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.

Langstone Junior Academy receives recognition for lockdown project

Year six pupils and their teacher at Langstone Junior Academy have received recognition for a project in which they linked up with pupils in Italy and shared their lockdown experiences.

Class teacher and MFL lead, Lyndsey Knight explains:

I joined an international project that was set up by a teacher in Italy where the worst number of COVID cases were initially. We contributed to the project by uploading photos of work/fun created by our year six children at home such as letters, pictures, baking, crafts etc. The children really embraced this project, and it all sort of snowballed from receiving the first award – European Quality label – to the National Award for an Outstanding Project 2020.

A video showing examples of some of the activities carried out by pupils is available to watch online.

The British Council commented:

‘(We) would like to congratulate Langstone Junior School for being recognised with the following British Council eTwinning National Award‘.

Outstanding Project
The award was announced on Friday 27 November 2020 during the 15th annual British Council eTwinning national conference. Langstone Junior Academy’s THE RED ZONE: Isolated but connected! scored amongst the highest across the UK within the project quality framework:

  • Pedagogical innovation
  • Curricular integration
  • Collaboration between partner schools
  • Use of technology
  • Results, impact and documentation

The judge’s comments about the school’s award-winning project were:

This imaginative project directly addresses the lockdown with a thoughtful and imaginative use of technology developing creative solutions. Good collaboration between the staff involved structured new learning opportunities for all the students involved. The inclusion of family support and engagement in the students learning is commendable. Student collaboration eased the isolation for all the participants and the twinspace demonstrates the extensive learning opportunities. A worthy winning project focused on learning in lockdown.

Find out more about Project TwinSpace here.

Teach Portsmouth presents changing career to teaching logo

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

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.

Portsmouth schools going the extra mile for children with special educational needs

Portsmouth City Council’s first online Portsmouth Inclusion Conference was held on 22 October, celebrating the continued commitment by Portsmouth schools to high quality support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Around 100 teachers, education staff and other professionals who work with children with SEND attended the conference, which is normally held face to face but was moved online this year due to the pandemic.  Keynote speakers were Ian Hunkin, Director of the Sigma Teaching School and previously head teacher of The Harbour School, and Jarlath O’Brien, head teacher and behaviour columnist for the Times Educational Supplement.

With more than 4,000 children and young people in Portsmouth needing extra assistance for conditions such as anxiety, autism, ADHD or visual and other physical difficulties, the need for SEND support is increasing, and the ability of schools to provide support is vital as it allows the children to be part of their community, to develop a sense of belonging and become better prepared for life in the community as children and adults.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people attending the online conference and demonstrating the commitment to providing a high and consistent standard of education which is accessible to all their pupils, no matter what their special educational needs or disabilities might be. We want to encourage every child’s talents and I thank all staff and professionals who have done a tremendous job in supporting pupils, particularly this year.”

The first online conference comes in the year that a unique new scheme was launched by Portsmouth City Council, designed to help schools work with each other to provide the best possible support to children. The new peer assessment, the Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark (PIE QM), addresses this need and helps schools to learn from each other and share best practice.

A recent survey of Portsmouth parents and carers of children with SEND showed that a large majority of respondents believe their views are listened to by professionals (80%) and over two-thirds of respondents who feel that their child or young person needs SEND support know how to access it (68%).

Information about the PIE QM and other support and local services for those working with children and young people with SEND, can be found on the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer website at

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


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.