The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) brings together Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), schools, colleges, early years settings, Higher Education Institutions, the Local Authority, teaching schools, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), Portsmouth Dioceses and EBP South to improve attainment and opportunities for children and young people across the city.
The PEP is linked to the overarching Children’s Trust arrangements for Portsmouth which bring together all agencies whose work affects the lives of children, young people and families, including: social care, health, the Police, Jobcentre Plus, the voluntary sector and others.
This Case Study, produced by ISOS illustrates the context and the work of the partnership.
To access the minutes of meetings please contact: Sarah Christopher, PEP and School Inclusion Manager.
PEP calendar of events and training
■ Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge
Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge
4th December 20189:00 am - 4:00 pm Training & Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, St Marys Road, Portsmouth
The TeachingAssistant SKE project is designed to develop teaching assistants’ subjectknowledge in maths so they can support children’s learning in the classroom andin small intervention groups. Work Groups will explore maths in depth,making connections between topics and concepts. Participants will also workcollaboratively, to develop deep and secure subject knowledge and appropriatepedagogy so they are well-equipped to support pupils.
11th December 20184:00 pm - 5:30 pm Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, Cowper Rd, Portsmouth PO1 5PF, UK
The Solent, Hampshire and Surrey Women Leading in EducationNetwork is the place to be for women leaders of today and tomorrow.
Building on our ‘Inspire and Aspire’ event, the2018-19 network is open to all current and future women leaders of education,from any phase school or college. The aim is to bring together a network oflocal leaders and develop a model of supportive practice. It’s a chanceto hear from inspirational women in education sharing their experiences,challenges and victories, as well as setting up formal coaching partnershipsand building your own education network. We also hope it will be fun andyou will leave with a smile on your face!
For further information on this and other courses please go to the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance website at
14th December 20189:00 am - 4:00 pm The Holiday Inn Basingstoke, Grove Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3EE, UK
This Work Group offers teachers and their departments nationally coordinated support to address the reasoning and problem-solving challenges of the mathematics curriculum and its assessment in the new GCSE.
Many departments will be considering not only the long-term development of these skills across KS3 and into KS4, but also the immediate needs of current KS4 pupils facing the challenges of the new GCSE. This Work Group aims to support both these aspects through professional development activities focusing on practical and accessible classroom-based approaches.
Participation also offers the opportunity to develop departmental professional development processes and produce longer-term improvement plans.
Who is this for?
All secondary schools wishing to begin or continue a programme of professional development to address the teaching and learning implications of the new curriculum and GCSE. Ideally, each school will send two members of department (at least one of whom is experienced and has some leadership responsibility) to maximise the impact of the professional development within the department. We will consider single teachers from a school if it is impossible to send two teachers.
This Work Group uses elements from last year’s KS3 Reasoning Work Group but also extends and develops approaches to the challenges of KS4. Teachers and departments who have participated in a previous Maths Hub KS3 Reasoning Work Group and wish to continue to collaborate on embedding practice further are welcome to join and work alongside teachers in the new Work Group.
What is involved?
2 x 1-day and 2 x half-day workshops focused on developing reasoning and problem-solving skills in all lessons. Dates are: 14th December 2018 (9-4pm), 8th February 2019 (12-4pm), 26th April (12-4pm), 28th June (9-4pm).VENUE: Holiday Inn, Basingstoke
Gap tasks between the workshops will include Lesson Study, allowing wider department participation in the professional development.
There will be an evaluation process focusing on the impact of activities on pupils and the wider department. Intended Outcomes
Teachers will gain deeper understanding and confidence in the planning and classroom use of approaches that develop pupil reasoning and problem-solving skills across KS3 and KS4 lessons.
Teachers will experience collaborative professional development processes including the opportunity to lead professional development in their own departments
Departments will have the opportunity to develop and embed practice in this area for all their teachers, including the development of a repertoire of activities, policies and longer-term improvement plans to sustain progress.
The wider context
Reasoning and problem-solving are still identified by Ofsted as areas of weakness both in teaching and schemes of learning. With the emphasis of the new curriculum on pupils becoming fluent, reasoning mathematically and solving problems, many departments will be considering how best to build these skills as pupils progress from the start of KS3. There will also be a need to support current KS4 pupils as they face the reasoning and problem-solving challenges of the new GCSE questions.
Expectations of participants and their schools
Schools will need to commit to the release of the same nominated teacher(s) for all four workshops and to support them in the gap tasks. This will include supporting wider staff engagement with a Lesson Study between each workshop and 6-8 departmental meetings. The department will also support the participating teachers to summarise the impact of Work Group participation.
Take a look at this short video from Stamshaw Infant School which is a lovely watch for parents and teachers alike.
Portsmouth's First Wellbeing in Education Conference
Portsmouth’s First Wellbeing in Education Conference
I am really excited that we will be hosting our first Wellbeing in Education Conference on 25th March at the Marriott Hotel. Our Keynote speaker is Natasha Devon, Body Image and mental health campaigner.
The conference, aimed at Head Teachers, Governors, Wellbeing Leads in Schools and colleges, Pastoral Staff, SENCos, ELSAs and professionals from other agencies who work alongside schools and colleges, aims to:
·Share practical ideas to promote good mental health for pupils and staff
·Explore the services and support on offer for children, young people and staff
·Explore the role and remit of wellbeing leads in schools and colleges
·Provide networking opportunities across health and education
Discounts will be given for multiple delegates from the same organisation