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A free online tool designed to help local people start a teaching career in the city has been updated for the next academic year.

Many people considering a teaching career will know where they want to live or have an idea of what age group they would like to teach. But with different training routes available, it is often challenging for people to understand what qualifications they need.

That’s where Portsmouth City Council’s Teach Portsmouth website comes in, it offers a range of training and teaching resources to help people, regardless of their backgrounds, understand their options. The city has many providers who offer training for early years, primary, secondary and post-16 settings.

It takes people through the three main routes of teaching, explaining eight qualification routes to consider as well as details on training providers.

It also takes people step by step through the minimum requirements they need to teach.

Those interested can also select how their training is funded as well as what age group and subjects they would like to teach.

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

“Everyone’s teaching journey is different but knowing where to start can often be the first hurdle. The website helps people navigate their options by presenting information in bitesize chunks.

“It’s a fantastic tool and one that will benefit many people interested in teaching. There’s so much information out there that it can seem a bit overwhelming. A local service like Teach Portsmouth can support those interested at the very start of their journey.”

Those who complete the route finder will be presented with a list of course providers. The online tool allows an individual to click through to a training providers’ website.

Lynn Nicholls, director of initial teacher training and school direct at Portsmouth and Solent Teaching School Alliance said:

“As a training provider in Portsmouth, we get questions from prospective teacher asking where do I begin?

“We always recommend a visit to the Teach Portsmouth website to research your training options first. It’s not unusual to feel unsure about what age group or subject you might want to teach at the beginning. As you research more, the puzzle pieces start to fall into place and a picture becomes clear. Speak to people and providers as they can also recommend the best routes based upon your qualification and experience level.”

The route finder has been updated to include course information for the academic year 2022 – 2023. For those who are new to teaching, the Teach Portsmouth website also has a range of useful resources including webinars and blogs to view.

For more information, local residents can visit www.teachportsmouth.co.uk/training or search Teach Portsmouth online.