School Attendance Campaign

On 12th June a workshop was held with schools to help prepare for a new school attendance campaign in the city. Participants looked at the key drivers for school absence in Portsmouth, the various audiences the campaign would have to target, the type of messages that should go out and the channels of communication that could be used.

Work is now in hand to develop some concepts which will be shared with schools later this term before the first phase of the campaign is launched in the Autumn term.

For further information please contact: [email protected]


School becomes first to achieve Artsmark Platinum Award for a second time

Admiral Lord Nelson School (ALNS) has become the first school in England to receive an Artsmark Platinum Award for the second time, achieving the highest level of recognition for its arts and cultural provision.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award recognising excellence in cultural education. It celebrates schools’ commitments to embedding arts across the curriculum and bringing creative learning to life for children and young people.

Admiral Lord Nelson has been involved with Artsmark since 2003 and was one of the first schools to achieve the Platinum Award when the programme was refreshed in 2015.  The new award recognises the school’s commitment to cultural education, which sees the arts strongly embedded across their whole curriculum and playing a key role in their School Improvement Plan.

UNICEF Recognition for Admiral Lord Nelson School

Admiral Lord Nelson School (ALNS) has been asked to represent all UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools at Downing Street for the official launch of Soccer Aid with UNICEF, in recognition of ALNS being the most active school in the UK with their UNICEF work.

15 of our RRSA student ambassadors are designing a playground challenge (the event planned for schools across the country to do as fundraising) which they will teach members of the cabinet and the soccer aid teams (led by Robbie Williams and Usain Bolt) to do in the grounds of Downing Street at the launch event. Two of the ALNS ambassadors will attend a meeting with the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street with a small group of the UNICEF leaders just prior to the event.

Chris Lubbe to speak at ALNS Event 25.05.2018

On 25th May 2018, Admiral Lord Nelson School will be hosting a Global Learning event. This session will not only act as a ‘catch up’ for teachers in the city, but there will also be a special guest; the very inspirational, Chris Lubbe, who was previously one of Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards, will be speaking to the group.

This event will be taking place from 9.30am – 12.30pm at ALNS. For further information, please see the event flyer here. If you would be interested in attending, please email Julia Firth.

You can now find us on Twitter!

Follow us on Twitter at @PortsmouthPEP or visit our page to find out more. We will be giving you regular updates and will be letting you know of other goings on in the Portsmouth area.

Publication of a new ‘what works’ resource for those working with pupils and students with SEN

A new interactive ‘what works’ resource for those working with pupils and students with SEN has been published today (6th November 2017).

The resource – ‘SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice in good and outstanding schools and colleges’ – provides school and college leaders, teachers and practitioners with information and evidence-based practice that can be effective for SEN support.

School and colleges leadership teams, SENCOs and classroom teachers are encouraged to review their provision against the seven key features of effective support.  Practitioners can look at the detail of interventions and approaches and consider what would be most beneficial for meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs in their settings.

Both the development of the resource and the underpinning research were undertaken by ASK Research and Coventry University.  The resource is hosted on  nasen’s SEND Gateway and the Education & Training Foundation Excellence Gateway

Examples of effective practice include:

  • Reorganising lesson structure, learning environments and curriculum
  • Measures to address attendance issues
  • Effective transition support and preparation for adulthood
  • Effective progress monitoring

Welcome to the new PEP website

We welcome your comments and feedback on our site so far. We particularly encourage you to let us know if there is anything that you think is missing from this website.

As well as providing information we want to be able to share good practice and celebrate some of the successes in Portsmouth Schools. Please send any photographs or case studies to: Sarah Christopher, PEP and School Inclusion Manager.