Teach Portsmouth presents early years education

Teach Portsmouth set to raise aspirations with early years webinar

An inspirational webinar series is set to return in the new year during Portsmouth Aspirations Week on Monday 17 January from 4pm – 5pm.

Teach Portsmouth presents early years education is a virtual information event for parents/carers, young people and professionals designed to showcase a range of careers in nurseries, supporting children aged 0 – 4 years old.

The webinar is part of Aspirations Week, a weeklong initiative designed to help children, young people and adults learn new skills, achieve qualifications and progress in their career.

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

“Teach Portsmouth’s webinar series is a great way to learn about careers in early years, primary, secondary and post-16 settings. The profession is alive with incredible opportunities and the pandemic has shone a light on the need to recruit qualified people to support children at the very start of their lives.

We need the right type of people to become nursery practitioners who understand the rewards and challenges of working with children. The webinar is the perfect introduction that will provide the information people need to kick start a career in early years education.”

Webinar host, Mindy Butler, childcare and early years manager at Portsmouth City Council will take people step by step through the process starting with training to becoming a qualified professional.

An apprentice, nursery practitioner and nursery manager will join Mindy and share their own experiences of working in the city.

Mindy said:

“I understand the huge rewards a career in early years can bring after setting up my own nurseries before joining Portsmouth City Council. The webinar is an amazing opportunity for those considering their next steps after school and interested in becoming a nursery practitioner. Those already working in the sector and want to progress into management will also find the webinar useful.

“Aspirations Week is a chance for us to celebrate the amazing work practitioners do but also a way for us to inspire others to consider joining the profession.”

The webinar will present nursery work as being more than just looking after children. Perceptions around the job will be challenged as well as showcasing the responsibilities an apprentice will have at the very start of their training.

To support those who are new to early years education, those who attend the webinar will be able to submit questions as part of a live Q&A session.

For more information on the webinar, visit or search ‘Teach Portsmouth’ online.

Teach Portsmouth work to recruit, retain and grow the best teachers and leaders for Portsmouth. It is part of the Portsmouth Education Partnership which is supported by Portsmouth City Council and education providers across the city.

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

Updated: Upskill your staff with an LA apprenticeship

If you are looking at opportunities to upskill your staff, a local authority apprenticeship is a great option to consider. Government funding for new recruits has been extended until 31 January 2022 with funding of £1200 to support staff.

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.