Become a teaching assistant
information event 2023

Thank you for attending Teach Portsmouth's become a teaching assistant event

Thank you to everyone who attended our information event at Paulsgrove Community Centre on Wednesday 15 November.

Over 50 people joined adult education providers, schools and multi-academy trusts who provided information on training, apprenticeships and job vacancies.

Primary and secondary schools across the city still need people to become teaching assistants. If you were unable to attend the event, we would recommend the following:

  • Need experience in the classroom? Schools always welcome volunteers. Contact them directly to see if they need help. You will need a DBS check completed which the school will help you with.
  • If you are ready to work, view the Portsmouth City Council jobs page which lists school vacancies.
  • Subscribe to the Teach Portsmouth newsletter to receive monthly job alerts and information on future events.

What happened?

Over 50 people joined us at Paulsgrove Community Centre on Wednesday 15 November to learn about careers in the classroom as a teaching assistant.

Schools and academies promoted their vacancies with training providers offering functional skills, courses and apprenticeships.

A series of presentations were held from the City of Portsmouth College, HSDC and The Learning Place on apprenticeships and relevant courses. An apprentice and deputy head teacher shared their experiences from school in the hope of inspiring attendees to start something new.

Afterwards, delegates broke out to meet exhibitors, offering taster sessions inside their schools.

Teaching assistants shared their experiences from the classroom

Schools and colleges promoted jobs and opportunities

Taster sessions offered with participating schools before people apply

Support vacancies were available to view on the jobs board

Find out more about the organisations who attended

Take a look at the schools, academies and training providers who attended the event.
Admiral Lord Nelson School

Talk to us about: + Jobs + Taster sessions

Admiral Lord Nelson School are proud to offer a vibrant and inclusive learning community where staff, students and parents all work together to constantly strive for excellence and live up to their motto 'dare to dream, aim to achieve'.

They explain their distinctive ethos in three values: inclusivity, wellbeing and high expectations. They foster a culture of respect, responsibility and kindness, where everyone is valued and supported.

Castle View Academy

Talk to us about: + Jobs + Taster sessions

Castle View Academy is a rapidly expanding academy located in the north of Portsmouth. They are proud of the education and training they offer students and staff.

They have a track record of continuous improvement in GCSE results with this year’s results setting a new record. They believe in traditional values, respect, hard work, determination and resilience, instilling these values in their students who learn by example from the staff they interact with.

Their staff are happy, dedicated and hardworking individuals. They offer bespoke continuing professional development programmes for PGCEs, ECTs, Teach First, School Direct and qualified staff offered through the academy: United Learning.

City of Portsmouth College

Talk to us about: + Training

At the City of Portsmouth College, they are shaping the city's future by unlocking the potential of their learners.

They believe every student should be able to achieve their aspiration, whatever their background or abilities. The college offer a broad range of courses across four campuses, from the highest quality academic teaching to the latest vocational and technical training.


Talk to us about: + Training + Jobs/Talent pool + Volunteering

HSDC has three campuses at Alton, Havant and South Downs (Waterlooville). Their aim is to be the first-choice further education college for students, staff and employers in Hampshire.

They have a host of committed staff in a variety of roles, who are helping to make this happen. HSDC offers an open and supportive culture, nurturing and harnessing the talents and ideas of both their staff and students.

Springfield School

Talk to us about: + Jobs + Taster sessions

Springfield School is a large and inclusive school with over 1100 students, situated in the suburb of Drayton in the north of Portsmouth. The school has an established history of excellent practice and high achievement.

In October 2019, Ofsted judged the school to be ‘good’ and commented: 'pupils are happy and safe at this school’ and ‘achieve well'; ‘leaders are determined to provide a high-quality education for all pupils, regardless of their ability or circumstances’.

The Learning Place

Talk to us about: + Apprenticeships + Training

The Learning Place is Portsmouth City Council's community learning service that provides quality training programmes that meet local needs. They offer a range of functional skills courses (maths and English) and apprenticeships.

Trafalgar School

Talk to us about: + Jobs

Trafalgar School prides itself on creating a calm, friendly and nurturing learning environment. They work hard to ensure their students' experience is founded on their five core values which were identified and defined by students and are also linked to the articles of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC): aspiration, community, inclusion, resilience and respect.  

Top questions

Do I need a GCSE C/4 in maths and English to be a teaching assistant?

Some schools will require teaching assistants to have a GCSE C/4 in maths and English. The Learning Place can support people to gain these qualifications as part of an apprenticeship or before you apply for a job.

What other opportunities are there to work in a school?

Throughout the year, Teach Portsmouth host information events to support the recruitment of teaching assistants and trainee teachers. While becoming a teaching assistant is a career in its own right, you might want to gain experience in the classroom in a support role to build your experience first. For more information on these events, visit the supporting section of the Teach Portsmouth website.

What are taster sessions?

Schools and colleges who sign up to the scheme may offer a series of taster sessions where they are based. This may involve a supervised tour of the school, a chance to meet members of staff and an opportunity to learn more about teaching assistant vacancies. It's the best way to experience the school before applying and a chance for you to ask questions. Taster sessions will not involve supporting pupils and are only designed to act as an introduction to a school or college you'd like to work at.

Get ready for the Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair 2024

The Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair returns to Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday 26 February 2024 where schools and colleges will promote their teaching and support vacancies. Training providers will offer apprenticeships and courses.

Subscribe to the Teach Portsmouth newsletter to be the first to hear about the event when tickets launch in January.

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