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Teach Portsmouth presents early years education

Portsmouth nursery workers inspire next generation with exciting careers

A virtual meet and greet was held with two nursery workers on Monday 17 January during Portsmouth Aspirations Week.

The webinar, called Teach Portsmouth presents early years education welcomed parents/carers, young people and professionals, showcasing the range of careers on offer in nurseries, supporting children aged up to four.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education said:

“Aspirations Week is a great way to get people thinking about the careers they want. Early years education supports children who are just starting out, teaching them essential life skills that will benefit them for years to come.

“By inviting nursery workers to join the webinar, those watching were able to get a very real look at the rewards and challenges of the job. No career is without challenge but both individuals gave a reassuring account of what people can expect when they join the profession.”

Aspirations Week is a week-long initiative designed to help children, young people and adults learn new skills, achieve qualifications and progress in their career. This supports Portsmouth City Council’s commitment to life-long learning.

Like many professions, becoming a nursery practitioner requires patience, creativity, and care. These soft skills are essential to progress in the sector as you start from an apprentice and work your way up. Those who aspire for more can move into management or even own their own nursery.

Abbie Hendry, who is a nursery manager at Rainbow Corner Nursery shared her experience progressing from an apprentice into a more senior role.

Abbie said:

“Before joining a nursery, I was a hairdresser, but I wasn’t enjoying it. I would work every weekend and didn’t have enough time to see friends and family. A friend had recently joined a nursery and was doing really well. I decided to enrol at a local college on an apprenticeship. I quickly fell in love with the role, especially the interactions I would have between parents and their children.

“Over time, I wanted to move into a more senior position after completing my apprenticeship. I completed a qualification to help children with special educational needs. I’m now the nursery manager – it can be hard work but it is really rewarding.”

James Dyer, a qualified nursery practitioner, who co-owns a nursery, spoke about his background as a teacher in a primary school.

James said:

“For many years, I worked in youth and play services across the city. It was a job I loved but I began to think about a career in teaching. After I completed training, I became a primary school teacher. I really enjoyed the role but an opportunity to join my wife at Southsea Nature Nursery soon came up.

“There was some cross over with my teaching background, but I did have to update my training. I now co-own the nursery and absolutely love it. Outdoor learning for children is important and I’m honoured to be able to provide that service.”

Those who joined the webinar were able to submit questions which were answered during a live Q&A session. Webinar host, Mindy Butler, childcare and early years manager at Portsmouth City Council introduced each speaker and presented information on local training providers in the city.

Mindy said:

“The webinar gave us a chance to showcase what Portsmouth has to offer for unqualified and qualified individuals. From amazing apprenticeships that prepare you for work to a supportive community of nurseries who foster an environment where progression is possible. We hope those who joined us for the webinar found this an exciting start on the road to becoming a nursery practitioner.”

A recording of the webinar is now available to watch on the Teach Portsmouth website. Visit www.teachportsmouth.co.uk/webinar.

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.

SEND young people’s survey 2022 launched

Do you know a young person with SEND in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth City Council, in collaboration with Dynamite Portsmouth, have launched their annual survey which invites young people aged 14-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to share their feedback on the services and support available in the city. Your responses will be used to shape future services for young people and their families.

The SEND survey is open until until 4pm on Friday 25 March.

Visit the Portsmouth Local Offer website to find out more and complete the survey.

A day in the life of an ELSA

Kelly-Jayne Jones from Newbridge Junior School shares her experience working as an ELSA:

“Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, along with other support staff, provide a safe environment to offer children emotional support. Whether this be through 1:1 sessions on helping them take turns, play well with others, understanding their triggers or being part of a bereavement group. ELSA is done differently in school settings to suit the children’s needs.

In my school, I support children when they first get into school by welcoming them into the school building or checking in with them during the morning to make sure they are settled. I help them in their classroom to regulate their emotions so they are able to focus on their school work.

I have children for 1:1 sessions where together we think of strategies to help support them to prevent dysregulation and support them with steps they can take before they get to the coke bottle explosion!

I also run a service children group, where once a week, we all get together and talk about how they are feeling when loved ones are deployed. They all help each other when they are finding it hard by giving each other coping mechanisms and making each other laugh!

It is a very rewarding job and I love seeing the positive impact it has on the children.”

ELSAs are part of the school based support available to children and young people for their social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). You can find out more about the role of ELSAs on the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer website.

Information about the SEMH pathways to support available in Portsmouth can be found in our new guidance for professionals and families.

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 www.teachportsmouth.co.uk/webinar 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