Love to Teach information event

November 2023

Thank you for attending Teach Portsmouth's first Love to Teach event

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our first Love to Teach event at Central Library on Tuesday 7 November.

Our Love to Teach events match people interested in joining the profession with teacher training providers who work with early years, primary, secondary, and post-16 settings in the city.

Our first event coincided with online applications opening for teacher training. If you were unable to attend this event, we would encourage you to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Be the first to hear about future events soon.

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What happened?

Those interested in teaching visited Portsmouth Central Library on Tuesday 7 November from 3pm - 5:30pm to learn about teacher training options in the city.

Information was given on routes into teaching as well as funding through bursaries, grants and loans.

After short presentations, attendees could meet eight different teacher training providers in the room and speak with the National Careers Service for advice.

Download presentation slides

If you attended the event, you can now download the slide deck on routes into teaching and funding.

Early career teachers shared their experiences from the classroom

Training providers spoke about their courses

Local professionals gave presentations on routes into teaching and funding

Find out more about the organisations who attended

Take a look at the training providers who attended the Love to Teach event and visit their websites for more information.

Ark Teacher Training

Train to teach: + Primary + Secondary

Ark Teacher Training (ATT) is a school-based programme that offers a mixture of theory and classroom practice. The training provider has received their second 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted in all categories. They are currently looking for trainees to join three schools in the city in September in both primary and secondary education.


Essential Teaching UK

Train to teach: + Secondary + Further education + Specialist

Essential Teaching UK is a leading provider of education qualifications. Their core ethos is to positively impact children and young people's lives by training educators to deliver outstanding learning experiences.

The training provider offers flexible accredited teacher training, coaching and mentoring qualifications, and assessing and verifying courses through their state of the art, live and virtual classrooms.

Website: Home (

Fareham and Gosport Primary SCITT

Train to teach: + Primary

Fareham and Gosport Primary SCITT has recently been awarded outstanding in all areas in their 2023 Ofsted inspection. Their school-based training programme enables people to be in class from day one and be immersed in all aspects of teaching and school life. 

They offer personalised support and guidance to every trainee from their highly-trained, expert class teacher mentors and dedicated SCITT team.  Trainees work towards gaining their primary QTS with PGCE.



Train to teach: + Early years + Primary + Secondary

HISP teacher training offers a one-year postgraduate route to qualified teacher status (QTS) with the option to study for a masters' level postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE).

HISP teacher training partners with highly successful schools across the area to ensure all trainees experience the very best training experience from knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers and school leaders.

Website: HISP Teaching School Hub - Home

Portsmouth Primary SCITT

Train to teach: + Early years + Primary

Portsmouth Primary SCITT offers a PGCE with QTS, qualifying successful primary trainees to teach children aged 5-11 years, and early years trainees to teach children aged 3-7 years.

This full-time course enables trainees to spend 60% of their time in local schools and 40% in our training centre participating in workshops. Trainees receive high quality mentoring whilst in school, together with holistic support from the SCITT team to enable them to develop into confident early career teachers.

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Teach First

Train to teach: + Early years + Primary + Secondary

Teach First is an education charity who train teachers in early years, primary and secondary schools. Those who enrol on the two year programme will be teaching in the classroom from day one and will grow quickly into professional practitioners. Their mission is to give children facing the biggest barriers the chance to fulfil their potential.

Website: Teach First


Train to teach: + Primary + Secondary

The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) SCITT is an accredited ITT provider offering secondary (11-16) and primary (5-11) school-based initial teacher training awarding qualified teacher status (QTS) with the option to study for a PGCE with masters' credits.

TKAT SCITT prides communication and wellbeing support to trainees to enable them to successfully complete their training year. This supports trainees in finding a suitable early career teacher (ECT) post.

Website: TKAT Teacher Training


Train to teach + Early years + Primary + Secondary

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) is a family of 26 schools across the South of England, including primary and secondary schools in Portsmouth. TSAT offers the the Department for Education internship programme for undergraduates and teacher training through Inspiring Future Teachers. TSAT will be alongside HISP at the event.

Website: Thinking Schools Academy Trust

University of Chichester

Train to teach: + Early Years + Primary + Secondary

The University of Chichester has a long history as a centre of excellence for teacher education. In 2023, all their teacher education programmes were rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, and the university was awarded the highest 'gold' rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

They offer a range of university-led training programmes and work in partnership with many schools in Portsmouth. Many of their students complete school placements and secure jobs at schools in and around Portsmouth. Whilst at university, students are taught an exciting, dynamic curriculum by experts in their fields, and whilst in schools, students are very well supported by university and school staff to fulfil their ambition to become an excellent primary school teacher.


University of Portsmouth

Train to teach: + Primary + Secondary + Further education

The University of Portsmouth offers training for primary, secondary and further education teachers. Their courses have been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Applicants will get hands-on experience, thanks to the university's partnerships with schools and colleges. Those who graduate will develop the skills and knowledge they need to open the door to excellent job opportunities.

Website: Teacher Training Courses | University of Portsmouth

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Top questions

What qualifications do I need to start teacher training?

In most cases, you will require a C/4 at GCSE in maths and English. If you want to teach primary age, you will require a C/4 in science.

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. 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.

Will there be more events?

We will be hosting further Love to Teach information events throughout the year. To be the first to hear about them, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter.