Teach Portsmouth celebrates

Teach Portsmouth celebrates achievements of school and college staff

To celebrate the immense efforts of teachers, support staff and head teachers in schools and colleges across the city, Teach Portsmouth has launched a new initiative to recognise their achievements.

From 7 – 18 June, schools, colleges and organisations are encouraged to recognise their staff by sharing a photo or video on their social media pages using the hashtag #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates.

Over the last 18 months, the pandemic has shone a light on staff who work in education including teachers, learning support assistants, receptionists, cleaners and more in supporting the city’s families, children and young people.

These individuals have taken on more responsibility over and above their normal jobs. This includes the delivery of food parcels to vulnerable families, mass testing of pupils and introducing new technology for at home learning. In many instances, these changes have taken place quickly with staff going beyond what is normally required to support their community.

Our latest initiative supports schools, colleges and organisations in celebrating their workforce by sharing a special message with parents and carers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council championed the campaign:

“We’re celebrating the amazing work that has gone on by school and college staff in the city. Teach Portsmouth is asking head teachers to pause and consider how they can recognise their staff.

“Teachers have played an important role in supporting children and young people in the city during the pandemic. Despite many pupils learning from home, schools never closed, supporting keyworker children in the classroom over the last 18 months.”

Head teachers are being asked to think creatively about how they will celebrate their staff, showcasing their efforts to the school community online. This could include recording a video message that says thanks or school children creating window murals to recognise their teaching heroes.

Mike Stoneman, deputy director of children, families and education at Portsmouth City Council said:

“We appreciate how hard everyone has worked this year. Teach Portsmouth’s latest campaign gives everyone the chance to recognise their staff before the main awards ceremony on Thursday 8 July.

“It’s impossible to showcase everyone’s talents in The Teach Portsmouth Awards – so we felt it was important for individuals and teams to share their successes with parents and carers online.”

Organisations across the city are getting involved, sharing inspirational stories and messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Southsea Infant School has been sharing special messages of thanks, recognising their staff who have gone above and beyond during the last 18 months. Nigel Man, site manager at the school, said:

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Southsea Infant School for recognising our work during the pandemic.

“Me and my son, Sevon have been busy keeping the site clean to ensure the school is COVID secure. It has been hard work at times but with the help of all the staff we’ve got through it. It’s great to know we are being noticed and celebrated.”

The celebrations continue…

Those who are recognised for their achievements on social media have the opportunity to feature in a special film which will be shown during the virtual awards ceremony.

To learn more about Teach Portsmouth celebrates and how schools and colleges have been getting involved. Visit the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live section of the site to see the inspirational stories being shared.

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SEND survey results

Results of the Portsmouth 2021 SEND survey

The 2021 survey of parents and carers of children with SEND praised city schools and keyworkers for their support in Portsmouth City Council’s annual survey. 86% said they felt they were being listened to, with education staff being most often identified as the main keyworker that supports them.

However, it also showed about half of families are still not aware of Portsmouth’s SEND Local Offer website, meaning some might be missing out on important and helpful support and advice. Please signpost any families whose children require additional help with their learning to visit

Read the full survey report on the Local Offer website.

Triple P

Triple P discussion groups for parents/carers

Triple P discussion groups are two and half hour sessions giving parents and carers opportunities to focus on specific areas of child behaviour. Dates of upcoming sessions are below.

Triple P Primary Discussion Groups (Age 5-12yrs)

  • Dealing with Teen Emotions – Tuesday 15 June 2021, 5.30pm – 8pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove PO6 3PL (02392 385995)
  • Managing Fighting & Aggression – Friday 11 June 2021, 10am – 12.30pm
    Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea, PO5 4LP (02392 821816)
  • Dealing with Disobedience – Wednesday 16 June 2021, 10.00am – 12.30pm
    Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea, PO5 4LP (02392 821816)
  • Dealing with Disobedience – Monday 21 June 2021, 10.00am – 12.30pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, PO6 3PL (02392 385995)
  • Managing Fighting & Aggression – Tuesday 29th June 2021, 5.30pm – 8pm
    Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea, PO5 4LP (02392 821816)
  • Dealing with Disobedience – Thursday 8 July 2021, 5.30pm – 8pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, PO6 3PL (02392 385995)

Teen Triple P Discussion Groups (Age 12-16yrs)

  • Dealing with Teen Emotions – Tuesday 15 June 2021, 5.30pm – 8pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove PO6 3PL (02392 385995)
  • Dealing with Teen Emotions – Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 10am – 12.30pm
    Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea PO5 4LP (02392 821816)
  • Getting Teen to Co operate – Wednesday 30th June, 10am – 12.30pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove PO6 3PL (02392 385995)
  • Getting Teen to Co operate – Wednesday 14th July 2021, 5.30pm – 8pm
    Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea PO5 4LP (02392 821816)
Armed Forces Day 2021

Armed Forces Day 2021

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Portsmouth City Council are proud to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant and recognise that now more than ever, our armed forces community may need the support the Armed Forces Covenant provides. Information on how you can support, or be supported by the Covenant, is available on the Portsmouth City Council website.

For children growing up in military families, Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June and the week leading up to it is our opportunity to recognise and thank them for the unique sacrifices they and their families make and have made to support our security and wellbeing. In the past year military personnel across the country have supported us at home and abroad in the global fight against the pandemic, as well as continuing other humanitarian and peacekeeping activities around the world.

In Portsmouth and around the country, military veterans have also answered the call to action, providing much needed support to our vaccination centres and the local community. Veterans can be any age, and there are many with families that include school aged children. These children also need Armed Forces week as an opportunity to celebrate and share their experiences.

The pandemic has prevented large civic events but we will be celebrating Armed Forces Week with a flag raising ceremony to take place on Armed Forces Day.  There will also be guided walks around memorial sites and a small scale event at Gunwharf Quays.

