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!

Teacher Experience Programme

The Portsmouth Teacher Experience Programme is a new pilot programme for suitably qualified applicants who are considering training to teach, or returning to teaching, in September 2020. The programme is free of charge to graduates (or those who are due to graduate in summer 2020) who live, work or study in Portsmouth.

Prospective teachers will spend up to 2-3 days in a Portsmouth primary or secondary school, during which time they will have the chance to:

  1. Sit in on a variety of lessons, working with pupils under the guidance of the teacher;
  2. Meet the head or CPD lead to receive advice on routes into teaching and discuss which might be most appropriate;
  3. Spend time with a newly qualified or recently qualified teacher to hear first- hand experience.

Applicants need a grade C or equivalent in English and Maths GCSEs, and will be required to undertake a DBS check.

To register for the programme, please complete this form. We will match you with a suitable local school, who will contact you to arrange for you to complete your volunteering experience in the school at a mutually convenient time.

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

Teach Portsmouth Week is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and raise the profile of 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 in 2018 saw pupils and students across the city take part in amazing activities such as 'Tutor Group Take Over' and 'Teach a Teacher'.  Children also contributed artwork, written work, and film to the 'My Teacher' exhibition at Gaiety Bar in celebration of teachers past and present. 

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 2019

The Teach Portsmouth Awards are an exciting opportunity to recognise and celebrate our current teachers and for everyone to experience the buzz of teaching. There are 11 awards to celebrate some of the great work in our city. Nominations are welcomed from schools, colleges, multi academy trusts and all partners involved in the Portsmouth Education Partnership. The deadline for nominations is Friday 28th June 2019.

The Award evening will be held on 4th October 2019.

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 Week 2019 - My Teacher on a Postcard Art Exhibition

The My Teacher on a Postcard Exhibition has been inspired by a recent Twitter Art Exhibition (#TAE2019). This was held in Edinburgh and included 1000 postcards from around the world. We would love to receive 1000 postcards from around Portsmouth and want every school to take part in creating this amazing display. All schools have to do is encourage their pupils (and staff!) 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. The Exhibition will be open for viewing during Teach Portsmouth week (w/c 30 September 2019) and we hope that schools and the public will come and vote for their favourite postcards. There are prizes for the winning artists and their schools.

The deadline for submissions is 13th September 2019.

Teach Portsmouth Awards 2018 - great excitement as the nominees and winners were announced...

    Images courtesy The News

    Portsmouth Schools and Academies

    In January 2019, there were 26,287 pupils in Portsmouth maintained schools and academies.

    Local Authority maintained schools and academies

    No. of pupils % of pupils
    Primary 16,732 64%
    Secondary 8,982 34%
    Special 574 2%
    Total 26,287 100%

    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. There are 12 Multi Academy Trusts operating within the city.

    Maintained and Academy Schools (as at January 2019)

    LA Maintained Schools Academies Total
    Infant 8 8 16
    Junior 3 9 12
    Primary 11 9 20
    Secondary
    (inc. University Technology College)
    1 9 10
    All-Through School 1 0 1
    Special 2 3 5
    Total 26 37 64

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

    Pupils across primary and secondary provision (as at January 2019 school census)

    LA Maintained Schools Academies Total
    Infant 1,609 2,166 3,775
    Junior 1,161 3,516 4,677
    Primary 4,480 3,799 8,279
    Secondary 1,948 7,034 8,982
    Special 169 405 574
    Total 9,367 16,920 26,287
    Teacher Recruitment and Retention
    Sufficiency, Participation & Resources
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    Portsmouth PO1 2EA
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