Teach Portsmouth Awards Live update

The Teach Portsmouth team want to update colleagues about the awards and changes to key dates.

Earlier this week, the team met to respond to the pressure schools are under to deliver testing and remote learning. It is clear we must give colleagues more time to nominate peers. The team feel it is only right that the Teach Portsmouth Awards date is moved from Thursday 11 March to Thursday 8 July to allow colleagues more time.

In summary:

  • Nominations will remain open online until Friday 7 May
  • All nominations will be collated and sent to the shortlisting panel on Tuesday 11 May
  • Shortlisting panel will meet virtually on Tuesday 18 May from (9:30am – 12:30pm) and (1pm – 2pm).

Top questions you may have

We feel this approach is fair and gives everyone the chance to be recognised for their amazing efforts. So far, we have received over 150 entries for the people choice award category. To help you plan ahead, we’ve put together a list of questions you may find useful.

Can I delegate nominating to a colleague?

We appreciate how busy everyone is right now and understand it might be challenging for senior leaders to nominate colleagues themselves. Colleagues have recently got in contact with Teach Portsmouth about who can nominate peers. If you are unable to complete your submission, senior leaders can delegate the responsibility to someone else. It is vital that whoever you choose should be the main point of contact moving forwards.
If you have any questions, please contact the Teach Portsmouth team on [email protected].

How do I nominate colleagues?

This year, nominations for the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live are submitted online using a form. Senior leaders can view this year’s award categories before completing their submission. Colleagues are reminded that the form does not save entries as you go. Please start your submission in a Word document before transferring it into the form.

You can nominate colleagues here.

Why can’t I nominate anyone for the long service award?

Entries for the long service award closed in October 2020. If you recognised someone as part of the long service award category but have not yet submitted an application for other award categories, please complete a new application. The Teach Portsmouth team will combine your original entry with your new submission.

What about the people’s choice award?

If you shared details about the people’s choice award with parents/carers, we want to say a big thank you. So far, local residents have nominated over 150 people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic. The people’s choice award will close on Wednesday 13 January as planned. Nominations for other award categories will be extended until Friday 7 May.

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Webinar: Teach Portsmouth presents changing career to teaching

Teach Portsmouth’s next webinar focusing on changing career to teaching will take place on Wednesday 27 January from 4pm – 5pm.

Introducing the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live

We’re pleased to introduce the brand new Teach Portsmouth Awards Live, a new digital awards ceremony for Portsmouth’s teachers, support teams and leaders on Thursday 11 March 2021.

Teach Portsmouth presents routes into teaching

Teach Portsmouth presents routes into teaching

Teach Portsmouth is hosting a special webinar for anyone interested in becoming a teacher to learn more about the profession.

‘Routes into teaching’ will be held on Wednesday 4 November from 4-5pm and will look at the different pathways into teaching. During the webinar, two newly qualified teachers will share their experiences and talk about what it’s like to work in a Portsmouth school.

To attend, you will need to register via the Teach Portsmouth website. Please feel free to invite your friends and family if they are interested in teaching. The webinar is open to all Portsmouth residents.

Routes into teaching is the first in a trilogy of Teach Portsmouth webinars, with ‘changing career to teaching’ and ‘progression in teaching’ to be held later this year.

Teach Portsmouth works to recruit, retain and grow the best teachers and leaders for Portsmouth. Every year, they organise recruitment events for people who want to learn more about the profession.

Register now


A new resource designed to inspire future teachers has launched, aimed at those considering their career options. With many people working from home and looking after children due to school closures, the Teach Portsmouth news hub provides the information needed to start a career as a teacher regardless of industry or background.

Through a range of inspirational content pieces designed to offer a realistic picture of teaching locally, the news hub highlights the breadth of opportunities available in Portsmouth.

Those interested can find information on how to apply for teacher training, interviews from Portsmouth-based teachers and case studies from local providers.

Cllr Suzy Horton welcomed the launch of the news hub: “There are so many heart-warming stories from teachers waiting to be told. The Teach Portsmouth news hub will be the best place to locate news, inspirational stories and interviews from those who matter most – our teachers.”

“With COVID-19 impacting our daily lives, it’s more important than ever before we celebrate the positive stories coming out of our community at this time. If they inspire someone to consider teaching, then that’s fantastic.”

The launch of the news hub coincides with the ‘your time to teach’ campaign designed to reassure local residents that teacher training continues for September. Initial teacher training providers have shown their support for such a resource.

Cate Worrall, principal of Portsmouth Primary SCITT (School centred initial teacher training) backed the launch of the news hub: “This year, we’ve reaffirmed the immeasurable impact teachers make on the whole of society. We are happy to support the Teach Portsmouth news hub and any opportunity to showcase the inspirational stories coming out of Portsmouth at this time.”

The Teach Portsmouth news hub will offer weekly content updates including video interviews, frequently asked questions and topical pieces suitable for those who are new to the profession or those who have recently qualified.

Lynn Nicholls, Schools Direct Leader at Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance supported such an essential resource: “We are proud that Portsmouth residents train to teach with us and become extraordinary teachers in local schools. Trainees always talk about how welcoming the teaching community is in the city. Having the Teach Portsmouth news hub is going to be a brilliant way to see and acknowledge the work teachers do and the difference they make.”

