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)

  • Managing Fighting & Aggression – Tuesday 2 November 2021, 10am-12.30pm
    Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea, PO5 4LP (02392 821816)
  • Dealing with Disobedience – Tuesday 9 November 2021, 10am-12.30pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3PL (02392 385995)
  • Dealing with Disobedience – Wednesday 17 November 2021, 6pm –8.30pm
    Buckland Family Hub,Turner Road, Portsmouth,PO1 4PN (02392 733440)
  • Managing Fighting & Aggression – Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 6pm-8.30pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3PL (02392 385995)
  • Dealing with Disobedience – Wednesday 8 December 2021, 10am-12:30pm
    Milton Family Hub, Perth Road, Southsea PO4 8EU (02392 827392)

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

  • Reducing Family Conflict – Wednesday 10 November 2021, 10am-12.30pm
    Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea, PO5 4LP (02392 821816)
  • Coping with Teen Emotions – Tuesday 16 November 2021, 10am-12.30pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3PL (02392 385995)
  • Getting Teenagers to Co operate – Wednesday 17 November 2021, 6pm – 8.30pm
    Milton Family Hub, Perth Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8EU (02392 827392)
  • Reducing Family Conflict – Thursday 9 December 2021, 6pm – 8.30pm
    Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3PL (02392 385995)

To book your place, please call the relevant family hub.

Teach Portsmouth presents SEN teaching

Webinar: Teach Portsmouth presents special educational needs teaching

A webinar for futures teachers successfully showcased the rewards of the profession, supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in the city.

Teach Portsmouth presents special educational needs teaching was streamed live on Wednesday 20 October through Zoom video conferencing. The webinar was aimed at people looking to specialise in this area as well as inspiring graduates to consider a career in teaching.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said:

“Teaching is a rewarding career for many reasons as you are helping children and young people reach their full potential. The most important takeaway from this webinar, is regardless of what age group you teach, every teacher is a teacher of special educational needs and/or disabilities.

“The professionals who spoke during the webinar work in primary, secondary and specialist settings which gave attendees a realistic picture of what it is like to work in a school or academy in Portsmouth.”

The webinar showcased the type of roles available in local schools and academies to help pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This included how a teacher or learning support assistant may help children and young people in small groups as well as the role of a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) who is responsible for managing a setting’s day to day provision.

The webinar series was created as a way to reach people further afield than Portsmouth, who might be interested in working in the city’s schools and academies. Each webinar provides a top-level view of teaching with the latest series focusing on specialisms within the profession.

A second webinar is planned for January, focusing on early years professionals and the exciting careers people can apply for in the city.

Teach Portsmouth’s latest webinar on special education needs teaching is now available to watch online.

Watch the recording

Explore Portsmouth SEND Local Offer

If you are a professional working with children and young people in Portsmouth aged 0 – 25 years old with SEND, visit the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer website for resources.

COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 12 to 15

COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 12 to 15

Below are a number of useful links which provide the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including FAQs.

Updates and FAQs

 Guidance for schools

Guidance for parents

 Guides for children and young people

Easy reads

Further public information resources about COVID-19 and the vaccination programme

These are also available in alternative formats including leaflets and videos translated into different languages, easy-read information leaflets, British Sign Language videos and large print information leaflets:

Get the latest updates and advice on the vaccine programme from:

Frances Soul

Introduction from Frances Soul, PEP Independent Chair

For those of you that I didn’t meet at the PEP summer conference, it is good to be able to say hello and give a brief introduction and update on my time so far. My name is Frances Soul. I live in Hampshire but have worked in schools across England and also with education providers in South Africa, India, and USA. I have had a rich, varied and possibly atypical career in education and aim to use this to the benefit of the PEP as your Chair. As I said when I joined the PEP summer conference I won’t waste space and time on my CV, just ‘Google me’ if you want to know more.

More importantly, last week I had the pleasure of meeting a few members of the PEP strategic board face to face. It was so good to start visiting Portsmouth schools and see and hear from those leading some of the priority strands of year 2 of the PEP strategy. I heard from Natalie Sheppard about the digital innovation coming out of TSAT and collaboration across the PEP on the Digital Drive, and from Matt Johnson at Copnor Primary on the priorities for the language and literacy strand. If you have not yet read it do take a look at the Approaches to Reading document, which was a true collaborative development that came from the wider group last year.

