PEP Bulletin w/c 6 June 2022

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8 June 2022

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Youth Endowment Fund survey of young people

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The Youth Endowment Fund is currently running a survey of teenage children’s experience of violence to get a clearer picture of the way that violence impacts children. The survey is aimed at young people aged 13 to 17 and closes on Friday 17 June 2022.

How does the survey handle questions about violence?
Some of the questions ask young people about their individual experiences of crime and violence. This includes sexual assault, though no explicit language or explanations are used. None of the questions are compulsory and the young person can refuse to answer the survey, as well as skip or ‘prefer not to answer’ all questions except basic demographic information (age, gender, region). For certain questions, they will be asked explicitly whether they want to answer the question before they see the detail of it.

Links to support and help services are provided at the beginning and end of the survey.

If you have any questions, please

Complete the survey

Mental health support from Kooth


Kooth is a free online counselling and wellbeing support service, available to all 11-18-year-olds in Portsmouth. There are no waiting lists or referrals, and young people can register by visiting The team at Kooth offer a variety of workshops, webinars and training sessions for both professionals and parents/carers.

How you can support LGBTQ+ young adults
In February, Kooth ran a webinar for professionals on supporting LGBTQ+ young adults. You can watch the recording for free.

Transition workshops for year 6 pupils
The Kooth team are delivering transition workshops on Zoom throughout June. The workshops will provide year 6 pupils with techniques and coping strategies to support the stress and anxiety of being in a new educational environment, as well as advice on building resilience, self-care and positive thinking.

Sessions will take place between 2pm and 3pm on 21/22/23 June, and 27/28/29 June.

There are limited spaces so please sign up using the online form as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Free one-to-one counselling for young people in Portsmouth

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Young people aged 11-25 and living in Portsmouth can now access free mental health and wellbeing support from Off The Record.

The support includes:

  • One-to-one counselling (face to face, over the phone or via Zoom)
  • In-person groupwork and workshops
  • Self-help tools and videos, including a dedicated webpage for young people

Young people can self-refer by completing an online form, or they can be referred to the service by a parent, carer or professional.

Find out more

Portsmouth Young Carers Service - Summer term young carers meeting


The summer term primary and secondary/college young carers network meetings will combine this term as the focus will be on transitions for young carers. The session will take place on Tuesday 14 June 2022, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Microsoft Teams.


  • Welcome and introductions
  • Portsmouth Young Carers Service update
  • Transitions for young carers
  • Information sharing from a Young Carers Alliance forum with a young carers transitions focus taking place on Monday 6 June (Mandy Watters)
  • Examples of good transitions practice for young carers in Portsmouth (schools and colleges will be asked to contribute so please come ready to share)
  • Agreement on dates and focus for next sessions (we will return to separate primary and secondary/college meetings in the autumn term)

To book a place, please email:  

Portsmouth Pride

Portsmouth Pride

The PEP will be attending this year's Portsmouth Pride parade as usual. It would be great to have as many staff, parents, children and young people joining us as possible. Banners or placards showing your schools would be great.

We will meet on Saturday 11 June 2022, from 10.45am in front of the Baffled Coffee stall near The Briny, PO5 3PG. Look out for the PEP banner.

Contact Sarah Christopher to let us know that you will be joining us on the parade, or just come along on the day! Email or call 07825 420519.

School improvement

Dance Live! grant for schools


Through support from the Hornpipe Theatre Company, Dance Live! is able to offer £500 bursaries to Portsmouth and Isle of Wight schools (any PO postcode is able to apply), to support your entry into Dance Live! 2023. The £500 bursary must contribute to your Dance Live! entry, but it could support any of the following areas:

  • Participant fees
  • Costume materials
  • Transport costs to the event
  • Subsidise performance tickets for families/friends
  • Hair and make up
  • Choreography support

This list is not exclusive, but details on how the money was spent will be requested after the event. You do not need to have officially registered yet in order to apply, as we understand that some schools’ entry could be dictated by the funding. However you must have officially entered prior to any funding being transferred. Should your school subsequently withdraw from the event for any reason, the school will be required to give back the grant.

To be considered for a grant, please complete the online form. It should not take longer than 10 minutes to complete, but will ask for percentages of students eligible for pupil premium and free school meals. Deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 11 July 2022. You will be notified within two weeks if your application has been successful.

If you have not yet registered for Dance Live! you can find more information via the Portsmouth Guildhall website.