For more information on teacher training in the city as well as inspirational content, visit teachportsmouth.co.uk/news


Teacher Workload and Retention Conference

Senior school leaders have been invited to a brand new conference in the city to reduce teacher workload and improve retention rates.

Held at the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 5 March, delegates were inspired by real life case studies presented by Ofsted’s national director of education, Sean Harford. Senior leaders also offered their experience on workload reduction strategies.

Responding to a recent Department for Education report that highlights workload as one of the barriers to teacher recruitment, the conference invited delegates to shares ideas and practices on how to support teachers in the city.

The event was organised by Portsmouth Education Partnership and supported by Portsmouth City Council.

Alongside Sean Harford, Judith Rutherford, national leader of governance and advocate for effective school governance arrangements discussed her experience with the impact of workload on headteachers and senior leadership teams. She spoke about practical steps schools and colleges can take to improve staff wellbeing overall.

Afterwards, delegates had the opportunity to review real life case studies with practical solutions identified during round table discussions.

Cllr Suzy Horton explained the significance of such an event: “The Teacher Workload and Retention Conference is a positive step towards understanding how we can improve the wellbeing of education professionals in the city.”

“It’s fantastic to see practical steps being taken to create a school culture that reduces workload and supports the well-being of those who work in Portsmouth schools and colleges.”

Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education reaffirmed his commitment to tackling teacher workload and retention: “Teachers are a school’s most important asset and it’s vital that we all work together to make the job of teaching an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. That’s how we will keep on improving education for the country’s pupils.”

Conference slides

Slides from the conference are available to view here, along with the speaker’s notes.

A presentation by Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education can be viewed here.

Looking for Volunteers?

At the end of January Portsmouth’s Volunteering Hub (Portsmouth Together) will be holding a Volunteering Fair across three days at the Tesco Extra in Fratton Way. This will be a fantastic opportunity to recruit local volunteers to your school. Over the last year we have worked with Portsmouth Together to recruit over 20 new governors, and we can also use the event to promote other opportunities e.g. listening to children read. There is no obligation to accept all volunteers – an informal interview and/or trial period can be part of the agreement, and volunteers would be expected to undertake a DBS check where appropriate.  

To promote a volunteering opportunity at your school please provide brief information on:

  • The role – what you are looking for the volunteer to do
  • When they will be needed – e.g. weekly, monthly, and also if there is a regular day of the week/ time of day you need someone
  • Any specific skills and experience you are looking for, or that no specific skills are required

Please can you send this to [email protected] so that I can get the responses collated into an information sheet for distribution at the event.

Alison Critchley

Winners celebrate success at Teach Portsmouth Awards evening

The contribution of teachers from across Portsmouth was celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony at the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier on Friday 4 Oct.

On behalf of Portsmouth Educational Partnership, Portsmouth City Council hosted the second annual Teach Portsmouth award ceremony to recognise those inspirational and hardworking teachers who excelled in the nine categories of outstanding progress, creativity, innovation, community, inclusion, wellbeing, partnership, unsung hero and overall achievement.

Laura Nerssessian from Trafalgar School won the outstanding progress award. She has achieved outstanding results for her GCSE classes, securing progress grades which put the students in the top 5% of the country for both grades 5-9 and 7-9. The department is one of the two top performing departments in the school and Laura’s passion for teaching and learning is continuously driving the department forward. Laura’s aspirational goals for the students have been key in motivating and supporting them to achieve above and beyond.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It was a real privilege to share in the celebrations for our motivational and dedicated teachers tonight and I congratulate them all. The quality of candidates for the awards was superb and the winners must be very proud to know that they are held in such high regard by their pupils and peers.”

With almost 80 Lifetime Achievement Awards presented for teachers with over twenty years services, the winners of the other categories were as follows:

  • Outstanding progress – Laura Nerssessian from Trafalgar School
  • Creativity – Mrs Griggs and the Upper Junior Team at St George’s School
  • Innovation – 11 by 11 at Ark Dickens School
  • Community – The School Council at College Park School
  • Wellbeing – Jeanette Leavers from Castle View
  • Inclusion – Helen Merel at Lyndhurst School
  • Partnership – Reading resilience volunteers at the Youth Chaplaincy
  • Unsung Hero – Charmaine Caruana at Copnor School
  • Overall Achievement – joint winners Steve Labedz, Natalie Sheppard, Debbie Anderson and Polly Honeychurch

As the finale to Teach Portsmouth week – in which schools took part in a variety of activities from Teach the Parents, tutor group takeovers – the event prompted children and schools to put forward more than 100 nominees, demonstrating just how valued teachers are across the city.

As a further celebration of teachers in Portsmouth, on 29 – 31 October, in half term week, the winners of the ‘My Teacher on a Postcard’ competition will be shown in an exhibition at The Hive in Portsmouth Central Library. Children and their families will be able to visit the free event. The competition saw over 2,000 entries being submitted in a visible and moving demonstration of the regard in which pupils hold their teachers.

2019/20 Portsmouth Governor Training Programme

Have you seen our new training offer for governors at Portsmouth maintained schools and Academies? See the full governor training programmewhich includes a wide variety of both free and paid for sessions, and reserve a place via the traded services website or by emailing [email protected]