Be inspired to Teach Portsmouth

We know teaching is a rewarding career that changes lives every day. While COVID-19 has caused many people to reconsider their career options, we wanted to inspire you with three stories from successful graduates who have been working in Portsmouth schools during the pandemic.
Georgia Hamiliton

Supporting keyworker and vulnerable children

Georgia Hamiliton, teacher at Wimborne Junior School, Portsmouth

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Georgia has been supporting keyworker and vulnerable children with inspirational learning experiences. Each topic is designed to improve wellbeing and promote discussion.

What did you do?

  • Themed topics included space camp, superheroes and plastic pollution
  • Daily 'wake and shake' activity designed to improve mental health and fitness
  • Gardening sessions were very calming and therapeutic for children

Who did you train with?

I trained with Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance and have worked at Wimborne Junior School since graduating. I chose the training school as the timetable was about 80% teaching which was great for me.

Why do you teach in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is an exciting place to live and teach as it has a fantastic mixture of people from different backgrounds and cultures (and has the added bonus of a seafront - which is fantastic for wellbeing).

Adam Marshall

Getting students September ready

Adam Marshall, primary school teacher at Milton Park Primary School, Portsmouth

Getting students ready for a September start has been a priority for all teachers at Milton Park Primary school. Adam has set exercises in core subject areas through Seesaw for maths, English and science.

What did you do?

  • Creative writing has helped generate ideas and build better vocabularies
  • Themed weeks have helped structure what students do
  • Philosophical questions held online encourage conversations between students

Who did you train with?

I applied for Portsmouth Primary SCITT in 2018 and went for my interview. I'm pleased to say I was successful. I started my NQT year in 2019 and absolutely love teaching!

Why do you teach in Portsmouth?

The city’s historical heritage really appeals to me. As a teacher, I feel like I have the opportunity to show my students incredible sites. Some of the students I teach have this on their doorstep but have never visited it before.

Jason Sharpe

Overcoming challenges

Jason Sharpe, ICT teacher at Admiral Lord Nelson School

Technology has played its part in supporting children at home. Jason at Admiral Lord Nelson School has used Google Classroom to focus on ethical topics in ICT, ensuring students have what they need to remain safe online.

What did you do?

  • Ethics in IT focused on online safety for students and their families
  • Philosophical subjects allowed students to consider the impact of automation
  • Created a presentation aimed at the elderly about the dangers of the internet

Who did you train with?

I trained with Essential Teaching UK who were great. I am now in my NQT year and will be fully qualified next year.

Why do you teach in Portsmouth?

I live in Portchester and always have done. I think it’s a nice place and friendly with great places to walk. Portsmouth is a great city – I’m really lucky to have it nearby.

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