Training in Portsmouth

Options for learning in our city

Getting into Teaching

There are multiple routes into teaching and we will help you navigate these. We know that searching through multiple websites can be time consuming and confusing. To make this easier, there is information about the training providers in the city, the different type of routes and a Route Finder to help you identify the best fit for you and your circumstances.

We are here to provide a clear route to your next steps as a future teacher.

There are 3 main routes into teaching...
- School Based Training
- Combination of School Based Practice and University Led Study
- University Based Training

There are 8 qualification options available for you to consider as you choose your route to become a teacher

School Based Training

Professional Graduate Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Diploma in Education and Training, and Qualified Teacher and Learning Skills status (QTLS)
Post -Graduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Combination of School Based Practice and University Led Study

School Direct: Combining school-centred employment with university-led study leading to Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeships: Combining school-centred employment with university-led study leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

University Based Training

A Degree qualification, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Trainees may be offered the opportunity to study for 60 M-Level credits towards a Master's degree in addition to the Professional Certificate and Qualified Teacher Status awards.

Find your route

Answer these simple questions and click Find your route.

Do you have GCSE passes in English, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above?


Do you have a degree?


What age children are you interested in teaching?

What subject/s are you interested in teaching? If you do not have a preference, click "Not specified".

Immediate Opportunities

Teach Portsmouth webinar series

Join Teach Portsmouth for our quarterly webinar series, Teach Portsmouth presents… a useful guide for those starting their teaching journey.

Our next webinar on Wednesday 27 January at 4pm looks at changing career to teaching. Two teachers from Portsmouth will share their experience transitioning to the profession as well as provide top tips for those considering a switch too.

Train to Teach Event

Find out about a highly successful School Direct route into teaching, run by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, and gain some valuable information on how to apply.

Newly Qualified Teacher support programme

NQT Induction in Portsmouth is generally delivered by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, in partnership with Portsmouth City Council.

  • NQTs feel well supported during their NQT year

  • NQTs comment very positively about the quality of their support, their mentors and their schools

  • Schools apply the standards knowledgably

  • All NQTs receive their statutory entitlement to release from pupil contact time

2019/2020 academic year


completion of NQT Induction

For 2020/2021, the new cohort of NQTs is 78 so far… and climbing quickly!

Feedback from current NQTs
  • "Very helpful - thank you"
  • "(June is) Very approachable and made clear....our expectations. Thank you"
  • "Excellent course and well delivered"
  • "Good to meet June and to know that such good support is available 😊"
  • "Links made with other mentors was useful"

"I feel like my NQT year has been a challenge but one I have learnt many skills from, it would not have been possible without such an encouraging mentor. I am lucky to have completed it in such a caring school and have received a huge amount of advice and support from many members of staff. I am hugely grateful for the time that has been spent to help me develop as a new teacher and look forward to sharing my practice with others in years to come. I look forward to working towards the new targets set for me as both a subject leader and a teacher working within Key Stage 2."

"Another packed term which has flown by, but I feel it has been another enjoyable and successful one. I am very much enjoying my NQT year and the experiences and opportunities it is providing. I am grateful to be a NQT in such a great school and feel very supported in my role here."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my NQT year here …and am now drawing towards the end of another busy, but fulfilling term.  I have been involved in a number of transition projects with our new Year 7 intake, which, as a tutor was tremendously beneficial. I cannot thank my deputy head and my induction tutor enough for their help and guidance this year. I find myself becoming increasingly more passionate about teaching, a feeling that is shared and nurtured by my colleagues."

Recently Qualified Teacher support programme

Support for RQTs in Portsmouth is delivered by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance.

  • Support and development for teachers who have qualified in the past three years.

  • Outstanding Teaching and Learning - Mastering the concepts, ongoing behaviour management, deeper level of engagement and effective interventions. 

  • Innovation in the classroom - We will look at tried and tested approaches to innovative classroom practice as well as sharing exciting pedagogical ideas. 

  • Questioning - We will focus on how the right questions can secure higher-order thinking and provide stretch and challenge to all students.

  • Early Leadership and Curriculum Coordination - We will looking at the principles of leadership and practical skills such as curriculum mapping, staffing and resource development.

  • SEND in the Mainstream Classroom - We will cover all aspects of how to approach supporting SEND pupils.

  • More Able Provision - How to ensure curriculum and classroom practice supports the most able pupils to achieve.

Continuing Professional Development

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is committed to raising standards and improving outcomes for the young people of Portsmouth. This includes an extensive range of programmes offering the very best professional development for all staff at all career stages in primary, secondary, mainstream and specialist schools.

Find out more

Early-career payments

Eligible mathematics, physics, chemistry and languages teachers can apply to the Department for Education for early-career payments of up to £9,000 after tax. Early-career payments are available to teachers starting their initial teacher training (ITT) in the 2018 to 2019, 2019 to 2020 or 2020 to 2021 academic year. This is in addition to receiving a bursary or scholarship during ITT. 

Please check the Department for Education's website for up to date information and to check eligibility.

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