Teach Portsmouth Jobs
and Opportunities Fair 2024

Monday 26 February 2024

Portsmouth Guildhall (First floor)

10am - 2pm

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Discover the latest teaching and support vacancies in schools and colleges

+ Jobs + Volunteering + Training + Apprenticeships + Information and advice + Taster sessions
  • Want to work in a school or college?

  • Need information on training and apprenticeships?

Schools and colleges across Portsmouth need patient and professional people who can support pupils in the classroom.

Take that first step and attend the Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair at Portsmouth Guildhall (first floor) on Monday 26 February from 10am - 2pm.

From classroom assistants to trainee teachers, meet schools and colleges who are looking for people just like you to fill these exciting roles.

    Adult education providers will be on hand to discuss all things apprenticeships and provide information on training courses to boost your qualifications.

    Discover jobs and opportunities in primary, secondary and post-16 education.

    Meet 24 exhibitors from across education

    View vacancies on the jobs board

    Watch presentations inside the Opportunities Room

    Enrol on taster sessions with participating schools

    Meet our exhibitors

    Speak to 24 different exhibitors, including schools, academies, training providers and career specialists, who can support you to start a career in education.


    Bohunt Education Trust

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    Bohunt Education Trust will be showcasing a range of jobs and opportunities at the Priory School in Southsea.


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    Caterlink are education catering specialists, focusing solely on primary, secondary, academy and college clients. Healthy eating is at the very heart of their approach to food. They wholeheartedly encourage balanced diets within their dining rooms and significantly invest in training their teams. Their policy of purchasing a range of seasonal produce from local and regional suppliers enables them to deliver exceptional value. Caterlink will have a range of job opportunities available in local schools and academies.

    Hamwic Education Trust

    Discover: + Jobs + Apprenticeships  + Information and advice + Volunteering

    Hamwic Education Trust was established in 2011 and is one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the South of England. They have schools and partnerships spread across Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole and Dorset.

    They are passionate about delivering education and believe that every local school should be good enough for its community. To fulfil this aim they invest in their staff and through a strong development programme they drive for school improvement and work together to achieve the Hamwic vision.


    Discover: + Jobs + Training + Information and advice + Taster sessions

    HSDC is a college with three campuses at Alton and 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 who are helping to make this happen through living their values of kindness, respect, inclusion and success.

    HSDC offers an open and supportive culture, nurturing and harnessing the talents and ideas of both their staff and students.

    King's Group Academies (KGA)

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    King's Group Academies (KGA) is dedicated to upholding the highest standards, both within the classroom and beyond. Rooted in their ethos, extended curriculum, entrepreneurial approach, and international dimension, they strive to shape confident and well-rounded individuals, ready for life in an ever-evolving world.

    Their academies, spanning across the Southeast, Berkshire, and Hampshire, encompass a comprehensive range from primary to secondary and all-through academies. Within their network, you will find infant, junior, all-through primary, secondary (including those with 6th Form), as well as an all-through early years to sixth form academy. Their academies vary in size, reflecting a rich tapestry of cultural and socio-economic diversity within their Trust.

    In addition to providing quality education, they extend their commitment to sustainable improvement, employee and family wellbeing, professional development, flexible working, carbon footprint reduction, employee involvement, career progression, and ongoing systems and procedures support. Their dedicated central team is there to ensure a holistic and enriching experience for both their pupils and employees.

    Local authority primary schools

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    Come and view vacancies from local authority primary schools including St Paul's Catholic Primary School, St Jude's Primary School, Fernhurst Junior School and Brambles Infants School. There will be representatives from each of these schools on the table throughout the day.

    Mayfield School

    Discover: + Jobs + Training + Apprenticeships + Taster sessions + Information and advice

    Mayfield School is at the heart of a thriving local community. They are one of the first single-site, all-through maintained schools in the country, providing a unique opportunity to improve the lives of all students in their community.

    They strive for all students to receive a high-quality education, in a safe environment where they are valued, supported, inspired and future ready!

    Mayfield School is currently embarking on a rapid school improvement journey with the support of Salterns Academy Trust.

    Solent Academies Trust

    Discover: + Jobs + Volunteering + Information and advice

    Solent Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust working collectively for the benefit of their community and those they support to reduce disadvantage for vulnerable learners.

    They are currently comprised of five special schools, three of which are in Portsmouth.  Founded by Mary Rose Academy, which now celebrates its fourth outstanding Ofsted rating, their trust has over 17 years' experience in transforming lives of children and families through high quality specialist education for pupils aged 2 - 19.

    Springfield School (The De Curci Trust)

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    The De Curci Trust is a mixed-phase multi-academy trust comprising of Solent Infant School, Solent Junior School and Springfield School (secondary). The schools within their trust share a vision of promoting high aspirations and achieving excellent outcomes for all children. Their schools are inclusive and serve the children who live nearby. 

    The team will have a range of job vacancies on offer and volunteering opportunities if you would like to gain experience working with children. For more information, visit www.springfield.uk.net

    Thinking Schools Academy Trust

    Discover: + Jobs + Volunteering + Apprenticeships + Taster sessions + Information and advice

    The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is made up of 26 schools across Kent, Portsmouth, Essex and the southwest. While each school embarks on its own individual journey, they all share a vision of “transforming life chances” for every child and young person educated by their trust.

