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Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance

What Our Trainees Say About Us

Gareth completed his PE training

I was so keen to teach that I applied to the Portsmouth STA, even though I lived in the Midlands, I was very lucky to get one of the last places available. I had two great mentors in my school placements at Mayfield School and Portsmouth Academy, they also encouraged me to gain a 2nd subject whilst training. As part of my degree I studied biology, so apart from working in the sports department I also shadowed the science teachers and in time, as I gained more experience and knowledge I began to teach classes too. I eventually secured a job at Portsmouth Academy, which was a brilliant result. Training to teach had its challenges, but I learnt so much on my School Direct PGCE that when I graduated I felt confident about joining the teaching profession. I love my new life as a teacher and what each new day brings

 Nathan completed his history training

Nathan was a lawyer for 15 years before deciding to change careers. 

Whilst training was one of the most demanding things I have ever done, it was the most rewarding experience too. I got to change young people's lives every day and I learnt so much from them

 Richard completed his biology training 2020 - 2021

Despite the difficulties faced training during COVID-19, the team within the Portsmouth Training alliance were fantastic, supporting trainee's with resources, advice, and expertise.

The Portsmouth Training Alliance team were highly supportive and made my career change from academia into secondary education engaging and rewarding. Their support and advice was invaluable