Inclusion is a strong theme of the PEP and I was delighted to be able to visit Mary Rose Academy to meet Sharon Burt and hear of her work within Solent Academies Trust and also the collaborative initiatives with the PEP for inclusion for all schools and children from EY to post-16. Speaking of post-16, I then moved on to meet Simon Barrable and hear how a more unified strategy for post-16 provision has been enabled through the creation of the City of Portsmouth College and their collaboration on the priority to improve post-16 impact and reduce NEET. Finally with Jane Bush at Langstone Junior Academy, UniCAT, I heard about her leadership of the primary heads group for the year and the work coming out of the Solent Maths Hub for which she is currently the PEP representative.

Without exception I was greeted with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to working together for the good of all children and young people in the schools and colleges across Portsmouth. I look forward to meeting more of you over the coming weeks and months and leading the strategic board on your behalf to even greater impact and success.

Please do feel free to contact me directly on [email protected] with any questions, suggestions or even an invitation to meet. I will always respond!

Frances Soul
PEP Independent Chair

Subject network meetings – autumn term 2021

Please find below the dates of subject network meetings scheduled for this year so far. Please also find the joining instructions for this term.

If you would like further information on any of these networks please contact the network leader.

Full details and joining instructions are on the PEP calendar.


Network leader Contact details Dates
English Primary (PEN) Sarah Hilditch [email protected] 29 September 2021

24 November 2021

26 January 2022

30 March 2022

29 June 2022

English Secondary Joe Were
St Edmund’s
Primary Maths Natalie Pullen

[email protected]

28 August 2021

16 November 2021

Secondary Maths Via HISP  
Primary Science Holly Thompson

Dario Recchia

[email protected]

[email protected]

18 October 2021

2 March 2021

18 May 2021

Computing Phil Wickins [email protected] 22 September 2021
MFL Liz Lord [email protected] 15 November 2021

17 March 2022

13 June 2022

RE: Primary Justine Ball [email protected] 4 October 2021
RE: Secondary Pat Hannam [email protected] With Hants
Music Sue Beckett [email protected] 29 September 2021
Arts Network Julia Wisbey [email protected] 19 October 2021
STEM Laura Watford  [email protected] 11 October 2021
Chantelle Knight [email protected] 7 October 2021
Chantelle Knight [email protected] 27 September 2021
SENCO Network Sarah Christopher [email protected] 23 September 2021

30 November 2021

EYFS Ella Harbut [email protected]

7 October 2021

15 February 2022

18 May 2022

Portsmouth Inclusion Conference 2021

Portsmouth Inclusion Conference 2021

Planning for the 2021 Portsmouth Inclusion Conference is well under way and the conference theme and keynote speakers have been confirmed.

The conference will take place on Thursday 21 October and tickets are now available to purchase.

The theme of the conference this year is ‘Relationship-based practice: The importance of relationships for happiness, wellbeing, school effectiveness and inclusion‘.

The first keynote speaker is Pooky Knightsmith.

An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, understanding and knowledge they need to support the children in their care.

Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of many books, is the research and development director at Creative Education and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She lives with PTSD and autism.

The second keynote speaker is Mark Finnis.

Mark Finnis is the founder and director of L30 Relational Systems and has more than 20 years’ experience of working with schools, organisations large and small, both nationally and internationally.  Mark has been involved in the national development of restorative practices since the late 1990s.

Mark is the author of Independent Thinking On Restorative Practice: Building relationships, improving behaviours and creating stronger communities, which is a number 1 best seller on Amazon. In 2019 he received the Chris Donovan Trust’s Restorative Practice Champion award in recognition of his work nationally.

Mark has advised on national policy and practice development since 2005 and was part of a small group who rewrote the national best practice guidance for restorative practitioners in 2012. Mark is also proud to be an associate for Research in Practice (RIP) and Independent Thinking Limited (ITL). Mark is trained as an FGC coordinator and is a licensed NLP Master Practitioner trained and certified under Dr Richard Bandler.