    The team will be promoting a variety of jobs in primary and secondary schools from across the city of Portsmouth.

    Trafalgar School

    Discover: + Jobs + Training + Taster sessions + Information and advice

    Trafalgar School is a very special community where relationships are at the core of everything they do. They are continually striving for excellence in all aspects of what they do as they fulfil their moto; “learning today, leading tomorrow”. Being part of #teamtrafalgar is a privilege.

    Their aim is to provide an outstanding all-round educational experience and are committed to the success and excellence for all their students.

    In June 2023, they were inspected by Ofsted and judged to be a strongly ‘good’ school with ‘outstanding’ personal development. They are enjoying the next stage of their journey (to become outstanding in all areas) and continue to receive incredible feedback about their child-centred approach. Their leaders share best practice through extensive outreach work across the city and beyond.

    University of Chichester Academy Trust

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    The University of Chichester Academy Trust was formed in 2012 and currently have nine schools in Portsmouth. Their mission is to create a vibrant inclusive and aspirational family of academies, transforming life chances for pupils through excellent teaching and learning.

    They will be promoting a range of non-teaching vacancies and professional service roles.

    City of Portsmouth College

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    City of Portsmouth College aspire to be the employer of choice in the Portsmouth area, with a progressive, supportive, and rewarding workplace culture and one that offers competitive benefits for its staff. By joining them, you will personally be part of the change they are driving and will play a pivotal role in supporting the growth and development of their brilliant students, turning them into future leaders and innovators.

    Everyone at City of Portsmouth College is part of the bigger picture and together, each role makes an impact and in turn a difference to their students learning journey. They have an unrivalled curriculum of courses on offer for students of all ages and stages covering A-levels, apprenticeships, vocational and technical courses. They also offer higher education, online learning and community courses.


    Jobcentre Plus (Department for Work and Pensions)

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    Job Centre Plus provides employment advice and information on a range of vacancies from the local area. They work with employers, apprenticeship providers and volunteering coordinators to showcase opportunities in Portsmouth.

    If you are looking for a specific job or want advice, the team can discuss jobs and opportunities as well as point you in the right direction towards employment.

    National Careers Service

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    Want free and impartial advice on careers?

    The National Careers Service provides high quality, free and impartial information, advice
    and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

    They can carry out skills assessments to match you with the perfect career whilst also exploring different career options.

    They can talk about courses and apprenticeships, enabling you to earn while you learn.


    Community Learning Service at The Learning Place

    Discover: + Training + Apprenticeships + Information and advice

    Join the Community Learning Service where you can grow your potential and broaden your horizons.
    The Learning Place offer a variety of free workshops and courses that can help improve health and wellbeing, confidence and digital skills. You can also gain qualifications in maths, English and IT, alongside other accredited courses all designed to help you take that next step in your career.

    They are a provider for teaching assistant, team leader, business administration, health care support worker and playworker apprenticeships. An apprenticeship gives the opportunity to get hands on experience in the workplace, alongside time to study and a recognised qualification.

    Early years practitioners and childminders

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    Want to work with children aged 0 - 5 years old? Early years practitioners and childminders care for and educate children at the very start of their lives.

    The early years and childcare team at Portsmouth City Council will be showcasing a range of vacancies and apprenticeships from nurseries and pre-schools in Portsmouth.

    The team will also provide information and advice on working in early years settings and offer support and guidance for those wanting to train to become qualified practitioners or childminders.

    Play Youth Community

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    The Play and Youth service at Portsmouth City Council provides six staffed adventure playgrounds and four youth clubs, providing safe and informal educational environments, where children and young people are supported with their mental health and wellbeing.

    Their adventure playgrounds are exciting spaces encouraging exploration and ‘freely chosen play’ supported by experienced playworkers.

    Youth work offers young people safe spaces to explore their identity, experience decision-making and increase their confidence. This leads to better informed choices, changes in activity and improved outcomes for young people.

    Passenger assistants

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    Want to help pupils reach school on time? Become a passenger assistant within the transport operations team at Portsmouth City Council.

    Passenger assistants support approximately 900 pupils (aged 2 - 25 years old), helping them get to schools and colleges. You may work with pupils with special educational needs as well as care-experienced children. You may use minibuses, wheelchair accessible minibuses and taxis.

    Most pupils are based in Portsmouth, but you may travel to Fareham, Waterlooville and Southampton in this role.

    School crossing patrollers

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    Being a school crossing patroller for Portsmouth City Council ensures that all members of the public cross the road safely at the designated crossing point.

    This role is term time only, 2 hours per day (1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon), with the bonus of being paid for all the school holidays (T+C apply).

    You will be provided with all the uniform necessary for all weather conditions.

    We currently cover 33 schools in the Portsmouth area. Come and talk about opportunities with us!


