Teaching in Portsmouth

Options for teaching in our city

Why teach in Portsmouth?

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!

Teaching Vacancies

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. 

NQT School List

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.

To register on the NQT list email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following details:

  • Name and address, including postcode
  • Phone number
  • ITT provider (University, school etc)
  • Course Undertaken (for example PGCE, B.Ed, Schools Direct)
  • Primary Teachers: Preferred year group(s) to teach
  • Secondary Teachers: Subject specialism(s)
  • Please state how you found out about the NQT list (i.e. name of website, word of mouth etc.)

A big well done to our superstar teachers, support teams and leaders!

Everyone has gone above and beyond to support Portsmouth's children, young people and their families over the last 18 months.

We recognised the achievements of teachers, support teams and leaders in the virtual Teach Portsmouth Awards Live on Thursday 8 July from 5pm. A recording of the virtual ceremony is now available to watch, hosted by broadcaster, Reverend Richard Coles.

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Hosted by Reverend Richard Coles

The Reverend Richard Coles is a priest of the Church of England and Vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire. He has a parallel career in broadcasting and currently co-presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. Richard has also appeared on QI, Have I Got News For You and Strictly Come Dancing.

Latest Teach Portsmouth Awards news...

Teach Portsmouth is excited to share the latest news from the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live…

Award categories

The winners and the shortlisted nominees have now been revealed in 9 award categories. We would like to say a big thank you to our fantastic sponsors for making the event possible.

Meet the winners and shortlisted nominees

Innovation in teaching award

This award goes to staff who have developed new approaches and innovative practices that have had a positive impact on teaching and learning in Portsmouth. This is a really exciting award that highlights individuals or teams amazing contribution in the city.

Creativity award

This award goes to the staff who have developed new approaches or adapted teaching methods that go beyond the conventional curriculum which support creative thinking and provides opportunities for all pupils to expand their creativity.

Unsung hero award

This award is to celebrate the members of the whole school community who rarely get a mention and are never in the limelight but who are invaluable to the school and who have a record of outstanding contributions.

Inclusion and diversity award

This award celebrates the work of school staff who have implemented a strategy or project that has made a difference to inclusive practice and diversity. In this category, schools need to tell us how it has affected pupils and the wider community.

Community and collaboration award

This award is to celebrate the work of teams or an individual in the school that has made a significant impact on the local community. Nominations should include an outline of the work and how it has affected the community.

Partnership award

The partnership award requires two organisations or partners who have worked together on a project or initiative that has made a difference in their school or college. This is different from the community and collaboration award as nominators must tell us who the organisation is and why their actions have left a lasting impression on the school or college but not the wider community.

Outstanding contribution award

The outstanding contribution award recognises the sustained and substantial impact an individual has made on the education of children and young people in Portsmouth. Individuals in the shortlist may have had long careers in education, not just in Portsmouth but have made a significant impact in the city.

Long service award

The long service award is for teachers, support staff or leaders who have worked in the city for over 20 years. There is no overall winner in this category and everyone who is recognised will receive an award.

Meet the people choice award winner and nominees

Portsmouth has spoken! Discover who has won the people's choice award as well as the category nominees. See the supporting statements submitted for each nominee and the inspirational stories behind them. Teachers, support assistants and head teachers have all been recognised in this new category, sponsored by The News.

Download the awards programme

Thank you for joining us to celebrate colleagues in 9 award categories. You can still download the awards programme as a memento from the evening as we showcased the achievements of teachers, support teams and leaders in the city.

Teach Portsmouth celebrates

Celebrating the achievements of school and colleges staff during the pandemic

Teach Portsmouth invited schools and colleges in the city to celebrate the achievements of their staff during the pandemic. Senior colleagues were asked to share a photo or video on social media to showcase their successes.

The campaign was introduced as a way to showcase everyone's efforts as we know it isn’t possible to recognise all staff in the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live. You can now see a selection of schools and colleges who took part in the campaign using the hashtag #TeachPortsmouthCelebrates.

Councillor Suzy Horton

Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education and deputy leader at Portsmouth City Council

"Teachers have played an important role in supporting children and young people in the city during the pandemic. Despite many students learning from home, schools never closed, supporting keyworker children in the classroom over the last 18 months.

"The new campaign celebrates the amazing work that has gone on by school and college staff in the city. Teach Portsmouth are asking senior leaders to pause and consider how they can recognise their staff through a series of celebratory events."

Mike Stoneman

Deputy director of children, families and education at Portsmouth City Council

"We appreciate how hard everyone has worked this year. Teach Portsmouth's latest campaign gives everyone the chance to recognise their staff before the main awards ceremony on Thursday 8 July.

"It's impossible to showcase everyone's talents in The Teach Portsmouth Awards - so we felt it was important for colleagues to share their successes with the whole community."

Education Landscape in Portsmouth

In May 2019, there were 26,333 pupils in Portsmouth maintained schools and academies.

Local Authority maintained schools and academies (as at January 2020)

No. of pupils % of pupils
Primary 16,609 62%
Secondary 9,448 35%
Special 596 2%
Total 26,653 100%
Please note, percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

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.

Maintained and Academy Schools (as at January 2020)

LA Maintained Schools Academies Total
Infant 6 10 16
Junior 3 9 12
Primary 11 9 20
(inc. University Technology College)
1 9 10
All-Through School 1 0 1
Special 1 3 4
Total 23 40 63

For the spread of pupils across primary, secondary and special school provision.

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