There will also be a selection of workshops that will be announced shortly.

Book your ticket

HISP Teaching School Hub logo

Salterns Academy Trust confirmed sub-regional lead for HISP Teaching School Hub

The Salterns Academy Trust will be sub-regional lead for the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth Teaching School Hub (HISP TSH). The HISP TSH was designated by the DfE in February 2021 to support teachers’ professional development at all stages of their career.

The HISP TSH will deliver this through evidence-based programmes of support and qualification, centred around five core functions:

  1. Initial teacher training (ITT) – linked to the Hampshire SCITT Partnership, providing support to trainees and early career teachers (ECTs).
  2. Early career framework (ECF) – as a delivery partner of the Education Development Trust, transforming the support and development offers for teachers at the start of their career.
  3. Appropriate body (AB) – supplying AB services to meet the needs of our region across all phases and settings (N.B. all schools that offer a statutory induction are required to have an AB for their ECTs).
  4. National professional qualification (NPQ) – as a delivery partner of the Education Development Trust, providing a reformed suite of NPQs to teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice.
  5. Continuing professional development (CPD) – working alongside Curriculum Hubs and the HISP Research School, delivering high-quality evidence-based programmes.

As sub-regional lead, The Salterns Academy Trust will work with HISP TSH to deliver the golden thread of teacher development, specifically tailored to meet the needs of the schools and teachers within our geographical area. In addition, the trust will host events on behalf of HISP TSH, HISP Research School and the Solent Maths Hub.

This is a new and exciting opportunity for all schools within this region to benefit from expert advice.

For more information, visit the HISP Teaching School Hub website.

People's choice award winner

Inspirational head teacher wins people’s choice award thanks to local residents

An inspirational head teacher has been recognised by his local community in an annual awards ceremony for teachers with a surprise trophy giving at his school.

Local residents have recognised head teacher, Ashley Howard for his efforts to support pupils and their families during the pandemic which included delivering food parcels and acting as a crossing patrol person when a colleague was feeling unwell.

The surprise event was held in front of pupils and staff in the school playground. Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council who presented the award said:

“The people’s choice award has given Portsmouth an opportunity to applaud staff for their efforts during the last two academic years. Those who work in schools and colleges have gone above and beyond in so many ways.

“The response was overwhelming. Ashley received the biggest share of nominations by far. It was only right that we congratulated Ashley in front of his colleagues and pupils as a way to recognise everything he has achieved.”

With school and college staff working at a pace to provide COVID secure environments for pupils, the impact of their actions has often been immeasurable. Parents and governors have praised their efforts during a period of rapid change. While staff see this as part of their job, local residents view these actions differently as going above and beyond the call of duty.

The people’s choice category has given school and college communities a voice by allowing them to nominate a teacher, learning support assistant or head teacher who has supported them throughout the pandemic.

Teach Portsmouth, part of Portsmouth City Council promote the recruitment and retention of teachers in the city. Every year, an awards ceremony for the city’s education workforce are held to celebrate their achievements.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News who was present for the award giving as sponsor said:

“The News has supported the Teach Portsmouth Awards since it was created. This year, we were given the opportunity to sponsor the people’s choice award, allowing the city to tell us who deserved a collective thank you.

“Ashley Howard is a very worth winner. While he is very humble, his efforts to support the community have not gone unnoticed.”

During the pandemic, Ashley supported parents and carers in all manner of situations, even stepping into the role of a lollipop person. One parent said:

“Mr Howard has gone above and beyond during the pandemic to support and encourage the school community with great YouTube videos and resources which have helped with at home learning. He always ensures the safety of pupils, even stepping in as lollipop person when a colleague was feeling unwell.”

Local residents were asked to submit a supporting statement to explain why their nominee deserved the award. Examples included those delivering food parcels during lockdown, school staff calling home to ensure their pupils were okay and supporting parents with at home learning.

Ashley Howard, head teacher at Highbury Primary School reflected on winning the award:

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the local community for nominating me for the people’s choice award. It is an amazing feeling to be recognised.