    Ark Teacher Training

    Discover: + Training + Information and advice + Taster sessions

    Ark Teacher Training is a school-based programme offering the perfect mixture of theory and classroom practice to develop you into the best teacher you can be. They believe that every child, regardless of their background, deserves to have access to a great education -they work mainly in lower income communities with a history of academic underachievement.

    They are very1 proud to have just received their second ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in all categories! There are only a few initial teacher training providers in the UK that can say the same. At the event, they are looking for fantastic trainees to join their three schools in Portsmouth from September 2024.

    They offer trainee opportunities in the following age groups:

    • Primary
    • Secondary

    For further information, visit: www.arkteachertraining.org

    HISP Teacher Training

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    Inspiring Future Teachers (IFT) is a national school centred provider of initial teacher training (SCITT). HISP Teacher Training is one of IFT's regional hubs giving you the opportunity to train to teach in local primary and secondary schools whilst being part of a national network of trainee teachers. Their one-year postgraduate route to qualified teacher status (QTS) has the option to study for a masters level postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE).

    Portsmouth Primary SCITT

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    Portsmouth Primary SCITT offers high quality initial teacher education leading to qualified teacher status in primary education. The courses lead to either a postgraduate certificate in education or professional certificate in education (PGCE) accredited by the University of Chichester.

    The SCITT works in partnership with over 20 schools at different times. As a smaller provider, they pride themselves on knowing their trainees in depth and are able to provide a bespoke programme for individuals.

    Primary Catholic Partnership SCITT

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    Primary Catholic Partnership SCITT is a school-centred initial teacher training provider offering postgraduate teacher apprenticeship training for experienced school staff. They are currently working with schools across Portsmouth and beyond who are willing to support their teaching assistants, HTLA's and other support staff in their teaching journey.

    Schools access the cost of the training through government funding and pay the trainee an unqualified teacher wage during training. As a school-centred provider, their programmes offer plenty of hands-on learning, providing ‘an exceptionally effective balance of academic and practical experiences.'

    University of Portsmouth teacher training

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    The University of Portsmouth will be promoting a range of teacher training courses in primary and secondary education. They will also be able to provide information and advice on routes into teaching.

    Download the floor plan

    Find your way at the Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair and plan your route around the venue. Discover 24 different exhibitors or watch a presentation inside the Opportunities Room - there's something for everyone at the event.

    Watch presentations in the Opportunities Room

    From becoming a teacher to applying for an apprenticeship, the Opportunities Room is the best place to find information and advice on working in schools and colleges.

    Entry to the Opportunities Room is included in your event ticket. View our presentation schedule below to time your visit with a talk.

    10:20am - 10:40am
    Apprenticeships - Are they for me?

    Sandra Wilkie - Portsmouth City Council

    11:00am - 11:20am
    How to become a teaching assistant?

    Callum Murphy - Teach Portsmouth /
    Sue Parkes - The Learning Place /
    Darren Darby - HSDC

    11:40am - 12pm
    Are you from overseas? Top tips for working in education

    Jamie Buchanan - Job Centre Plus

    12:20pm - 12:40pm
    How to get a job in a school and college?

    Callum Murphy - Teach Portsmouth /
    Nathan Sibley - HSDC

    1pm - 1:20pm
    Jobs at Portsmouth City Council

    Tina West - Portsmouth City Council

    1:30pm - 1:50pm
    How to become a teacher?

    Emma Cornish - Portsmouth Primary SCITT

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    Top questions

    How many exhibitors will be attending?

    The Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair will welcome 24 exhibitors on the day. We will continue to add more information on exhibitors as we approach the date. Exhibitors will include schools, multi-academy trusts (organisations who run different schools in the city), adult education providers, Portsmouth City Council services and employment specialists. Altogether, these exhibitors can support you to start a career in education.

    What are taster sessions?

    Taster sessions are offered by schools who participate in the scheme. This gives attendees a chance to visit a specific school, have a tour, meet staff and learn more about working there.

    Each school is responsible for their own taster sessions and will implement a waiting list if demand exceeds availability. More information on who will be part of the scheme will be promoted nearer to the event.

    Do I need to bring my CV to the event?

    It is not a requirement to bring a CV. However, if you would find it useful to reference during any conversations you have with exhibitors, please bring it along. While exhibitors will have a range of jobs and opportunities on offer, you will still need to apply for a job or opportunity following their application process after the event.

    Do I need to register for talks in the Opportunities Room?

    The Opportunities Room has a capacity for 100 people per talk. We will be running different talks throughout the day. Your ticket to the event automatically gives you access to this room - so there is no need to book an additional ticket. Please view the timetable above for talks to time your arrival.

    How can I volunteer in a school or colleges?

    While we are still confirming exhibitors for the event and the opportunities they will bring, many schools and college will welcome volunteers throughout the year.

    If you would like to volunteer, we would always recommend contacting a school or college first to start a conversation. You will require a basic DBS in most cases. Schools and colleges will organise this for you, if you take up a volunteering position with them.

    How do I become a teacher and will there be information on this?

    If you have the right experience and qualifications, becoming a teacher doesn't have to be complicated. Teacher training providers will be attending to support those wishing to join the profession. If you are already qualified, schools and multi-academy trusts who decide to attend will be promoting vacancies too.