We recruit skilled teachers who are passionate about teaching and committed to developing their careers. We offer a range of Career Professional Development programmes to help teachers progress while at different stages of their career. This is offered in conjunction with the programmes organised by schools.
The Portswood Primary Teaching School Alliance leads training and professional development for our school staff, and is conveniently situated in the centre of the city. This was developed after Portswood Primary School became just one of 100 schools in England to be granted ‘teaching school’ status in 2011.
You could also find yourself working with one of our eight National Leaders of Education - head teachers who offer coaching and mentoring to other schools in the city. The leaders and their staff have helped improve teaching standards in schools in Southampton, and across the region thanks to their work with schools in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
For information about how individual schools can help progress your career, please contact the school directly.
“I visited the school I currently work at following a recommendation from my PGCE teacher. I was immediately inspired by its ethos, leadership and diversity. The teachers were working hard to establish it as the school of choice in the local area - as it now is - and I knew there and then that I wanted to be a part of that journey.
“The career opportunities and encouragement offered by the school and local authority have been excellent; consequently I have never felt the urge to leave. When I decided to apply to become an advanced skills teacher, I fell short of experience, but the school and authority gave me all the time and opportunities I needed to be successful. My skills and confidence have grown tremendously since I began working here and I feel really grateful for the support I received along the way.
“I have come a long way since teaching English in Japan after graduating but my passion for teaching is as strong as ever. I genuinely want to go to work every day and can’t imagine doing anything else. Every day brings different challenges and I am supported and encouraged to try new things in lessons as I strive to be the best classroom practitioner that I possibly can. You can be a role model and an inspiration to students, but students also challenge and inspire you.
“Southampton is a friendly, vibrant city which is big enough to offer a range of opportunities for teachers, but small enough to allow you to build strong links within the teaching community. Transport links to and from the city are convenient and extensive, and I like the fact I am close to the sea as I grew up in Cornwall. I now truly consider Southampton to be my home.”