Portsmouth School Experience Programme – funding available for schools

At the beginning of September we will be launching the first of our campaigns to encourage people to consider teaching in Portsmouth. The campaign will include the invitation to prospective teachers to register to gain school experience in a Portsmouth school.
We are therefore looking for host schools to take prospective teachers over the course of the 2019/20 school year, probably over 2-3 days, and allow them to:
– Sit in on a variety of lessons, working with pupils under the guidance of the teacher;
– Receive advice from the Head or CPD lead on routes into teaching;
– Talk to a newly or recently qualified teacher in the school about their experience.
We hope to be able to secure some funding from the Portsmouth Education Elementary Fund to contribute to the administrative costs to schools of providing quality school experiences which could be up to £1500 for a school (or group of schools) able to take up to 10 prospective teachers over the course of the year.
To express an initial interest in taking part please contact [email protected] by Tuesday 25 June.

Portsmouth Pride 22nd June

Portsmouth Pride takes place on Saturday 22nd June. The PEP is proud to be supporting this event and we would encourage all members of our school communities to join us; staff, pupils and parents/ carers

We will be part of the parade with our PEP banner. We would love to have a large contingent our staff, pupils and parents with us. Please feel free to bring your own school banners, wear bright colours and get ready to make some noise! The PEP contingent will meet at 9.300am opposite The Yomper statue (outside the marines museum on Eastney Esplanade PO4 9PX) on and we will head to the Coffee Cup at 9.45 to join the parade.

The main event takes place on Castle Field, Southsea from 11am – 7pm and the PEP has a stall at the event so please come and say hello. For further information or to let us know that you will be joining us please contact Sarah on 07825 420519 [email protected]

The new Teach Portsmouth Website is now live!

Teach Portsmouth website and social media – the new Teach Portsmouth website and associated Facebook and Twitter social media platforms are live. Please look at the website and promote it through your networks, websites and social media. Like and follow our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, retweet us, use the hashtag #TeachPortsmouth. This collaborative approach will help us get started as we move towards the first Teach Portsmouth recruitment campaign. If you want us to share relevant good news stories or what you are doing which would encourage teachers/potential teachers or job vacancies, please email [email protected] or contact us through our social media. We are keen to keen the website and social media current, lively and dynamic!

Mayfield Public Information Event

There will be a drop-in Public Information Event hosted by building contractor Kier, at Mayfield School in Portsmouth on Wednesday 15th May from 3.30pm – 7.30pm, where the architectural plans for the new purpose-built school building can be seen.

The re-build of the Mayfield School is a government project which is led by the Department for Education (DfE) and is a centrally funded project under the Priority Schools Building Programme.

Throughout the session, you will be able to talk to representatives from Kier, the DfE, Portsmouth City Council and the school, and the outline timescales for the planning application process will be explained.

The council, Mayfield Staff and Governors have all worked very hard over recent years to create an ‘all through’ school which benefits children and the community. This is an exciting development which offers a purpose-built, state of the art, educational environment. There will be new teaching and recreational facilities for the school and the new school building will benefit the pupils, staff and the local community.

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!