Teach Portsmouth presents career progression in teaching

Webinar: Teach Portsmouth presents career progression in teaching

After the success of Teach Portsmouth’s first two webinars, the series returns with career progression in teaching on Wednesday 26 May from 4pm to 5pm. The webinar series aims to inspire those interested in teaching to learn more about what opportunities are available in the city.

In this webinar, attendees will find out about the differences between pastoral and senior positions as well as continuing professional development in teaching. Two Portsmouth-based teachers will give top tips on how to progress in the profession by sharing details of their own experiences. Debbie Anderson, head of school improvement at Portsmouth City Council and webinar host said:

“After working in Portsmouth as a head teacher for many years, I know first-hand the opportunities on offer for those wanting to move up or change career to teaching.

The profession provides a range of different routes for progression and promotion, whether that’s middle and senior leadership (pastoral, curriculum or teaching and learning), developing others for example through training, or school to school support, there is something for everyone.”

Lloyd O’Neil, head of science at Admiral Lord Nelson School and webinar contributor, reflected on his progression journey so far:

“I began my journey coaching sports in Portchester. I soon realised that teaching was for me – so I was keen to take this ambition further. After joining Admiral Lord Nelson School as second in science, an opportunity came up to become head of department. Teaching is a rewarding career as you see young people flourish in a subject I’m passionate about.”

Those who join the webinar will be able to learn more about each teacher, offering an insight into their unique experiences as well as their routes into teaching.

For those who want more information, attendees can submit questions as part of a live Q&A. Our second contributor, Jemma Clark who is a head teacher at Solent Infant School spoke about the uniqueness of career progression and what people can look forward to:

“Career progression is highly personal and unique for each individual. I trained at the University of Chichester and completed a post graduate certificate in education. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing many roles including being a subject specialist to my current role as head teacher. The opportunities are there and available if you wish to take them. Some may want to stay in a teaching role while others will want to progress to senior management.”

Teach Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth Education Partnership. We would like to welcome colleagues from across the city to join the webinar to learn more about the opportunities on offer. If you’ve been considering stepping up or know someone who might want to teach in your school/college, please share the details of the webinar with them.

If you have any questions about the webinar, please email [email protected].

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Youth parliament team standing outside Portsmouth Guildhall

Winner announced for Portsmouth’s next member of youth parliament

After a close contest for Portsmouth’s next member of youth parliament, the winner has been announced. The campaign began on Monday 8 March when voting opened for seven young people who were shortlisted for the coveted role. Each candidate recorded a video and presented a manifesto that young people could review as part of the voting process.

Those aged between 11 – 18 years old who live, work or study in Portsmouth chose their candidate before voting closed on Wednesday 17 March.

The member of youth parliament will work alongside councillors and influence key decisions that affect young people and children.

Destiny Rose-Forde Kennedy, 16, who is a student at The Portsmouth Grammar School and the city’s next member of youth parliament said:

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for me. The 52 candidates who originally put themselves forward were all incredibly talented.

“Giving young people a voice is something that I believe to be essential and invaluable because we are the future and if we’re not involved in important discussions, so many significant experiences and perspectives will be excluded and that would be devastating.”

Due to the high calibre of candidates shortlisted, two deputy roles have been created to support the member of youth parliament for Portsmouth.

Ella Reilly, 17, who is a student at Havant and South Downs College (HSDC) and a deputy said:

“This new role will enable me to support Destiny, ensuring more young people’s voices are heard and represented at council meetings. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to help build a change making platform for Portsmouth.”

Willow Lindstrom-Fabik, 13, a student at Priory School and a deputy said:

“I am incredibly excited to be a member of youth parliament deputy and work collaboratively with Destiny and Ella. I’m hoping to expand my political knowledge and meet new, innovative people that I can learn from.”

UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds. All members of youth parliament meet nationally twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting.

Supported by Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth Education Partnership brings together all Portsmouth schools and partner organisations to improve attainment and opportunities for young people across the city.

The campaign to find Portsmouth’s next member of youth parliament meets the partnerships priorities of inclusivity, ensuring no voice goes unheard.

The partnership also supports teacher recruitment and retention as well as increasing attainment levels of school children across the city through awareness campaigns.

For more information on the city’s member of youth parliament, local residents can visit the PEP pupil voice webpage.

Portsmouth Member of Youth Parliament candidates

Voting opens for Portsmouth’s next member of youth parliament

The search for Portsmouth’s next youth parliament member continues, with seven young people still in the running ahead of elections due to take place between 8 and 17 March.

More than 52 candidates from across the city put themselves forward for consideration following a campaign launched by Portsmouth City Council and youth advocacy specialists Unloc in January, which was bolstered by support from city MPs Stephen Morgan and Penny Mordaunt.

The seven shortlisted candidates are aged between 11 and 17 years old, and are committed to using their elected voice to bring about social change. The member of youth parliament is a coveted role that will influence key decisions that affect children and young people in Portsmouth.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said:

“Since launching the search for the city’s next member of youth parliament, we have had the difficult job of shortlisting so many worthy candidates. The response was beyond our expectations.

“This young person will support key decisions made that impact the day to day lives of young people in the city. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in politics to work alongside councillors and influence decisions at Portsmouth City Council.”

