Children Missing Education
Every year children move between Portsmouth schools or leave the area for a school in another authority. Additionally children arrive in the city needing to access education and may require support and intervention to do so. There is a legal requirement placed on the Local Authority to monitor this movement and in Portsmouth this responsibility is undertaken jointly by Schools, Information Services, the School Attendance Team and a range of partners.
The purpose of this guidance is to outline both the legislative requirements and operational details for managing this responsibility, so that all parties understand their responsibilities and undertake them consistently and promptly. This will help to minimise disruption to pupil learning and achievement that mobility can cause, and ensure that children’s welfare is safeguarded. This guidance does not replace any part of the Child Protection or Safeguarding procedures that already exist within the Local Authority and they should be followed as appropriate.
Home Office Disrespect NoBody Campaign – Teaching Resources
The PSHE Association and the Home Office have launched new and improved teaching resources which support the government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign. The resources (which are free to download here) have been developed in consultation with PSHE teachers. You can also view and download other resources to support the campaign here
Children with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities
The Local Offer website is a collaboration between parents and carers of disabled children, young people and Portsmouth City Council to help you find what is available in the area for those with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (ages 0-25) and how to access a variety of services.
The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) brings together Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), schools, academies, colleges, early years settings, Higher Education Institutions, the council, teaching schools, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), Portsmouth Dioceses and EBP South to improve attainment and opportunities for children and young people across the city.
The PEP is linked to the overarching Children’s Trust arrangements for Portsmouth which bring together all agencies whose work affects the lives of children, young people and families, including: social care, health, the Police, Jobcentre Plus, the voluntary sector, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and others.