“While the award has my name on it, I want people to know that it is recognition of all of our efforts as a school. Whether that’s our learning and teaching team or our amazing pupils, this is an award for all of us.”

As part of The Teach Portsmouth Awards Live ceremony, a special film was created to capture the award giving at Highbury Primary School. To watch the virtual awards, visit

Teach Portsmouth Awards Live

Superstar teachers shine bright at Teach Portsmouth Awards Live ceremony

A virtual awards ceremony in Portsmouth for the city’s superstar teachers has revealed the winners in 8 award categories on Thursday 8 July. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event was held on Zoom video conferencing.

Teachers, learning support assistants and head teachers have gone above and beyond to support the city’s children, young people and families during the pandemic. The awards ceremony has showcased school and college staff in categories such as innovation in teaching, community and collaboration, outstanding achievement and more.

Their impact on Portsmouth has been immeasurable. Examples include teachers calling home to check on pupils during lockdown, introducing technology at a pace for learning online as well as delivering food parcels to those in need.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said:

“It’s fantastic to see so many colleagues being recognised for their immense efforts during the pandemic. While there isn’t a specific category for COVID-19, each nominee featured in the shortlist went above and beyond to support their community during this time.

“While the winners deserve praise and recognition, it’s important to realise that everyone who works in schools and colleges in Portsmouth all deserve a collective round of applause. You are all superstars.”

Prior to the virtual event, entries were reviewed by a shortlisting panel. The people’s choice award was the only category to allow local residents to nominate a teacher, learning support assistant or head teacher who had gone above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic. This category was judged on the amount of entries per nominee to work out a winner.

The Teach Portsmouth Awards Live celebrated the immense efforts of those who work in education settings in a virtual ceremony, hosted by broadcaster, Reverend Richard Coles.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony in the following categories:

  • Innovation in teaching award (Sponsored by: Portsmouth College)
    • Ben Currier – Combined subject leader for international languages – Mayfield School
  • Creativity award – (Sponsored by: Thinking Schools Academy Trust)
    • Year one team – Bramble Infant School and Nursery
  • Unsung hero award (Sponsored by: Express FM)
    • Rebecca Britti – Curriculum lead for languages – Admiral Lord Nelson School
  • Inclusion and diversity award (Sponsored by: Caterlink)
    • Emma Darbyshire – PSCHE teacher – Flying Bull Academy
  • Communication and collaboration award (Sponsored by: Kier)
    • Layla Gover – Higher level teaching assistant – Milton Park Primary School
  • Partnership award (Sponsored by: University of Portsmouth)
    • Bridging Portsmouth’s Digital Divide team (Portsmouth City Council / Shaping Portsmouth / The Hive / Thinking Schools Academy Trust)
  • Outstanding contribution award (Sponsored by: BAE Systems)
    • Roberta Kirby – Head teacher – Fernhurst Junior School
  • People’s choice award (Sponsored by: The News)
    • Ashley Howard – Head teacher – Highbury Primary School

In addition, 90 teachers received long service awards for 20 years of service to the city. There is no overall winner in this category and everyone receives an award. Those who have won awards work in all areas of school and college life. From learning support assistants to head teachers, the awards celebrate everyone’s successes.

Roberta Kirby, head teacher at Fernhurst Junior School won the outstanding contribution award said:

“I was thrilled to have been nominated for the outstanding contribution award. However, when Councillor Suzy Horton burst through the door with a trophy I was absolutely stunned.

“What’s important to remember is that the trophy isn’t just for me but recognition of the whole team who have gone above and beyond to support everyone during the pandemic.”

Over the last two academic years, Portsmouth City Council has worked closely with schools, colleges and organisations across the city to ensure communities feel supported. The Teach Portsmouth Awards Live recognises those who have done their bit to help.

Mike Stoneman, deputy director for children, families and education at Portsmouth City Council reflected on the importance of such an event:

“The Teach Portsmouth Awards is always a firm favourite in the city’s event calendar as we celebrate our hard working teams. With the pandemic, it’s more important than ever before to recognise their incredible efforts and the role teachers, learning support assistants and head teachers play in our communities.”

A recording of the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live ceremony is now available to watch online.