The campaign to find the city’s next member of youth parliament has cross-party backing across the council, as well as the support from local MPs.

Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South said:

“We’ve had such an amazing response in our search to find the city’s next member of youth parliament. This is a unique chance for someone to step up and make an impact in their community.”

Young people aged 11-18 years old, who live, work or study in Portsmouth, will be able to cast their vote securely online from Monday 8 March. The shortlisted candidates have recorded videos and prepared manifestos to explain what they will focus on as part of their role as member of youth parliament.

Penny Mordaunt, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North said:

“I’m pleased to see so many young people get involved with politics locally. As we move forward out of the pandemic, the member of youth parliament will help shape our recovery as a city, ensuring no voice goes unheard.”

UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds. All members of youth parliament meet nationally twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting.

Voting closes on Wednesday 17 March with the results announced on Friday 19 March.

For more information on the candidates and how to vote, click here.

Meon Junior School’s successful switch to live and remote learning

They say ‘every day’s a school day’, and never has that been more profound! For parents in 2021 every day has been just that. Sara Paine, Headteacher of Meon Juniors shares how her school are thriving with live and remote learning.

“Moving lessons to live learning was nerve-wracking but we did it.

We do three live teaching sessions a day, plus one additional session three times a week – bringing our school community together in assembly.

Before the first day, I asked parents to please be patient, kind and understanding – and they delivered. My staff were terrified, from newly qualified through to teachers with 30 years’ experience, they were nervous; this is new, out of their comfort zone, and the parents’ messages lifted spirits.

Our biggest challenge has been technology and learning how to use it at such short notice. But, every day we – the teachers, parents and pupils – get better. Being part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) has been a godsend, I feel that, as a group of schools, we’re moving forward together, overcoming the technological challenges and sharing good practice.

As with a school day, routine is vital, we share a timetable weekly, outlining all the remote learning and including timings for live lessons.

It works; our first day of remote learning, we saw 84% of our school logging on to live lessons and now a whopping 98% have been in live lessons, with 99% of our school engaged in the remote learning offer.

It’s a huge team effort, teachers and pupils too; we’re all in it together.

This approach works for us, though we are constantly reviewing, reflecting, and listening, to make changes where needed.

Portsmouth’s leaders are close knit, and we are all in this together working towards a common goal. As a city we’re a good bunch, collaborating and sharing what works.

Here at Meon Juniors we’re doing it this way, we took a chance and it’s paid off.”

What parents are saying:

“My two had a great day. It’s really appreciated, all the hard work that has gone into today and for the future weeks. Having this structure and communication has been fantastic!”

“Thank you for all your hard work to support the children, this IT stuff can’t be easy!”

“It was great that the children got to see their teacher and felt included and all the work was there for them to access”

“Thank you for all you and your staff are doing in such a crazy climate. The way you have switched to online learning, literally overnight is quite incredible”

“Firstly thank you for a brilliant day of home learning – It’s amazing how you’ve pulled it all together so quickly and seamlessly for the children. Thank you.”

Campaign launched to find Portsmouth’s next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP)

The search is on to find a voice to represent Portsmouth’s young people on a national stage.

Portsmouth City Council in partnership with Unloc is launching a campaign to find the city’s next member of youth parliament to work with local leaders on key issues as well being part of meetings with youth MPs from across the country.

City MPs Stephen Morgan and Penny Mordaunt have joined forces to take part in a recruitment event for the role along with Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Rob Wood and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, Cllr Suzy Horton. Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon- Jackson will start the session with a short introduction welcoming attendees.

With COVID-19 impacting the lives of children across the city, the campaign aims to recruit a member of youth parliament who will work alongside council leaders to ensure the voices of young people are heard at a time when they’re facing challenges they may never have encountered before.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education welcomed the campaign:

“More so than ever before, it is really important we have the voices of every individual heard. The role will help change outcomes for children in the city for the better, during a time of uncertainty for many.

The role involves working with council members to strengthen essential services that young people access. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone interested in public life locally to really make a difference.”

Laura Spurgeon, a 14 year old student at Admiral Lord Nelson School, who will be joining the information event and is Portsmouth’s current member of youth parliament reflected on the past year:

“I was shocked to learn that I’d won, and then excited and thankful to be given the opportunity to speak for young people in Portsmouth. Many are passionate about the future but feel our views are discarded and not heard. I have spoken to a range of students about their views on mental health, voting at 16 and LGBTQ+ education.”

UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning. All members of youth parliament meet nationally twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting.

Alison Jeffery, director of children, families and education at Portsmouth City Council said:

“Listening to the views of young people is crucial when providing services for them. The role of member of youth parliament will help develop what we offer, ensuring the needs of 11 – 17 year olds are met.”

Any 11 – 17 year olds interested in the role can join an information session through Zoom on Friday 22 January from 5pm to 6pm.

Participants can hear from Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South, Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Rob Wood, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education Cllr Suzy Horton and Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon- Jackson. Those who attend will learn more about the process and will be able to ask questions about the role.

To attend the digital event, young people can register online by searching for ‘Portsmouth member of youth parliament Q&A’ on Eventbrite.

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.