Leadership, Recruitment & Retention

The shortage of teachers is a continuing challenge for the education sector in England particularly in certain subject areas and in certain regions, including the South East and Portsmouth. The dramatic rise in pupil numbers means that more teachers are needed than ever before, but at a time when fewer graduates are entering the profession.

The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) has established a Teacher Recruitment & Retention Group to address this issue.

TEACHER RECRUITMENT FAIR

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance and Portsmouth City Council run an annual recruitment fair which is held in January of each year.

If you are an experienced teacher, an NQT or RQT, looking to return to teaching or are considering a career in teaching, it is well worth coming along to the annual recruitment fair to meet schools from across the city including primary, secondary, special and post-16. You will have the opportunity to discuss and apply for current vacancies in our schools as well as discuss future opportunities.

Our next recruitment fair will be taking place on Saturday 19th January 2019 at Portsmouth College from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (flyer below).

PEP at Teach Portsmouth Fair


Teach Portsmouth Fair

Teach Portsmouth Jan 2019 event flyer

TEACH PORTSMOUTH AWARDS

The PEP was proud to host first Teach Portsmouth Awards evening on 5th October 2018 to coincide with World Teachers’ Day.

The judging panel had a very hard task due to the high quality of nominations from schools across the city.

Awards were presented to winners and short-listed nominees in 6 categories.

Community Award:

This award celebrates the work of staff and others who have gone “above and beyond”

to support the local community.

Short-listed nominees:

Priory School Music Department

Father Marcin from St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School

Community award winner

Lucy Ellis from Northern Parade Schools

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Creativity & Innovation Award:

This award goes to those staff who have thought ‘outside of the box’ and developed new approaches / innovative practice, beyond the conventional curriculum, which have had a positive impact on teaching and learning; adapted teaching methods towards creative thinking; and developed opportunities for all pupils to expand their creativity.

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Short-listed nominees:

Year 1 Team at Mayfield School

Olivia Chrus, Alison Rogers, Natalie Williams and Tamara Gale of Moorings Way Infant School

Creativity & Innovation award winner

The performance and design teams at Admiral Lord Nelson School

Wellbeing Award

This award is to celebrate the work of staff who have been instrumental in developing approaches in the school to improve the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of pupils and / or staff

Short-listed nominees:

Springfield School – Jo Holbrook, Victoria Nash, Phil Franklin, Emma Forrest, Grace Lawrence, Wendy Evans, Mia De Caen

Solent Schools – Service Family Support TeamCastle View Academy – Safeguarding Team

Wellbeing award winner

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The Portsmouth Academy – Wellbeing Team

Inclusion Award:

This award is to celebrate the amazing work of staff who have been instrumental in developing and embedding inclusive practice across a school, particularly in terms of the support that is given to pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

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Short-listed nominees:

Fernhurst Junior School – Inclusion Team

Priory School – School Pastoral and School Support Teams

Rachel Thripp, Laura Hickman, Gill Betteridge, Kerri Jennings, Liz Chambers, Ashlie Traynor, Karen Cleeve from Moorings Way Infant School

Inclusion award winner

Manor Infant School – Nurture Team

Diversity Award:

This award is to celebrate those staff in our schools who have played a key role in

raising the awareness of, and celebrating, cultural diversity in our schools and the local community, across any of the equality strands

Short-listed nominees:

ALNS

Diversity Award winner

Josh Breach from Northern Charter Academy

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Unsung Hero Award

This award is to celebrate the staff in our schools 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.

Short-listed nominees:

Jan Andrews, Admiral Lord Nelson School

Karen Davies, Cottage Grove Primary School

Lesley Bird, Manor Infant School

John Gittins, The Portsmouth Academy

Unsung Hero Award winner

Charlotte Hetheringon – Arundel Court Primary

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Lifetime Achievement Awards

This award is to celebrate the staff in our schools who have served in Portsmouth for 20 years or more, providing outstanding service during that time.

