Get ready to Teach Portsmouth

this September!

We understand how unsettling this time is for everyone - especially when it comes to the future. At Teach Portsmouth, we wanted to reassure those interested in teaching that you can still apply for teacher training this September despite COVID-19

See how initial teacher training providers in Portsmouth have changed the way they review applications as well as their top tips on what they are looking for.

How have you changed the way you recruit?

The team have been busy working from home and speaking with all our applicants. All interviews are held online in a safe way.

We've had virtual lessons on William Blake's poetry all the way through to key stage 2 maths.

What are your top tips for those applying for teacher training?

It might seem like a no-brainer but draft your personal application first. Think about why you want to be a teacher too.

Can you tell us an inspirational story from one of your graduates?

Georgia, a primary school teacher at Wimborne Junior School has been enriching the lives of keyworker children. From space camp to plastic pollution, each experience is a valuable life lesson. The children have been incredibly responsive and positive during these tricky times.

   

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How have you changed the way you recruit?

We're still very much open but working remotely like most people. The team are interviewing candidates but also delivering training online.

What are your top tips for those applying for teacher training?

Do not let the current situation put you off from applying. Teachers are still very much needed for September. Keep at it!

Can you tell us about an inspirational story from one of your graduates?

Ronni, an English teacher at Miltoncross Academy has recently been supporting year 7 to year 11 students. Most recently, she has begun working with EAL refugee children teaching English as a secondary language.

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How have you changed the way you work?

Like many other training providers, we are interviewing people through video conferencing. So far, the team have recruited a range of candidates - all with fantastic energy.

What are your top tips for those applying for teacher training?

You do not need to quote the national curriculum at interview. We are looking for the passion and hunger to teach. Just be yourself!

Can you tell us about an inspirational story from one of your graduates?

Rhiain, a recently qualified teacher, has been keeping keyworker children active with hula hooping, daily challenges and mindfulness activities. This has kept spirits high during uncertain times.

   

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How have you changed the way you work?

We have moved interviews online but you can still apply in the usual way. Course leaders will then arrange a date and time with you.  

What are your top tips for those applying for teacher training?

Try to relax and show us your personality and enthusiasm for teaching. If you make a few mistakes on the day it's not the end of the world. As long as you have the skills and attributes we are looking for - you'll do great.

Can you tell us about an inspirational story from one of your graduates?

A current secondary trainee teacher was initially concerned about juggling family life with a career in teaching. After lots of advice and encouragement, she applied and was successful in getting a place.

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How have you changed the way you work?

Alongside video conferencing for interviews, the team host online coffee mornings to allow potential candidates to ask questions. It's proving really popular!

What are your top tips for those applying for teacher training?

In normal times, getting school experience is a good way to know if teaching is for you. Now, we recommend speaking with teachers past and present to learn more about it.

Can you tell us about an inspirational story from one of your graduates?

Joanna, who is a secondary school teacher started off as a teaching assistant. She soon fell in love with teaching and decided to enrol with TKAT. She is now head of science and doing an incredible job at a local school.

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How have you changed the way you work?

We've changed the way we're working by delivering learning online to those already training and interviewing new candidates through video conferencing. We can't wait to see you in person soon!

What are your top tips for those applying for teacher training?

If you've got the drive and ambition to make a difference locally, you've got all the right qualities to be a teacher. 

Can you tell us about an inspirational story from one of your graduates?

Georgia who is an English teacher has recently graduated from Ark Teacher Training and is now in her NQT year. Teacher training has transformed her life as well as the lives of her students.

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