Why teach in Portsmouth?

Pupils in Good & Outstanding Schools


(August 2020)



School census, January 2020

We have


schools in the city



providers (Ofsted 2019)

Average house price


(Zoopla November 2020 - terraced house)

Live beside the


Cost of living


cheaper than London (Expatistan)

Excellent Transport


4 airports within 90 mins

Portsmouth is a teaching city

Educational partners work together, through the Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP), to create a city with ambition. There is an aspirational education agenda which ensures that Portsmouth is a great place for teachers and pupils alike.

We know that teachers can choose where they want to teach. We would encourage you to explore the many lifestyle advantages and benefits in our great waterfront city.

The benefits include cheaper housing, good transport links, discounted parking permits, other financial incentives and discounts, lifestyle choices and opportunities (including social sports, shopping and high profile events and festivals).

Equally importantly, Portsmouth is focussed on addressing teacher workload/work life balance, offering continuing professional development and ensuring that there are opportunities for flexible working and career progression. Portsmouth is a progressive and interesting place to teach and attracts teachers from a variety of backgrounds following a range of pathways. Whether you are at the start of a teaching career, an experienced teacher, returning to teaching or seeking a career change.

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Our vision is your vision

Shared Vision

Our Shared Vision ensures that educational attainment and progress improves year on year so that children and young people are prepared for the widest possible career opportunities, and that all children, whatever their background and circumstances, should be confident, resilient, enthusiastic, happy, healthy and well prepared for adulthood and involvement in their communities.

Bringing educational partners together

Collaboration through the Portsmouth Education Partnership means that all schools receive regular constructive challenge and support from highly skilled education professionals, have rapid and easy access to appropriate local expertise and moral support, and are able to shape city-wide policies and services designed to provide targeted support for individual children, including those with special educational needs.

Driving collective responsibility

All partners of the Portsmouth Education Partnership are committed to shared accountability for improving standards and the educational outcomes and life chances of all children and young people and operate in a culture of openness, trust and collaboration which puts the interests of children and young people first.

Sharp Focus

The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) determines the vision, values & priorities of the partnership. The PEP is linked to the overarching Children’s Trust arrangements which bring together all agencies whose work affects the lives of children, young people & families, including: social care, health, the Police, Jobcentre Plus & the voluntary sector. This summary explains the PEP's 10 priorities.

Recruit, retain & grow the best teachers & leaders

Portsmouth is the place of choice for the very best senior leaders, teachers and other education staff. It is a place where professional development is fostered, career ambitions met and workloads kept manageable. We would encourage you to explore the many lifestyle advantages and benefits in our great waterfront city. 

Our Members & Partners

Portsmouth Education Partnership

Portsmouth is unique, with education partners working together to provide the best possible education for all pupils across the city. The Portsmouth Education Partnership has a wide membership and has decided on the education priorities for the city. The shared vision and sharp focus is on improving attainment and opportunities for Portsmouth children and young people.

Our Schools & Academies

Proud to be Portsmouth

People remember their teachers because they are so dedicated and so committed to make sure every single, individual child has their own best education.

My teachers make learning fun and they always make sure we are safe and well protected.

My teacher makes me laugh. In guided reading, she reads books and make it sound fun and uses different voices.

Teachers are really encouraging and supportive and no matter what you do, they are there to help you.

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