We were absolutely delighted to present this award to 37 winners

ALNS   Debbie Lucas

Arundel Court    Karen Stocks

Castle View  Chris Bailey

Castle View  Emma Williams

Castle View  Simon Watkins

College Park  Debbie Anderson

Copnor  Primary Chris Warne

Cottage Grove  Ann Ray

Cottage Grove    Carrie Blandford

Cottage Grove    Gill Davies

Craneswater  Karen Braham

Fernhurst  Ivy Casey

Flying Bull  Giri Nair

Lyndhurst    Geraldine Underwood

Lyndhurst  Helen Merel

Mayfield  Carole Sands

Mayfield  Claire Waterfield

Meon     Steve Bayliss

Miltoncross  Catherine Canham

Miltoncross  Fran Knight

Miltoncross  Tony Hobbs

Newbridge  Barry Mills

Penhale  Claire Filson

Priory  Dave Cotton

Priory  Emma Weeks

Priory  Lynn Callus

Priory  Richard Mason

Priory  Sian Davies

Solent   Gary Burnett

Springfield    Sue Durow

St Edmunds    Chandradat Sankar

St Edmunds    Jane Edwards

St Edmunds    Lyn White

St Swithuns    Andrew Olive

St Swithuns    Carol Barber

The Portsmouth Academy  Bev Hill

Westover    Joy Golledge

TEACH PORTSMOUTH WEEK

A range of exciting ‘Teach Portsmouth’ activities which will be taking place across the city in the first half of the new term.  This includes:

  • Teach Portsmouth Week 1st-5th October 2018 – raising the profile of teaching whereby schools will be getting involved in a range of activities inviting, for example, pupils to teach lunchtime supervisors, governors and parents to teach pupils, etc.
  • My Teacher celebration – where pupils produce artistic or written pieces of work on the theme of ‘My Teacher’ and which will be exhibited at the end of Teach Portsmouth Week. The University of Portsmouth’s School of Film & Media will be filming groups of children discussing the topic of ‘My Teacher’.
  • Teach Portsmouth Awards Ceremony on Friday 5th October – celebrating teaching across our city, the awards event will be held in the evening at the Gaiety Bar, Southsea Pier.   The awards will be based on a range of themes including Creativity, Health and Wellbeing, Inclusion, Innovation, Cultural Diversity, Community, Unsung Hero and Lifetime of Excellent Contribution.

Teach Portsmouth Website – the website is going through a major update so it can become the ‘one stop shop’ for people interested in becoming a teacher in the city. The website will also highlight the benefits from living the city and why it is such a great place to live and work as a teacher

ACCESS INTO TEACHING

Portsmouth is one of the areas selected by the government to run a pilot programme to reimburse student loan repayments for modern foreign languages and science teachers in the early years of their careers. Details can be found here.

As well as deciding which age group and subject you would like to teach, you can choose from various types of teacher training courses in Portsmouth depending on your qualifications, experience and where you want to train. Courses are available across the country, so you have plenty of options when it comes to the location of your training.

The Flying Bull Academy

Before you decide which route into teaching you want to take, you should find out about the common factors that apply across all teacher training courses.


What does a teacher training course involve?

To become a qualified teacher, you need to successfully complete teacher training. By doing so, you’ll achieve ‘qualified teacher status’ – or QTS.

All teacher training courses include:

  • a minimum of 24 weeks in at least two schools to give you practical classroom experience
  • academic study to give you the knowledge and understanding to teach successfully
  • an assessment of your teaching skills (through being observed teaching classes)


What will I learn?

By the end of a teacher training course you should:

  • know and understand the national curriculum in your chosen subject(s) and/or age group
  • be able to plan and prepare for lessons and set pupils’ learning objectives
  • have strong classroom management skills, such as knowing how to promote good behaviour and minimise disruption
  • know how to teach pupils with special educational needs and disabilities
  • be able to assess pupils effectively


School-led training

If you want your training to be based at a school where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one, a school-led training course is for you. You’re selected by the school and are based there during your training.

In Portsmouth there are school-led training options for both graduates and career changers who want hands-on training in a school.


School-centred initial teacher training (Portsmouth Primary SCITT)
Portsmouth has an outstanding SCITT with Portsmouth Primary SCITT. Schools are taking on more control of teacher training. Portsmouth Primary SCITT (http://www.portsmouthscitt.co.uk/) were given government approval to run their own training since 2000. They provide practical, hands-on teacher training delivered by experienced, practising teachers, based in their own school or at a school in their network. Portsmouth SCITT courses generally last a year and result in QTS with a PGCE validated by the University of Portsmouth. There is also an option to gain 60 Master credits.


Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance Tuition Fee

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is an ‘Outstanding’ provider of both Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training working with schools in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. https://portsmouthtsa.org/what-we-do/initial-teacher-training/

We consistently have fantastic pass rates and our trainees gain successful employment in schools. Trainees select our School Direct programme because they want to learn on the job through our personalised, high-quality training and mentoring so you become a confident, knowledgeable and skilled practitioner. With a minimum of 28 weeks in school you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers and mentors gaining real life experiences that prepare you for the realities of teaching. On successful outcome you will gain QTS with a PGCE and the option to gain 60 Master credits.

Bursaries of up to £30k are available for subject shortage areas https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview

We also offer a continuum of support including our Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) programme, the Recently Qualified Teaching (RQT) programme through to middle and senior management schemes.


Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance Salaried

An employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by one of our partner schools and tuition fees do not apply. This route expects trainees to be ‘more ready’ to teach.

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is an ‘Outstanding’ provider of both Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training working with schools in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. https://portsmouthtsa.org/what-we-do/initial-teacher-training/

We consistently have fantastic pass rates and our trainees gain successful employment in schools. Trainees select our School Direct programme because they want to learn on the job through our personalised, high-quality training and mentoring so you become a confident, knowledgeable and skilled practitioner. With a minimum of 28 weeks in school you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers and mentors gaining real life experiences that prepare you for the realities of teaching. On successful outcome you will gain QTS with a PGCE and the option to gain 60 Master credits.

We also offer a continuum of support including our Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) programme, the Recently Qualified Teaching (RQT) programme through to middle and senior management schemes.

Schools Direct (Salaried) – Essential Teaching UK

Diploma in Education & Training (L5) with QTLS

ETUK delivers established teacher training which provides progressive, professional development for secondary school teachers and school support staff. Our programme is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

We don’t just enrol people who are fresh out of university. Many people take on our programme to start a new career or develop the skills they need to jump-start their teaching journey. We do not require any teaching experience, but we will be looking for you to demonstrate examples of our values and competencies, which will be assessed at application and interview stage.

This qualification is suitable for individuals and schools who want a qualification that focuses on practical teaching and prefer a wide choice of optional units. You may already be teaching and wish to have your experience and practice accredited, this course is designed for local schools, academies and colleges and covers the generic teaching skills that are required in becoming an effective teacher.

As an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by one of our partner schools or academies. The school pays for the trainee’s salary and teacher training. For more information email; [email protected].


Schools Direct (Salaried) – Essential Teaching UK

Diploma in Education & Training (L5) with QTLS

ETUK delivers established teacher training which provides progressive, professional development for secondary school teachers and school support staff. Our programme is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

We don’t just enrol people who are fresh out of university. Many people take on our programme to start a new career or develop the skills they need to jump-start their teaching journey. We do not require any teaching experience, but we will be looking for you to demonstrate examples of our values and competencies, which will be assessed at application and interview stage.

This qualification is suitable for individuals and schools who want a qualification that focuses on practical teaching and prefer a wide choice of optional units. You may already be teaching and wish to have your experience and practice accredited, this course is designed for local schools, academies and colleges and covers the generic teaching skills that are required in becoming an effective teacher.

As an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by one of our partner schools or academies. The school pays for the trainee’s salary and teacher training. For more information email; [email protected].


Schools Direct (Unsalaried) – Essential Teaching UK

Diploma in Education & Training (L5) with QTLS

ETUK delivers established teacher training which provides progressive, professional development for secondary school teachers and school support staff. Our programme is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

We don’t just enrol people who are fresh out of university. Many people take on our programme to start a new career or develop the skills they need to jump-start their teaching journey. We do not require any teaching experience, but we will be looking for you to demonstrate examples of our values and competencies, which will be assessed at application and interview stage.

This qualification is suitable for individuals and schools who want a qualification that focuses on practical teaching and prefer a wide choice of optional units. You may already be teaching and wish to have your experience and practice accredited, this course is designed for local schools, academies and colleges and covers the generic teaching skills that are required in becoming an effective teacher.

