PTSA Forms New Partnership!

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance have formed a new partnership with the IoW primary ITT trainers, primary Heads and the University of Portsmouth to deliver bespoke teacher training on the island.

In January 2017 Elle Beere, who wants to train to be a primary teacher, attended the Portsmouth recruitment fair in search of teacher training positions. She said she was devastated to hear that primary ITT was no longer available on the IoW.

“I am so pleased I took the time to travel over and talk with Lynn Nicholls at the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance as it now means primary teacher training will remain on the island.  I have worked in education for 5 years and I can't think of another job that is more rewarding. The IoW needs teacher training to be delivered locally and this new opportunity, is perfect for me. I would urge other teaching assistants to apply and train on the island”

The partnership has the support of the NCTL, DfE and the University of Portsmouth. Lynn Nicholls said “It is an opportunity for those who live on the island to train on the island. I am looking forward to working with IoW colleagues and Head Teachers to collaboratively offer local training".

 Laura Bosworth (Executive Head Oakfield CE & Arreton St George's CE) has worked with the IoW Primary ITT Trainers said

“We are delighted that Primary ITT will be continuing on the IoW. The key to ensuring the very best education for our children is to have the best teachers. Being an Island makes recruitment of the best staff even more difficult when nationally recruitment of teachers is an issue. By 'growing our own' we can ensure that our schools have high quality teachers who love teaching on the IoW. We also have the benefit of the local training being led by excellent tutors who are passionate about providing teacher training on the Island. “

 If you have a degree and are interested in training on the Isle of Wight then contact

Applications are made via UCAS and the IoW primary code is 34JF and the IoW primary code is 34JF