There are lots of pre-existing educational resources available for schools and parents on the topic of the Armed Forces, past and present. These can be used during Armed Forces week to say thank you and find out more about the Armed Forces. Access the resources through the Armed Forces Day website.

If you share your school’s Armed Forces Day activities on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtag #SaluteOurForces and tag @ArmedForcesDay in your posts.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ)

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ) launching November 2021

The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is due to launch in November 2021 and some vehicles that travel through it would face a daily charge. These include non-compliant taxis, private hire vehicles (PHVs), buses, coaches, and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that:

  •        Do not meet Euro 6 emissions standards (so are Euro 5 or older) if they are diesel
  •        Do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards (so are Euro 3 or older) if they are petrol

Since you might use coaches to make trips for your school, it’s important that you’re aware that older, more-polluting buses and coaches would have to pay a charge of £50 per day to travel through the zone.

You are encouraged to speak to the coach company you’d normally use to make them aware of this charge, as they may be able to use a cleaner, greener vehicle for your school. This will also ensure that children and young people are exposed to less air pollution.

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Induction for early career teachers

Changes to induction for early career teachers from September 2021

Induction for early career teachers is changing from September 2021, and the Department for Education has published new guidance for appropriate bodies, headteachers, school staff and governing bodies. This guidance will come into effect from 1 September 2021 and the main changes are listed below. Thank you to Brighton and Hove AB for summarising the changes.

  • The term newly qualified teacher (NQT) will be replaced with early career teacher (ECT).
  • Induction will be for two years rather than one (full-time equivalent).
  • ECTs will receive 5% CPD time in their second year – and retain the 10% entitlement in the first year.
  • ECTs will carry out a programme of support and training over the two years, based on the new Early Career Framework (ECF).
  • The role of mentor is being introduced. The mentor will meet with the ECT regularly to provide targeted feedback and ensure they are receiving a high quality ECF-based programme in their CPD time.
  • The role therefore of the person responsible for overseeing induction is changing. This person (to be called the induction tutor) will be providing monitoring & support, and assessing the ECT against the Teachers’ Standards; just as they do now.
  • There will be two formal induction assessment points, one at the end of each year.
  • There will be likely be short progress reviews at the end of terms 1, 2, 4 and 5, with outcomes reported to the appropriate body.
  • For NQTs who have already started induction and will be continuing after September 2021, they have until September 2023 to complete induction using the current three-term model – however, schools are encouraged to provide an ECF-based induction and a mentor after September 2021.
  • After the transition period ends in September 2023, these ECTs will have to convert to a two-year induction for the remainder of their induction period.
  • ECTs will still need to be registered with an ‘appropriate body’ for induction and going forward this can be a local authority or a teaching school hub.
  • Appropriate Body services can be arranged as a separate provision to your ECTs (from a LA or teaching school hub) or as part of a package for delivering the ECF.

The DfE’s updated early career framework guidance explains the different options for accessing the ECF, and the funding available.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected].

Portsmouth Education Partnership logo

Vacancy: Independent Chair for Portsmouth Education Partnership

The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) is seeking to appoint a part time Independent Chair, over a two year period initially, in order to provide supportive leadership for continued education improvement in Portsmouth as we begin to move out of the pandemic.

Teach Portsmouth presents career progression in teaching

Webinar: Teach Portsmouth presents career progression in teaching

After the success of Teach Portsmouth’s first two webinars, the series returns with career progression in teaching on Wednesday 26 May from 4pm to 5pm. The webinar series aims to inspire those interested in teaching to learn more about what opportunities are available in the city.

In this webinar, attendees will find out about the differences between pastoral and senior positions as well as continuing professional development in teaching. Two Portsmouth-based teachers will give top tips on how to progress in the profession by sharing details of their own experiences. Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement at Portsmouth City Council and webinar host said:

“After working in Portsmouth as a head teacher for many years, I know first-hand the opportunities on offer for those wanting to move up or change career to teaching.

The profession provides a range of different routes for progression and promotion, whether that’s middle and senior leadership (pastoral, curriculum or teaching and learning), developing others for example through training, or school to school support, there is something for everyone.”

Lloyd O’Neil, head of science at Admiral Lord Nelson School and webinar contributor, reflected on his progression journey so far:

“I began my journey coaching sports in Portchester. I soon realised that teaching was for me – so I was keen to take this ambition further. After joining Admiral Lord Nelson School as second in science, an opportunity came up to become head of department. Teaching is a rewarding career as you see young people flourish in a subject I’m passionate about.”

Those who join the webinar will be able to learn more about each teacher, offering an insight into their unique experiences as well as their routes into teaching.

For those who want more information, attendees can submit questions as part of a live Q&A. Our second contributor, Jemma Clark who is a head teacher at Solent Infant School spoke about the uniqueness of career progression and what people can look forward to:

“Career progression is highly personal and unique for each individual. I trained at the University of Chichester and completed a post graduate certificate in education. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing many roles including being a subject specialist to my current role as head teacher. The opportunities are there and available if you wish to take them. Some may want to stay in a teaching role while others will want to progress to senior management.”

Teach Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth Education Partnership. We would like to welcome colleagues from across the city to join the webinar to learn more about the opportunities on offer. If you’ve been considering stepping up or know someone who might want to teach in your school/college, please share the details of the webinar with them.

If you have any questions about the webinar, please email [email protected].

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A new webinar from Portsmouth City Councils looks at apprenticeships for LA schools and nurseries

Updated: New webinar introduces apprenticeships designed for local authority schools and nurseries

Portsmouth City Council has announced a virtual information event for senior leaders and HR teams to learn more about apprenticeships to fund teacher QTS and more.