This route is where trainees pay the tuition fee, whilst gaining classroom experience before starting your teaching role. Learners may not presently be teaching but capable of meeting the minimum teaching practice requirement of 100 hours. If you are unable to complete the minimum teaching practice, we currently place participants into UTC Portsmouth, Milton Cross Academy and Portsmouth College, Hampshire. For more information email [email protected] 

Find out more about school-led training in Chichester through the University of Chichester Trust School Direct and the University of Chichester Institute of Education School Direct.

University-led training

University route - both the University of Portsmouth and the University of Chichester together provide over 200 places each year on their PGCE course for graduates

Portsmouth has a GOLD rated university. The University of Portsmouth (UoP) offers secondary teacher training courses for both graduates and undergraduates. UoP work with groups of schools to offer at least two school experience placements as part of your training. The University of Portsmouth is also developing new routes into teaching including graduate teacher training whereby students can train to teach alongside their undergraduate studies in, for example, computing or modern foreign languages.

The University of Chichester has a long and distinguished history in teacher training at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and offers a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities and a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support.

If you already have a degree, one option is to complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) at a university or college. A PGCE involves a course of academic study that results in a professional academic qualification. It is normally a yearlong, full-time course (or up to two years part-time) that, when combined with a programme leading to QTS, develops your understanding of the theory of education and teaching methods. A PGCE is available through university-led and many school-led training courses.


The Portsmouth College


Teach First
Teach First is an education charity that runs a two-year course for outstanding graduates where you can earn while you train and work in a challenging school in a low-income community. Visit: www.teachfirst.org.uk to learn more about its vision and its leadership development programme.

Troops to Teachers
If you are ex-Service personnel, find out how the invaluable skills and experience gained in the armed forces can enable you to become an outstanding teacher through the Troops to Teachers programme: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/troops-to-teachers.

Heroes into Teaching (Ex-Forces & 999 Emergency Services) (Salaried) – Essential Teaching UK

Diploma in Education & Training (L5) with QTLS

We train and support Ex-Forces Personnel or those who wish to change their career and would like to become an influential classroom teacher through our one-year Diploma in Education & Training (DET) with QTLS programme within schools and academies across Hampshire.

ETUK delivers established teacher training which provides progressive, professional development for secondary school teachers and school support staff. Our programme is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

We don’t just enrol people who are fresh out of university. Many people take on our programme to start a new career or develop the skills they need to jump-start their teaching journey. We do not require any teaching experience, but we will be looking for you to demonstrate examples of our values and competencies, which will be assessed at application and interview stage.

This qualification is suitable for individuals and schools who want a qualification that focuses on practical teaching and prefer a wide choice of optional units. You may already be teaching and wish to have your experience and practice accredited, this course is designed for local schools, academies and colleges and covers the generic teaching skills that are required in becoming an effective teacher.

As an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by one of our partner schools or academies. The school pays for the trainee’s salary and teacher training. For more information email; [email protected].


Heroes into Teaching (Ex-Forces & 999 Emergency Services) (Unsalaried) – Essential Teaching UK

Diploma in Education & Training (L5) with QTLS

We train and support Ex-Forces Personnel or those who wish to change their career and would like to become an influential classroom teacher through our one-year Diploma in Education & Training (DET) with QTLS programme within schools and academies across Hampshire.

ETUK delivers established teacher training which provides progressive, professional development for secondary school teachers and school support staff. Our programme is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

We don’t just enrol people who are fresh out of university. Many people take on our programme to start a new career or develop the skills they need to jump-start their teaching journey. We do not require any teaching experience, but we will be looking for you to demonstrate examples of our values and competencies, which will be assessed at application and interview stage.

This qualification is suitable for individuals and schools who want a qualification that focuses on practical teaching and prefer a wide choice of optional units. You may already be teaching and wish to have your experience and practice accredited, this course is designed for local schools, academies and colleges and covers the generic teaching skills that are required in becoming an effective teacher.

This route is where trainees pay the tuition fee, whilst gaining classroom experience before starting your teaching role. You may not presently be teaching but capable of meeting the minimum teaching practice requirement of 100 hours. If you are unable to complete the minimum teaching practice, we currently place participants into UTC Portsmouth, Milton Cross Academy and Portsmouth College, Hampshire. For more information email; [email protected].


