'An Ambitious Primary Languages Curriculum' programme. At both events, Marie began by looking at the key principles of assessment in languages and possibly more importantly, how to achieve them. The aim of the session was to share ideas for assessment that could be adapted or replicated in other settings.

Praise regarding the session came from practitioners across the education spectrum and included: “You spoke brilliantly this afternoon. Many thanks. Assessment is something I'd like to look at with my students. Is it possible to have a copy of your I can statements? “

Following on from this, Marie has since been asked to deliver the same session for the South West Institute for Teaching, Primary Languages Professional Community Network.

This high quality training continues with the next meeting on Wednesday 15 June 2022 when experienced and inspirational primary languages practitioner, Ellie Chettle Cully will lead attendees through visual stimuli and multi-sensory approaches to scaffolding and grammar strategies, and provide us with practical advice and tried-and-tested ideas for supporting all pupils to access the curriculum and make progress in the primary languages classroom.   

Modern foreign languages (MFL) opportunities


ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub meeting
The next ALL Portsmouth primary hub meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 June 2022, 4pm at the Training and Learning Centre, Manor Road. 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.

Sharing resources / training opportunities for teachers of young learners of Spanish
On Monday 4 July 2022, 4pm at the Training and Learning Centre, Manor Road, Craig Thomas, from the primary education section of the Spanish Embassy in London, will lead an information session on the resources and training opportunities offered by the Consejería de Educación.

Platinum Jubilee and languages
The Primary Languages Network have released short videos in French and Spanish with key vocabulary relating to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee:

Free early reading event for headteachers


Springhill English Hub is hosting a DfE-funded free early reading event for headteachers which will include:

  • advice on choosing a systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme
  • advice on evaluating current SSP
  • access to free funded SSP review (audit)
  • access to free funding to purchase new SSP (potential £6000)
  • discussions on recovery and the reading framework
  • support to apply for partner school status
  • opportunities to look at resources from all of the validated SSPs
  • refreshments and lunch

The showcase event will be held in person at the Springhill English hub on Wednesday 15 June 2022, Wednesday 29 June 2022 and Wednesday 6 July 2022. Tickets are limited to two per school.

Book your place

World Ocean Day free exhibition

'Before it's too late'

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World Ocean Day

Schools are invited to join a celebration of World Ocean Day at St Mary's Church, Fratton on Wednesday 8 June 2022.

An exhibition of artwork by local schools and artists will be open to the community from 1pm, followed by fun and engaging STEM workshops from 4pm to 6pm. This will be followed by an evening of magical tales, sea shanties, octopus stories and show-stopping entertainment.

The evening performance starts at 7pm and kicks off with dance from Kings Youth Theatre who will present pieces from their ‘SOS: Save Our Seas’ show.

Register now

Winchester Festival of Physics


The Winchester Festival of Physics is returning to Winchester College this year, in partnership with the Hampshire Physics CPD Network.

The festival will run on Saturday 9 July 2022, 9.30am - 4.15pm. This is fully funded and so there is no cost to attend. The event is open to anyone working as a teacher or technician in KS3 and KS4 physics.

There is a brilliant programme of workshops, led by experienced physics trainers, as well as a range of exhibitors. The day will close with a keynote plenary session from Dr David Price from Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Refreshments and lunch will be provided, along with the opportunity for a tour of the historic Winchester College.

Register now

LA updates

Live well in Portsmouth

Live well in Landport

Have a chat over a cuppa with friendly people who can support you around your health, money and the community you live in. No question is too big or too small.

Come along to Landport Community Centre on Tuesday 7 June 2022, 9am - 12pm.

You can also get your free COVID-19 vaccination from our friendly NHS Team and ask any questions you may have about the vaccine.

Find out more


Primary and secondary computing courses

Park House Computing Hub


  • Physical computing kit - KS2 Crumble | Register
    Thursday 23 June 2022, 1pm - 3pm, Bassett Green Primary School
  • Physical computing kit - KS2 Crumble | Register
    Thursday 23 June 2022, 3.45pm - 5.45pm | Bassett green Primary School
  • Outstanding primary computing for all | Register
    Thursday 16 June 2022, 10am - 3pm, Holiday Inn, Winchester


  • Foundation knowledge of computer science | Register
    Tuesday 7 June 2022, delivered remotely
  • Foundation knowledge of computer science | Register
    Tuesday 14 June 2022, delivered remotely
  • Deep dives into computing | Register
    Tuesday 7 June 2022, 5pm - 6pm, delivered remotely

Overcoming barriers to parental participation

This introductory online workshop on Wednesday 29 June 2022, 3.15pm - 5.15pm will set you up with the basics your school, college or educational setting needs to build successful parent partnerships. This two-hour session will give you the practical tools, techniques and actions that your school, college or educational setting can embed to cultivate an environment that nurtures parental participation in all areas of their child’s education.

This training is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, senior leadership, pastoral staff, local authority staff within education departments, other staff with responsibility for parental involvement, governors, recruitment and outreach staff, Uni Connect staff, and third party organisations working with parents.

Register now


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.

Dates for your diary

9 June 2022
Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

14 June 2022
Emotion coaching for secondary ECTs

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