Portsmouth Cultural Expo 2019

Teachers are invited to attend the Portsmouth Cultural Expo on Monday 18 March, 4-6pm at the D-Day Story Museum. It’s an opportunity for teachers to meet and have conversations with cultural and literacy organisations from across the city and learn how they can support and enhance teaching in heritage and culture. The expo will also serve as a launch for the popular Summer Reading Challenge – come along to hear how the Library Service are planning to increase participation amongst children on pupil premium or forces premium.

Exhibitors include Aspex Gallery, the New Theatre Royal, National Heritage, the Mary Rose Trust, Top Banana Circus, Groundlings, Funk Format and the Portsmouth Music Service, with more signing up each day.

Free refreshments, courtesy of the museum café, will be available to enjoy and at 6pm attendees will be welcome to join an optional tour of the newly refurbished D-Day Story Museum and see why it was nominated for this year’s prestigious European Museum of the Year award.

Register for a free place at:

Portsmouth Pride Youth Society-‘This is Me’

Attend one, two or all three art sessions and create a piece of art based on the theme “this is me”.
Exhibition to be held at Aspex gallery later in the year. FREE EVENT

16th March, 23rd March & 30th March 2019

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13:30 – 15:30
Aspex Gallery,
The Vulcan Building,
Gunwharf Quays,
Portsmouth, PO1 3BF

Limited spaces. Book online on Instagram /[email protected]
Or, first come, first place offered on each day. Ages 19 and under

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

With the support of Stagecoach, Shaping Portsmouth, Portsmouth University, the Southern Universities Network and other partners we will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by taking the Apprenticeship Bus to visit local secondary schools on the 5th and 7th of March.
Full info: National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Portsmouth’s First Restorative Practice Conference

Dear all,

As you may be aware we are holding Portsmouth’s first Restorative Practice Conference on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 we have almost sold out 220 places! I would like to ensure your staff from your department book on before the even sells out, we only have about 20 places left.

The City Wide Restorative Conference is being held at Fratton Park– This ground-breaking event is a major step towards the big vision of a Restorative Portsmouth.

Further information and to book your place visit Eventbrite –  Tickets here


Look forward to seeing you there!

Governor Training

We are currently consulting on changes to the way in which Portsmouth organises governor training in the 2019/20 and would welcome the views of governors, clerks and head-teachers on the proposals which are set out in the attached letter. You can give feedback by completing the on-line survey, or by emailing [email protected]. Comments are requested by Friday 1 March 2019

Attendance and Aspirations Week at Wimborne Junior School

As part of Portsmouth City Council’s ongoing ‘Miss School, Miss Out’ school attendance campaign, Wimborne Junior School held an Aspirations Week from 21 – 25 January to help children to think about what jobs they would like to have in the future, what skills they will need in order to succeed in those jobs and how important attending school is in helping them to achieve their goals.

During the week, pupils looked at their future selves and discussing goal setting, resilience, potential barriers and the support available to help them.

Cllr Suzy Horton, cabinet member for education at Portsmouth City Council, visited the school and said that she was “overwhelmed with the quality of conversation not only about aspirations but also their understanding of what they need to do to become the best version of themselves.”

Carina Jacobs, head teacher at Wimborne Junior, said: “During Aspirations Week, we’re looking forward to inspiring the children to think about their futures and to helping them to understand the steps they can take to ensure their own success and the help available in school to aid them in reaching their goals. Hopefully they will take this forward with them into secondary school and beyond.”


National Storytelling Week

Week commencing 28th January 2019 is national storytelling week and the charity Mary’s Meals has asked us to distribute some resources for both primary and secondary schools that you may wish to use, which includes passages from Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow’s bestselling book ‘The Shed That Fed A Million Children’.

National Storytelling Week – Lower Primary

National Storytelling Week – Upper Primary

National Storytelling Week 2019 – Secondary

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

Book your tickets now via and search wellbeing in education.

Further information is in the attached flyer Wellbeing Conference Flyer FINAL