After the success of Teach Portsmouth's first two webinars, the series returns with career progression in teaching on Wednesday 26 May from 4pm to 5pm. The webinar series aims to inspire those interested in teaching to learn more about what opportunities are available in the city.
In this webinar, attendees will find out about the differences between pastoral and senior positions as well as continuing professional development in teaching. Two Portsmouth-based teachers will give top tips on how to progress in the profession by sharing details of their own experiences. Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement at Portsmouth City Council and webinar host said:
"After working in Portsmouth as a head teacher for many years, I know first-hand the opportunities on offer for those wanting to move up or change career to teaching.Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement and early years at Portsmouth City Council
The profession provides a range of different routes for progression and promotion, whether that's middle and senior leadership (pastoral, curriculum or teaching and learning), developing others for example through training, or school to school support, there is something for everyone.
The webinar provides those considering their options with information on the early career framework which launches in September. Under the new initiative, early-career teachers will benefit from an additional year of mentoring to ensure those entering the profession feel supported.
Lloyd O'Neil, head of science at Admiral Lord Nelson School and webinar contributor, reflected on his progression journey so far:
"I began my journey coaching sports in Portchester. I soon realised that teaching was for me - so I was keen to take this ambition further.
"After joining Admiral Lord Nelson School as second in science, an opportunity came up to become head of department. Teaching is a rewarding career as you see young people flourish in a subject I'm passionate about."Lloyd O'Neil, head of science at Admiral Lord Nelson School
Those who join the webinar will be able to learn more about each teacher, offering an insight into their unique experiences as well as their routes into teaching. For those who want more information, attendees can submit questions as part of a live Q&A.
Our second contributor, Jemma Clark who is a head teacher at Solent Infants School spoke about the uniqueness of career progression and what people can look forward to.
"Career progression is highly personal and unique for each individual. I trained at the University of Chichester and completed a post graduate certificate in education. I've had the pleasure of experiencing many roles including being a subject specialist to my current role as head teacher.
"The opportunities are there and available if you wish to take them. Some may want to stay in a teaching role while others will want to progress to senior management."Jemma Clark, head teacher at Solent Infants School