Teaching in Portsmouth

Options for teaching in our city

Why teach in Portsmouth?

Teaching as a rewarding and exciting profession. Portsmouth is a progressive and interesting place to teach and attracts teachers from a variety of backgrounds. There are multiple routes into teaching and we will help you navigate these. Don't just teach, teach Portsmouth!

Teaching Vacancies

We want to help you find a teaching job in Portsmouth and we know that searching through multiple websites can be time consuming and confusing. To make this easier, you may wish to know that schools and academies use the Portsmouth City Council website to advertise their teaching vacancies. All of our schools and academies welcome an informal discussion about teaching vacancies, so please have a look and get in touch with the school of your choice. 

NQT School List

If you are currently training to be a teacher, recently completed your training, or have part-completed your induction period and are keen to find the best place to start your career, then Portsmouth Local Authority can offer all the support needed to undertake your induction year and provide you with the chance to use your skills and knowledge to achieve your potential.

Newly qualified teachers can submit their details to the Recruitment Team to be included on a secure list both primary and secondary schools can access. Schools contact you directly if they have a suitable vacancy and ask if you wish to apply.

To register on the NQT list email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following details:

  • Name and address, including postcode
  • Phone number
  • ITT provider (University, school etc)
  • Course Undertaken (for example PGCE, B.Ed, Schools Direct)
  • Primary Teachers: Preferred year group(s) to teach
  • Secondary Teachers: Subject specialism(s)
  • Please state how you found out about the NQT list (i.e. name of website, word of mouth etc.)

Teach Portsmouth Week 2019

See what happened last year during Teach Portsmouth week as we celebrated teaching in Portsmouth.

Teach Portsmouth week is all about acknowledging success in our schools and the valued contribution that city school's teachers make. Teachers can have such a positive impact on the young people they teach and really motivate them to achieve in school and to enjoy learning. During this week we celebrate our most inspiring teachers and also encourage people to consider teaching as a new vocation.

Teach Portsmouth week saw pupils and students become teachers - either through teaching their tutor groups, teaching a teacher, or teaching other pupils. Activities included singing, dancing, foreign languages, and arts and crafts.

At the end of the week, the Teach Portsmouth Awards Ceremony recognised outstanding teachers in the City.  Individual awards were presented to teachers and showcased excellence in teaching across the City.

Teach Portsmouth Awards

The Teach Portsmouth Awards are an exciting opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic work done by teachers across the city. Nominations for inspirational and hardworking teachers were received from schools, colleges, multi academy trusts and all partners involved in the Portsmouth Education Partnership.

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2021 - Save the date!

We've changed the date to deliver an event everyone deserves.

The Teach Portsmouth team have taken the decision to postpone the event in light of COVID-19. Originally, the Teach Portsmouth Awards were scheduled for October 2020. Due to the uncertainities around events at the moment, the team have taken the decision to reschedule the awards for 12 March 2021 at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Our priority is your safety. We continue to follow government guidelines around events and hope that by rescheduling will allow us to deliver an event everyone deserves.

For all the latest updates regarding the Teach Portsmouth Awards please check back regularly.

Essential update for sponsors

How COVID-19 has impacted this year's event?

We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for your patience while we reschedule the Teach Portsmouth Awards. As you can imagine, the team haven't taken this decision lightly, however under current government guidelines, events like the awards are not possible at this time.

While the event will not be taking place in October, we still hope to go ahead with the Teach Portsmouth Awards on 12 March 2021. This will enable us to deliver an event everyone deserves. If you have already confirmed sponsorship for this year's awards, we will be in contact shortly to confirm whether you can still support the event.

We shall publish more information on sponsorship opportunities for 2021 in due course.

Award Categories

  • Good and Outstanding Schools
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Outstanding Progress
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Wellbeing of staff or pupils
  • Community
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Unsung hero
  • Outstanding contribution to education in Portsmouth

Teach Portsmouth Awards Ceremony 2019

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.

The Winners

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.

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

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2019 - great excitement as the nominees and winners were announced...

Teach Portsmouth Week 2019 - My Teacher on a Postcard Art Exhibition

More than 2,500 pupils from across Portsmouth submitted entries for the 'My Teacher on a Postcard' competition as part of Teach Portsmouth Week 2019 and demonstrated the regard that they hold their teachers. Pupils were encouraged to use their imagination to create a piece of hand-crafted or digital art, or written work (such as a description, a poem or a story) or even take a photograph that reflects the theme of My Teacher.

Following a shortlisting process and public vote, we are very pleased to share the winning, highly commended and judge's choice entries below. Congratulations to all! Prizes will be presented in November.

The My Teacher on a Postcard Art Exhibition took place at HIVE, Portsmouth Central Library from 29-31 October 2019 and was a great opportunity for all to view the fantastic competition entries on display.


Category Winner Highly Commended Judge's Choice

Year R to Year 2

Teddy (Devonshire Infant School)

Callum (Solent Infant School)
Emily (Solent Infant School)
Grace (Bramble Infant School & Nursery)

Anabia (Milton Park Primary School)
Anaya (Solent Infant School)

Year 3 to Year 6

Emelia (Newbridge Junior School)

Bethany (Meon Junior School)
Jessica (Newbridge Junior School)
Kassidy (St Paul's Catholic Primary School)
Vanathy (Newbridge Junior School)

Isabel (Solent Junior School)
Poppy (Newbridge Junior School)

Year 7 to Year 13

Abby (Trafalgar School)

Anastasija (Trafalgar School)
Darcey (Trafalgar School)
Kimi, Josh, Nicole and Caitlin (Trafalgar School)

Portsmouth Schools and Academies

In May 2019, there were 26,333 pupils in Portsmouth maintained schools and academies.

Local Authority maintained schools and academies (as at May 2019)

No. of pupils % of pupils
Primary 16,739 64%
Secondary 8,997 34%
Special 597 2%
Total 26,333 100%

Some schools are maintained by the Local Authority, and other schools are academies within a Multi Academy Trust. In Portsmouth, all schools are encouraged over time to become part of a strong Multi Academy Trust.

Maintained and Academy Schools (as at May 2019)

LA Maintained Schools Academies Total
Infant 8 8 16
Junior 3 9 12
Primary 11 9 20
(inc. University Technology College)
1 9 10
All-Through School 1 0 1
Special 1 3 5
Total 25 37 63

For the spread of pupils across primary, secondary and special school provision.

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