Portsmouth professionals showcase learning support roles at information event

An urgent call for Portsmouth to support their classrooms was answered as people from across the city joined a group of school staff at an information event at Central Library on Tuesday 5 July.

Working in a school is a rewarding experience for many. While there are challenges in supporting Portsmouth's classrooms, those who work in support roles cite the flexibility of school life as their reasons for joining the workforce. Teach Portsmouth welcomed a group of school staff to talk about becoming a teaching assistant in the city. 

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said:

Councillor Suzy Horton talks about the type of person who makes the perfect teaching assistant

"Becoming a teaching assistant requires patience and perseverance. The rewards are huge but there are also challenges. While the impact an individual can make on a child's life is transformational, it is important the right person is recruited.

"The event is a great starting point for those who are unsure about joining the sector. Those who attended now have the certainty they need to decide whether the profession is for them. We hope those who attended will go on to support children and young people in Portsmouth."

by Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education

Becoming a teaching assistant will require individuals to be qualified up to level 2 in English and maths. If people do not have those qualifications, adult education provider, The Learning Place can support those to complete them. Cheryl Head, programme lead for apprenticeships and community learning at Portsmouth City Council said:

Cheryl Head reveals the benefits of a teaching assistant apprenticeship

"Supporting pupils in Portsmouth's schools is a unique and rewarding experience for those wanting to progress in education.

"If you've had time away from work, looking to change careers or trying to find a role that offers more flexibility, an teaching assistant apprenticeship is a good option that enables you to earn while you learn." 

by Cheryl Head, programme lead for apprenticeships and community learning

Those in attendance were able to ask questions to a panel of local experts and learn more about teaching assistant vacancies during the event. While no further events have been confirmed, the Teach Portsmouth team plan to host other sessions from September 2022. 

Start your career as a teaching assistant

To learn more about becoming a teaching assistant in Portsmouth, visit the supporting page on the Teach Portsmouth website today! 


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