Don't forget to complete Teach Portsmouth's annual survey


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 is Friday 17 June 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact

Complete the survey

EYFS profile training slides


The PCC Early Years team recently delivered early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile training for school and early years leaders across the city.

The PowerPoint slides from the session are now available to download from the PEP website.

Download now

Watch the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 live stream

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

From the comfort of your classroom or home, you can tune in to the Teach Portsmouth Awards ceremony on Thursday 9 June from 7.45pm live on the Teach Portsmouth website.

See Portsmouth's teaching heroes recognised in 10 award categories across the evening. The event is hosted by comedian and broadcaster, Shaparak Khorsandi.

Visit the Teach Portsmouth website and click the 'get notified' button in preparation for the event. You can also download the awards programme which includes the running order for the evening.

Get ready to watch

Moving forwards, making a difference: an evidence briefing for senior leaders

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The EEF has produced Moving forwards, making a difference: a planning guide for schools 2022 – 23, to support schools in their planning efforts in the academic year ahead. It proposes a tiered model that focuses upon high-quality teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies (such as improving attendance) to aid school leaders’ existing planning efforts.

This short webinar by HISP, Kingsbridge and West Somerset Research Schools on Friday 17 June 2022, 9.30am - 10.15am will highlight key messages from the guide, ensuring you are prepared and supported to plan for 2022-23.

Register now

Free STEM trip for KS3 pupil premium students


STEMunity is pleased to offer a free trip on Friday 24 June 2022, 9.30am - 2.30pm at Winchester Science Centre for KS3 pupil premium students.

Students will receive a planetarium experience, time to explore the centre and a bespoke designed 5PARK session with a follow-up resources kit for them to take home.

Places are limited so please click the button below to complete the application form.

Register now

5park event

The biggest PSHE conference in the UK


This conference for PSHE leads on Thursday 30 June 2022 will combine nationally recognised expert speakers alongside workshops and a chance to network with other professionals. There will also be companies, charities and other organisations representing their work and how they can support you.

Keynote speakers:

  • Roary Pownall - OFSTED HMI, National subject lead for PSHE/ RSE/ citizenship
  • Jenny Fox - Senior Subject Specialist at the PSHE Association
  • Edel Cronin - Vice Principal at Excaliber Academies Trust and Vice chair of ASCL’s LGBT+ network
  • Stonewall
  • Kelly Allchin - Assistant Principal for Personal Development at Leeds City Academy
  • Sarah Huggins - Sarah runs her own independent education consultancy company Personal Development Matters
  • Mushy Asghar - Mushy shot to fame in 2013 when his English teacher, Matthew Burton, helped him to overcome his stammer during his GCSEs.

Register now

Upcoming 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.

Zoomed out! Virtual Primary Languages Conference 2022
Zoomed out! is a conference hosted by Primary Languages Network from 20 - 24 June 2022, and is completely free for everyone to attend. There will be key focuses on multilingualism, EAL and self-efficacy.

Foreign language days and assemblies webinar
Language Angels are hosting a free webinar on Wednesday 29 June 2022, 4pm - 5pm, looking at ideas for how to organise a foreign language day, where to start, what to include (and avoid) and themes to consider for foreign language-based assemblies.

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.

LA updates

Data retention schedules for schools

Portsmouth City Council do not provide a data retention schedule for schools, however schools may find the Information and Records Management Society's schools toolkit useful.

This information management toolkit for schools has been created to assist schools to manage their information in line with the current legislative frameworks.

Find out more


Period education training for primary and secondary teachers

The free ReThink Periods training programme is PSHE Association accredited, unbiased and informative with full lesson plans and supporting resources. Teachers who attend will receive a demo box of all period products currently on the market all provided to your school free of charge.

The two-hour training sessions are delivered via Zoom and explore the issues surrounding period products, share teaching resources and look in depth at the products in the demo box. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions as well as a short comfort break. 

Available dates:

  • Wednesday 15 June 2022, 10am - 12pm 
  • Wednesday 15 June 2022, 3.45pm - 5.45pm 
  • Tuesday 21 June 2022, 4pm - 6pm 
  • Wednesday 29 June 2022, 3.45pm - 5.45pm 
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10am - 12pm 
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022, 3.45pm - 5.45pm 
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022, 10am - 12pm 

To book your free place, please email

Dates for your diary

9 June 2022
Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

14 June 2022
Emotion coaching for secondary ECTs | 3.30pm - 5pm

Maths Hub Network | 3.45pm - 4.45pm

23 June 2022
Portsmouth primary history network | 4pm - 5pm

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