Outdoor Education

Trailblazer is an outdoor learning scheme from Hampshire County Council for young people of all ages in Portsmouth. Trailblazer supports and develops schools’ work in outdoors learning with training, ideas, resources and experience sharing opportunities.

The weekly Trailblazer newsletters are available below:

Exciting Project for Developing Curriculum Materials

As you may be aware there are exciting plans for Tipner West Regeneration. We are really keen to involve schools and would like to see some curriculum materials developed around the project.

We would like to work with some SLEs and/ or other strong teachers to develop some curriculum resources locally and then potentially engage with a publisher at a later stage.

Ideally this would involve both primary and secondary colleagues and would look to cover a number of curriculum areas, geography, science, engineering and maths are obvious ones, but it could potentially go broader than that too. There will be an initial workshop to find out more, discuss the project plans and scope the potential of this work.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 29th January 4-5.30pm, Conference Room B, Civic Offices.

Depending on the level of interest and availability, we would look to commission a number of teachers to work both individually and collaboratively to develop (and potentially pilot) some resources.

If you are interested in finding out more or to confirm your attendance at the workshop please contact Sarah Christopher 07825 492712  [email protected]

Teacher Workload and Retention Conference – 5 March 2020

The Portsmouth Conference on Teacher Workload and Retention will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020.  This half day event will enable Portsmouth head teachers and school leaders the chance to explore how to manage and reduce workload and improve teacher retention, whilst ensuring Portsmouth children receive the best possible education.

Attendees will hear from Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education, Janine Ashman, a member of the DFE working group on workload, and head teachers and leaders from Portsmouth schools sharing their experience.

  • Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education; and
  • Janine Ashman, Deputy Head of St Peter’s CE Primary, Somerset, and a member of the DFE working group on workload, who specialises in assessment.

The conference programme can be viewed here.

Places, which are free of charge, must be booked by Friday 14 February on the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.

Farmington Scholarships 2019/20

Applications for the 2019/20 Farmington Scholarships are now open. These are Scholarships available to teachers of religious education and associated subjects in UK secondary, primary, and special needs schools. Headteachers who wish to undertake research into either religious education or values education are also eligible to apply.

A number of schools in the city have benefitted recently from this programme including Highbury Primary and St Jude’s CofE Primary.

Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, essential local travel and, by negotiation with the school, the salary of a replacement teacher up to point 6 of the main pay scale. Scholarships last for a maximum of 30 days and can either be taken at a local university (Farmington Institute has links with 15 throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or can be home-based with a local tutor.  Further information and an application form can be found on the institute’s website http://www.farmington.ac.uk/index.php/farmington-scholarships/

For more information please contact:

Kay Webb


Farmington Institute

Harris Manchester College

T: 01865 271985

E: [email protected]

Professional Development Consortium in MFL with Philip Campagna

On 23rd May, a workshop with Philip Campagna will be taking place in Portsmouth, which will focus on the development of speaking and writing skills at KS3 in preparation for the new MFL GCSE.

Philip is the South West Regional and National Director for Network for Learning and is a Senior Lecturer and PGCE Course Leader for Secondary MFL at Bath Spa University, and is also the PGCE Primary MFL Coordinator. In the past he has presented to national and international language conferences.

The session will take place from 5.00pm – 7.00pm and will be held at the St. George’s Building on St. Thomas’ Street, Old Portsmouth.

Full details of the event can be found here. If you would be interested in attending this event, please get in touch with Tanya.