Working in a school provides infinite rewards where you can make a difference. While a teaching career is a popular choice for some, joining a school in a support role suits people wanting different responsibilities. If you are interested in becoming a teaching assistant, turn that dream into a reality by reading our guide on becoming one. 

So, you have decided that becoming a teacher is the career for you. Give yourself the best chance of success with a well-prepared application. Read on for 5 top tips for preparing your application, direct from Portsmouth's teacher training providers.


If you are looking to work with children, volunteering provides invaluable experience for those wanting a career in the classroom. There are different ways to gain experience that include volunteering in a school, helping out at a local community group and paid internships.

If you are at the beginning of your teaching journey and unsure where to start, our latest guide on choosing your training route has arrived in the nick of time. Our guide breaks down the two main training routes that are available to you, with local providers giving advice on what makes each one unique. 

Your teacher training application has been successful, and you have been invited to attend an interview. However, as the excitement subsides, thoughts soon turn to the practicalities of attending an interview and how to prepare for it.

You have found your perfect teaching job in Portsmouth, you have visited the school, met with colleagues and have a start date. To get you ready for the big day, our latest guide gives you four reasons why you should live in the waterfront city. 

For many, becoming a teacher is a golden opportunity to change lives and start a rewarding career in a sector people love. However, without knowing how to fund teacher training through bursaries, loans, and grants, it may seem like an unobtainable dream. In our latest blog post, we explore the funding options for teacher training to ensure you can turn your ambition into a reality.

When you start out on your teaching journey, you might have an idea of what age group you would like to teach, where you would like to live or even the type of teacher you would like to be. Others may not know which is perfectly fine. Read our latest guide that explains the basics of what you need to know when planning your next steps. 

For the right person, teaching provides a rewarding career that changes lives and shapes the next generation of thinkers and doers. Before you start on that journey, you need to know whether you can afford it. Our latest how to guide looks at the funding options for teacher training and the avenues you could take to make your dream a reality. 

Being invited to attend an interview is an exciting next step on your journey towards becoming a teacher. However, as the excitement begins to subside, thoughts soon turn to the practicalities of attending an interview and how you should prepare for it.

We spoke to Portsmouth City Council's careers and progression team to learn about practical techniques to ace your first interview.

If teaching is something you have considered but want more information on the profession before making a final decision, our latest guide on how to become a teacher is for you.

Has the start of a new year got you thinking about a return to the teaching profession? Teaching is a rewarding career which allows you to make a difference every day. Each year people who worked in the profession are transitioning back and picking up where they left off.

Are you passionate about a subject and keen to inspire young people? If so, teaching could provide a great opportunity to share your interest and enthusiasm for a specific subject.

We've put together a how to guide to help you explore your options for starting a career in a subject you are passionate about.

Writing a personal statement is a key part of the teacher training application process.

We spoke to one of Portsmouth's teacher training providers for top tips and advice on creating a personal statement that will make you stand out from the crowd. 

Regardless of who you are and your background, what eligibility criteria must you meet to become a teacher? While training providers may have specific requirements, you will always need the basics to start your teacher training journey.

From the right qualifications to the knowledge you need, there are some basic eligibility requirements you must have to become a qualified teacher in England.

As a newly qualified teacher (NQT), you've completed your initial teacher training, gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and have secured your first teaching role. As you get ready to begin your new position, June Hutchinson, NQT Co-ordinator at Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance has shared her top tips for those starting out as an NQT.

Becoming a teacher is rewarding experience but it doesn't have to be an expensive one. Depending on what route or subject you take, you could benefit from teaching bursaries, loans and scholarships of up to £28,000. Discover what financial support you could gain when you train to teach. 

How do I get work experience in a classroom? It's a common question for those interested by the idea of teaching. While work experience isn't always necessary for a teaching application, it does give you an insight into the profession and whether it's for you.

A quick guide on how to start your teaching journey.

You might have seen the Department for Education's 'every lesson shapes a life' campaign but how do you start a career in teaching?