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Teacher training places still available

Andrew Porter, Director of Initial Teacher Training at the University of Portsmouth.

Andrew Porter, Director of Initial Teacher Training at the University of Portsmouth.

Places are still available on the University of Portsmouth’s teacher training programme, which has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The University was this year allocated more than twice the usual amount of places on its PGCE courses, which qualify successful students to teach at secondary school level.

Courses are available in Business Studies, Computer Science, English, Geography, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), but – with a start date of September 7 – applicants must hurry to enrol.

Successful applicants could be eligible for a bursary of up to £25,000 (depending on the subject they are training to teach and the class of undergraduate degree already attained).

Andrew Porter, Director of Initial Teacher Training at the University, said: “Teaching is an incredibly rewarding profession. It’s a great choice for young graduates, but we also have many people coming to us looking for a change of career because they don’t feel fulfilled in their current jobs.

“The University was rated an ‘outstanding’ teacher training provider by Ofsted, and that’s the highest category you can get. We were the only secondary teacher training provider in the country during that inspection to be given that grade.

“One of the key things for us is our strong and well-established partnership with schools. Many of our mentors in schools trained with us at the University of Portsmouth, so they really understand the programme.”

All PGCE students are supported by university tutors and school-based mentors.

Mr Porter said that feedback from students was “overwhelmingly positive across the board”, and was reflected in the University’s impressive employment record, with more than 80 per cent of students going into teaching work soon after finishing their course.

He added: “Teaching gives you fulfilment. You’re making a difference to somebody’s life, and helping to give them better chances in life.

“It’s not an easy option, but that’s what the training is there for – to help you learn to do it well.”

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