Teach Portsmouth Jobs
and Opportunities Fair 2024

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Over 300 people attended the Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair on Monday 26 February from 10am - 2pm at Portsmouth Guildhall.

24 exhibitors including schools, colleges and organisations, showcased a range of vacancies and training courses to support those into the sector.

A series of presentations were held inside the Opportunities Room on a range of trending topics. Attendees could also sign up to taster sessions with participating schools and colleges.

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

Who exhibited?

Look back at the list of exhibitors who attended the Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair including schools, academies, training providers and career specialists.


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)

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

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

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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

Discover: + Training + Information and advice

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.

Opportunities Room

Download presentation slides

You can now download the slides from each session by clicking the links below.

Apprenticeships - Are they for me?
How to become a teaching assistant?
Are you from overseas? Top tips for working in education
How to get a job in a school and college?
Jobs at Portsmouth City Council
How to become a teacher?

Join us at the Teach Portsmouth Support and Teaching Assistant Jobs Fair

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Portsmouth Central Library (Third floor)

1:30pm - 3:30pm | 4:00pm - 6:00pm - you can choose one of two identical sessions.

Learn about the latest support and teaching assistant jobs in schools and colleges in Portsmouth. Discover routes into the profession including apprenticeships and short courses.

For more information and to get your ticket, visit the Teach Portsmouth Support and Teaching Assistant Jobs Fair page.