Aspirations Week 20 – 24 Jan 2020

In support of the council’s Miss School Miss Out attendance campaign, we are inviting schools to join in with Aspirations Week – 20 – 24 January 2020.

Materials for Aspirations Week for primary schools can be found at

Secondary schools are invited to sign up for EBP South’s ‘Get Inspired’ event on 22 January as part of that week, via this link.

There will be opportunities to book speakers to come into secondary schools and to talk to local employers. Further information to follow.

Let us know what you are planning for Aspirations Week and any help you need by contacting [email protected].

Miltoncross Academy presented with Wellbeing Award

Congratulations to Miltoncross Academy who have recently been awarded a whole-school Wellbeing Award:

“We are delighted to announce that we have been presented with a Wellbeing Award, by Award Place through Optimus Education.

This whole-school award is given for effective practice and provision that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of staff and students. The award has a focus on developing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all. We are incredibly proud to have received this award and to be the first School in Portsmouth to do so!”

EY Workforce Conference – 28 March 2020

The EY Workforce Conference will take place on 28 March 2020. Early Bird tickets and team discounts will be released 6-12 January 2020.

Teacher Workload and Retention Conference – 5 March 2020

The Portsmouth Conference on Teacher Workload and Retention will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020.  The 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. We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers as:

  • 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.

Please save the date! Full details and booking arrangements to follow.

Condition Improvement Fund – bids invited

The DFE has launched their latest round of Condition Improvement Fund for Academies, details of which can be found on the DFE website.  New applicants must register on the DFE portal by midday on Friday 29 November, and the deadline for completed bids is midday on Friday 13 December.

Portsmouth asked to share SEND expertise

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Michelle Donelan MP has written to commend Portsmouth education, health and care professionals on the strength of its SEND services, noting the effective engagement with families, and that children and young people have a strong voice in shaping provision and services. Portsmouth is asked to continue to build on our strengths and share our expertise with others, as well as working to address the areas for development. A full copy of the Joint Area Inspection report is attached.

Portsmouth Ice Skating – School Group Offers

We are excited to confirm that Portsmouth Ice Skating is coming to the Guildhall this winter. To help spread some festive cheer, the Portsmouth Ice Skating team is offering a group booking discount for school groups of over 15 – the perfect end-of-term treat!

Open from Saturday 23 November 2019 through to Sunday 5 January 2020, the skate sessions are one hour long and start at 10am with last stake at 8pm (or 9:15pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) – the perfect end-of-term treat.

New for this year, the ice rink includes a canopy to ensure skating sessions go ahead whatever the weather and in addition to being wheelchair accessible at all times, the team has scheduled dedicated SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) sessions. Skate aids are also available to hire for those wanting to build confidence on the ice.

Hot drinks will be available to purchase rink-side and visitors are encouraged to use Portsmouth’s surrounding outlets.

To book your school group session, and to receive the school booking discount, please call 0845 299 7991.

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Winners celebrate success at Teach Portsmouth Awards evening

The contribution of teachers from across Portsmouth was celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony at the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier on Friday 4 Oct.

On behalf of Portsmouth Educational Partnership, Portsmouth City Council hosted the second annual Teach Portsmouth award ceremony to recognise those inspirational and hardworking teachers who excelled in the nine categories of outstanding progress, creativity, innovation, community, inclusion, wellbeing, partnership, unsung hero and overall achievement.

Laura Nerssessian from Trafalgar School won the outstanding progress award. She has achieved outstanding results for her GCSE classes, securing progress grades which put the students in the top 5% of the country for both grades 5-9 and 7-9. The department is one of the two top performing departments in the school and Laura’s passion for teaching and learning is continuously driving the department forward. Laura’s aspirational goals for the students have been key in motivating and supporting them to achieve above and beyond.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It was a real privilege to share in the celebrations for our motivational and dedicated teachers tonight and I congratulate them all. The quality of candidates for the awards was superb and the winners must be very proud to know that they are held in such high regard by their pupils and peers.”

With almost 80 Lifetime Achievement Awards presented for teachers with over twenty years services, the winners of the other categories were as follows:

  • Outstanding progress – Laura Nerssessian from Trafalgar School
  • Creativity – Mrs Griggs and the Upper Junior Team at St George’s School
  • Innovation – 11 by 11 at Ark Dickens School
  • Community – The School Council at College Park School
  • Wellbeing – Jeanette Leavers from Castle View
  • Inclusion – Helen Merel at Lyndhurst School
  • Partnership – Reading resilience volunteers at the Youth Chaplaincy
  • Unsung Hero – Charmaine Caruana at Copnor School
  • Overall Achievement – joint winners Steve Labedz, Natalie Sheppard, Debbie Anderson and Polly Honeychurch

As the finale to Teach Portsmouth week – in which schools took part in a variety of activities from Teach the Parents, tutor group takeovers – the event prompted children and schools to put forward more than 100 nominees, demonstrating just how valued teachers are across the city.

As a further celebration of teachers in Portsmouth, on 29 – 31 October, in half term week, the winners of the ‘My Teacher on a Postcard’ competition will be shown in an exhibition at The Hive in Portsmouth Central Library. Children and their families will be able to visit the free event. The competition saw over 2,000 entries being submitted in a visible and moving demonstration of the regard in which pupils hold their teachers.