Academics

Academics who have completed or are finishing a doctorate can become qualified to teach through the Researchers in Schools course. Visit researchersinschools.org for more information.

*Schools can decide to accept applications from candidates with less work experience in hard-to-fill subjects, especially in maths, physics, chemistry, design and technology, computing and modern and ancient languages.


Portsmouth Training options

Click to open the table to see which postgraduate course would be suitable for you:

Portsmouth Training options

Use the table to see which postgraduate course would be suitable for you:

University led training School led training
University of Portsmouth

University of Chichester

School Centred Initial Teacher Training at

Portsmouth Primary SCITT

School Direct

Portsmouth

TSA

University of Chichester Academy Trust/Institute of Education

School Direct Salaried

Portsmouth

TSA

selected by the school in partnership with an accredited training provider l l
selected by an accredited training provider l l
tax- free bursary whilst you train* l l l
Employed during training and salary paid l
Fees payable by the candidate **
Minimum of 24 weeks spent in school*** l l l l
Open to new graduates l l l
Open to graduates with 3 or more years’ work experience l l l l
You will have the opportunity to achieve a postgraduate qualification l l
You may have the opportunity to achieve a postgraduate qualification l l

*Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class. Additional payments may be available. See education.gov.uk/teachpgfunding for further details. For bursary information for courses in Wales visit teachertrainingcymru.org **On the School Direct (salaried) scheme you will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of training to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). However, you should enquire with the school whether you would be expected to pay for any academic qualifications, such as PGCE, beyond this. ***Secondary teaching only (minimum in primary – 18 weeks). ****Many school-led providers also offer the chance for you to achieve a postgraduate qualification. Please contact your chosen school for further information on academic awards. Disclaimer: All information correct as of September 2017.


RECRUITMENT

Current teaching vacancies in Portsmouth can be found here.

CAREER SUPPORT

Arundel Court Primary

A supportive environment in which to train
Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance provides a collaborative network for supporting teachers and schools in their development. It brings in external expertise and support and helps to ensure that the environment in which Portsmouth teachers train and work is rich in opportunity and helps them to become expert teachers and leaders in their profession.

A career development pathway
We believe that being a teacher means to understand the value of continuous learning and the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is committed to ensuring the opportunity for teachers in Portsmouth to continually learn and develop through a structured programme which also supports their career development from trainee teachers through to Head teachers.

Career Development through the Institute for Education
Chichester University offers career development through the Institute of Education CPD, which you can look into further here.

LEADERSHIP

Copnor Primary School

We know that improvements will only be achieved where there is strong leadership in our schools.  Nationally, around 10,000 heads, deputies and assistant heads are aged 55 and over and many will be retiring over the next few years. Filling headship vacancies is already a challenge in Portsmouth, particularly in the primary sector.

The city needs to develop great leaders at all levels through blended coaching, face to face training and online learning. This will need to include: aspiring leadership programmes for groups of teachers preparing for their first leadership role; middle and senior leaders ready for whole school responsibility; development of high potential senior leaders who have the talent and commitment to become headteachers within 2-3 years; and programmes for aspiring or existing Executive Headteachers and CEOs of Multi Academy Trusts.

There are a range of senior leadership programmes available in Portsmouth which are delivered through the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, University of Chichester and Ambition School Leadership. A summary of these can be found here

GOVERNANCE

The role of governance in Portsmouth continues to evolve as more schools convert to academy status. The Local Authority supports a self-service model for support for governance and signposts Governing Boards and Multi-Academy Trusts to a variety of governance support providers and online resources. The council continues to offer governor training for specialists subjects. The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance also offers governors training. The Local Authority also works with a group of National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) who can offer support to schools and academies, and can strengthen the link between governance and school improvement including access to robust data and analysis. The Governance Directory 2018 provides further details.

Many schools either have or expect to have a governor vacancy in the near future. We have therefore agreed with Portsmouth Together, a one stop shop for volunteering opportunities in Portsmouth, that schools and MATs can use the Portsmouth Together website to recruit for governors and trustees. Alison Critchley has provided a template advert (attached) and will help with posting current vacancies (the website can also be used to seek other volunteers to work in your school). If you have any vacancies that you would like us to advertise then please forward details to Alison using the attached template.  The template can also be accessed here.