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. 

See the final result from the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022

Discover the winners and shortlist from the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 in 10 award categories.

Watch back Teach Portsmouth presents special educational needs teaching

If you missed our webinar on special education needs and/or disabilities, a recording is available to watch back. Hear from three professionals who work with children and young people about the type of roles you could experience in primary, secondary and specialist settings.

Host Sarah Christopher, Portsmouth Education Partnership and inclusion manager at Portsmouth City Council spoke to contributors, Luci Johnson, Fran Marshman and Cathy Seal during the webinar.

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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