Teach Portsmouth has announced the launch of 'your time to teach,' a new campaign to highlight teacher training in Portsmouth for September despite school and college closures. The campaign assures local residents that those interested in teaching can still apply for a place at eight different providers before the new academic year begins.
Those interested in teaching can choose from a university-based route or school-based route locally, depending on the type of experience they want. While the campaign raises awareness of teacher training, the way applications are processed has changed.
Due to social distancing, successful applicants will be invited to a virtual interview held by video call. Other changes include skills tests held online, with further details to be announced in the future and proof of certifications handled by courier and sent to the training provider directly.
Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families reaffirmed the importance of initial teacher training locally: “While times remain uncertain, it is important to look ahead and plan for the next academic year. Our initial teacher training providers in Portsmouth do a fantastic job recruiting talented individuals to inspire the next generation.”
“In recent weeks, I have been amazed by incredible teachers on the frontline providing support for local keyworker children with many of them graduating from local training providers.”
While technology continues to play a role in teacher recruitment, inspirational stories from teachers supporting keyworker children have come to light. The campaign showcases a range of stories to inspire people into a rewarding career as a teacher.
Organisations who provide training in Portsmouth have frequently been rated outstanding by Ofsted making the city a top destination for future teachers.
Mike Stoneman, deputy director for children’s services at Portsmouth City Council fully supports the campaign: “Our partners across Portsmouth are working hard to recruit teachers to support local children for schools in the city. The campaign reminds those interested in teaching that recruitment continues despite COVID-19."
The campaign will continue to support recruitment for initial teacher training providers up until September when positions close. Opportunities in different subject area areas are now open.
Teach Portsmouth is a key component of the work of the Portsmouth Education Partnership which is supported by Portsmouth City Council and education providers across the city. Teach Portsmouth works to recruit, retain and grow the best teachers and leaders for Portsmouth.
For more information on the campaign, visit teachportsmouth.co.uk/yourtime for top tips on completing an online application, details on training providers and inspirational stories from graduates.