Teaching as a rewarding and exciting profession. Portsmouth is a progressive and interesting place to teach and attracts teachers from a variety of backgrounds. There are multiple routes into teaching and we will help you navigate these. Don't just teach, teach Portsmouth!
We want to help you find a teaching job in Portsmouth and we know that searching through multiple websites can be time consuming and confusing. To make this easier, you may wish to know that schools and academies use the Portsmouth City Council website to advertise their teaching vacancies. All of our schools and academies welcome an informal discussion about teaching vacancies, so please have a look and get in touch with the school of your choice.
If you are currently training to be a teacher, recently completed your training, or have part-completed your induction period and are keen to find the best place to start your career, then Portsmouth Local Authority can offer all the support needed to undertake your induction year and provide you with the chance to use your skills and knowledge to achieve your potential.
Newly qualified teachers can submit their details to the Recruitment Team to be included on a secure list both primary and secondary schools can access. Schools contact you directly if they have a suitable vacancy and ask if you wish to apply.
See what happened last year during Teach Portsmouth week as we celebrated teaching in Portsmouth.
Teach Portsmouth week is all about acknowledging success in our schools and the valued contribution that city school's teachers make. Teachers can have such a positive impact on the young people they teach and really motivate them to achieve in school and to enjoy learning. During this week we celebrate our most inspiring teachers and also encourage people to consider teaching as a new vocation.
Image courtesy Habibur Rahman / The News, Portsmouth
Teach Portsmouth week saw pupils and students become teachers - either through teaching their tutor groups, teaching a teacher, or teaching other pupils. Activities included singing, dancing, foreign languages, and arts and crafts.
At the end of the week, the Teach Portsmouth Awards Ceremony recognised outstanding teachers in the City. Individual awards were presented to teachers and showcased excellence in teaching across the City.
Image courtesy Habibur Rahman / The News, Portsmouth
The Teach Portsmouth Awards are an exciting opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic work done by teachers across the city. Nominations for inspirational and hardworking teachers were received from schools, colleges, multi academy trusts and all partners involved in the Portsmouth Education Partnership.
Laura Nerssessian from Trafalgar School won the outstanding progress award. She has achieved outstanding results for her GCSE classes, securing progress grades which put the students in the top 5% of the country for both grades 5-9 and 7-9. The department is one of the two top performing departments in the school and Laura’s passion for teaching and learning is continuously driving the department forward. Laura’s aspirational goals for the students have been key in motivating and supporting them to achieve above and beyond.
With almost 80 Lifetime Achievement Awards presented for teachers with over twenty years services, the winners of the other categories were as follows:
Images courtesy Habibur Rahman / The News, Portsmouth
More than 2,500 pupils from across Portsmouth submitted entries for the 'My Teacher on a Postcard' competition as part of Teach Portsmouth Week 2019 and demonstrated the regard that they hold their teachers. Pupils were encouraged to use their imagination to create a piece of hand-crafted or digital art, or written work (such as a description, a poem or a story) or even take a photograph that reflects the theme of My Teacher.
Following a shortlisting process and public vote, we are very pleased to share the winning, highly commended and judge's choice entries below. Congratulations to all! Prizes will be presented in November.
The My Teacher on a Postcard Art Exhibition took place at HIVE, Portsmouth Central Library from 29-31 October 2019 and was a great opportunity for all to view the fantastic competition entries on display.
|Category||Winner||Highly Commended||Judge's Choice|
Year R to Year 2
Teddy (Devonshire Infant School)
Callum (Solent Infant School)
Emily (Solent Infant School)
Grace (Bramble Infant School & Nursery)
Anabia (Milton Park Primary School)
Anaya (Solent Infant School)
Year 3 to Year 6
Emelia (Newbridge Junior School)
Bethany (Meon Junior School)
Jessica (Newbridge Junior School)
Kassidy (St Paul's Catholic Primary School)
Vanathy (Newbridge Junior School)
Isabel (Solent Junior School)
Poppy (Newbridge Junior School)
Year 7 to Year 13
Abby (Trafalgar School)
Anastasija (Trafalgar School)
Darcey (Trafalgar School)
Kimi, Josh, Nicole and Caitlin (Trafalgar School)
In May 2019, there were 26,333 pupils in Portsmouth maintained schools and academies.
|No. of pupils||% of pupils|
Some schools are maintained by the Local Authority, and other schools are academies within a Multi Academy Trust. In Portsmouth, all schools are encouraged over time to become part of a strong Multi Academy Trust.
|LA Maintained Schools||Academies||Total|
(inc. University Technology College)
For the spread of pupils across primary, secondary and special school provision.
Senior leaders and wellbeing leads in Portsmouth schools and colleges are welcome to join us at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 5 March. Portsmouth Education Partnership has identified the need for an open forum to discuss strategies affecting teacher retention and workload in the city.
This half day conference for Portsmouth school leaders offers:
The conference will offer a space for discussion and an opportunity to share ideas. The full programme will feature:
Get the information you need to reduce workload and improve wellbeing.
|9:15am||Registration, tea and coffee|
|9:45am||Welcome and purpose
Simon Barrable, Chair of Portsmouth Initial Teacher Training, Recruitment and Retention Group / Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education
|10:00am||Keynote speaker: Sean Harford, National Director of Education
What Ofsted does (and doesn't) expect, and implications for workload
How Portsmouth schools have introduced changes to reduce workload and improve retention
|11:40am||Keynote speaker: Janine Ashman, Deputy Head of St Peter's CE Primary, Somerset
Member of the DFE working group on workload specialising in assessment
How do schools wish to work, individually and collectively, to address teacher workload and improve retention in Portsmouth?
|12:35pm||Work in groups followed by plenary discussion.
Agreement on priority next steps and close - Mike Stoneman
|12:45pm||A buffet lunch will be served in the Portland Building.|