Teacher Workload and Retention Conference – 5 March 2020

The Portsmouth Conference on Teacher Workload and Retention will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020.  This half day 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.

Attendees will hear from Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education, Janine Ashman, a member of the DFE working group on workload, and head teachers and leaders from Portsmouth schools sharing their experience.

  • 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.

Places, which are free of charge, must be booked by Friday 14 February on the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.

Stonewall Silver Award for Portsmouth Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS)

Portsmouth City Council has been awarded Stonewall’s Silver CYPS Champion Award.

This is a fantastic achievement which places us as one of the top performing authorities nationally. Only nine Local Authorities met the threshold for an award so we are delighted to receive the Silver Award.

This award is a celebration of close working with education settings and with stakeholders across the city.  Feedback from Stonewall recognises that we have “a great array of work being done across many different teams and departments to be more LGBT inclusive”.

We will continue to work with Stonewall and other partnerships to further develop and strengthen this work.

Exciting Project for Developing Curriculum Materials

As you may be aware there are exciting plans for Tipner West Regeneration. We are really keen to involve schools and would like to see some curriculum materials developed around the project.

We would like to work with some SLEs and/ or other strong teachers to develop some curriculum resources locally and then potentially engage with a publisher at a later stage.

Ideally this would involve both primary and secondary colleagues and would look to cover a number of curriculum areas, geography, science, engineering and maths are obvious ones, but it could potentially go broader than that too. There will be an initial workshop to find out more, discuss the project plans and scope the potential of this work.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 29th January 4-5.30pm, Conference Room B, Civic Offices.

Depending on the level of interest and availability, we would look to commission a number of teachers to work both individually and collaboratively to develop (and potentially pilot) some resources.

If you are interested in finding out more or to confirm your attendance at the workshop please contact Sarah Christopher 07825 492712  [email protected]

Looking for Volunteers?

At the end of January Portsmouth’s Volunteering Hub (Portsmouth Together) will be holding a Volunteering Fair across three days at the Tesco Extra in Fratton Way. This will be a fantastic opportunity to recruit local volunteers to your school. Over the last year we have worked with Portsmouth Together to recruit over 20 new governors, and we can also use the event to promote other opportunities e.g. listening to children read. There is no obligation to accept all volunteers – an informal interview and/or trial period can be part of the agreement, and volunteers would be expected to undertake a DBS check where appropriate.  

To promote a volunteering opportunity at your school please provide brief information on:

  • The role – what you are looking for the volunteer to do
  • When they will be needed – e.g. weekly, monthly, and also if there is a regular day of the week/ time of day you need someone
  • Any specific skills and experience you are looking for, or that no specific skills are required

Please can you send this to [email protected] so that I can get the responses collated into an information sheet for distribution at the event.

Alison Critchley

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.

Details of the activities taking place during the week and materials 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.

To help you to promote your activities, social media images, newsletter text and logos are available on the attendance campaign resources page here. Please share any photos you take of activities during the week and use hashtag #AspirationsWeek #MissSchoolMissOut in your social posts.

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.