Training in Portsmouth

Options for learning in our city

Getting into Teaching

There are multiple routes into teaching and we will help you navigate these. We know that searching through multiple websites can be time consuming and confusing. To make this easier, there is information about the training providers in the city, the different type of routes and a Route Finder to help you identify the best fit for you and your circumstances.

We are here to provide a clear route to your next steps as a future teacher.

There are 3 main routes into teaching...
- School Based Training
- Combination of School Based Practice and University Led Study
- University Based Training

There are 8 qualification options available for you to consider as you choose your route to become a teacher

School Based Training

Professional Graduate Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Diploma in Education and Training, and Qualified Teacher and Learning Skills status (QTLS)
Post -Graduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Combination of School Based Practice and University Led Study

School Direct: Combining school-centred employment with university-led study leading to Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeships: Combining school-centred employment with university-led study leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

University Based Training

A Degree qualification, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Trainees may be offered the opportunity to study for 60 M-Level credits towards a Master's degree in addition to the Professional Certificate and Qualified Teacher Status awards.

Lead providers delivering teacher training

University Based...

University of Portsmouth

University of Chichester

If you are interested in teaching in Further Education, please contact us.

Find your route

Answer these simple questions and click Find your route.

Do you have GCSE passes in English, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above?


Do you have a degree?


What age children are you interested in teaching?

What subject/s are you interested in teaching? If you do not have a preference, click "Not specified".

Immediate Opportunities

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.

Train to Teach Event

Find out about a highly successful School Direct route into teaching, run by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, and gain some valuable information on how to apply.

Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Event

Portsmouth is a place where teaching matters and you can make a difference. 90% of our schools are good or better, and education professionals are passionate about delivering the best outcomes for children and young people.

Enthusiastic heads - very approachable - very friendly and supportive of my questions

Opportunity to talk to trainees and NQTs.  Opportunity to find out even more ways into teaching.  More training routes than I found on my search so lot's more to think about.

The Teach Portsmouth Recruitment event provides the opportunity to meet local schools, colleges and Initial Teacher Training providers, and to find out what local schools and the City of Portsmouth can offer. On the day you'll be able to discuss and apply for current vacancies with schools and find out about CPD and routes into teaching more about teaching and living in Portsmouth.

  • Meet specific exhibitors and explore a range of teaching options. 

  • Find out about current and future teaching opportunities across Portsmouth. 

  • Speak to exhibitors who can advise on the best route into teaching. 

  • 90% of attendees would recommend the event to others.

Date announced for the next Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Event.

The next Teach Portsmouth Recruitment Event is on Wednesday 29th January 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Come and talk to local schools and find out whether teaching is for you. More details will be published in the autumn 2019. To register an initial interest so that we can tell you more when we the details are announced, email us.

Newly Qualified Teacher support programme

NQT Induction in Portsmouth is generally delivered by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, in partnership with Portsmouth City Council.

  • NQTs feel well supported during their NQT year

  • NQTs comment very positively about the quality of their support, their mentors and their schools

  • Schools apply the standards knowledgably

  • All NQTs receive their statutory entitlement to release from pupil contact time

2018/19 academic year


completion of NQT Induction

For 2019/20, the new cohort of NQTs is 86 (so far…)

Feedback from current NQTs
  • "Very helpful - thank you"
  • "(June is) Very approachable and made clear....our expectations. Thank you"
  • "Excellent course and well delivered"
  • "Good to meet June and to know that such good support is available 😊"
  • "Links made with other mentors was useful"

"I feel like my NQT year has been a challenge but one I have learnt many skills from, it would not have been possible without such an encouraging mentor. I am lucky to have completed it in such a caring school and have received a huge amount of advice and support from many members of staff. I am hugely grateful for the time that has been spent to help me develop as a new teacher and look forward to sharing my practice with others in years to come. I look forward to working towards the new targets set for me as both a subject leader and a teacher working within Key Stage 2."

"Another packed term which has flown by, but I feel it has been another enjoyable and successful one. I am very much enjoying my NQT year and the experiences and opportunities it is providing. I am grateful to be a NQT in such a great school and feel very supported in my role here."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my NQT year here …and am now drawing towards the end of another busy, but fulfilling term.  I have been involved in a number of transition projects with our new Year 7 intake, which, as a tutor was tremendously beneficial. I cannot thank my deputy head and my induction tutor enough for their help and guidance this year. I find myself becoming increasingly more passionate about teaching, a feeling that is shared and nurtured by my colleagues."

Recently Qualified Teacher support programme

Support for RQTs in Portsmouth is delivered by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance.

  • Support and development for teachers who have qualified in the past three years.

  • Outstanding Teaching and Learning - Mastering the concepts, ongoing behaviour management, deeper level of engagement and effective interventions. 

  • Innovation in the classroom - We will look at tried and tested approaches to innovative classroom practice as well as sharing exciting pedagogical ideas. 

  • Questioning - We will focus on how the right questions can secure higher-order thinking and provide stretch and challenge to all students.

  • Early Leadership and Curriculum Coordination - We will looking at the principles of leadership and practical skills such as curriculum mapping, staffing and resource development.

  • SEND in the Mainstream Classroom - We will cover all aspects of how to approach supporting SEND pupils.

  • More Able Provision - How to ensure curriculum and classroom practice supports the most able pupils to achieve.

Continuing Professional Development

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is committed to raising standards and improving outcomes for the young people of Portsmouth. This includes an extensive range of programmes offering the very best professional development for all staff at all career stages in primary, secondary, mainstream and specialist schools.

Find out more

Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Sufficiency, Participation & Resources
Children, Families and Education
Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth PO1 2EA
  • 023 9268 8088 (9.30am - 2.30pm)

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