School Direct 2019-20: Recruitment window closed

We are delighted to announce that we have successfully recruited our School Direct trainees who will start in September 2019.  They enjoyed meeting the 2018-19 cohort of trainees last week at their induction session and are excited to be joining our partnership schools after the summer break.

We wish them all the very best for their training year and look forward to working with them.

Recruitment for entry in September 2020 will begin in October.

PTSA Course Brochure 2019-20

We are pleased to announce that the new PTSA Course Brochure is now available for 2019-20.

Please book spaces early to avoid disappointment.

Click HERE to visit the online bookings page to see full details of each course including NQT training and accreditation, NQT+1 Programme, TA training, leadership courses and much more…

Click HERE to download a copy of the PTSA Course Brochure 2019-20

Inclusion Conference 2019 with Chris Packham

Inclusion Conference 2019 with Chris Packham

On 11 January 2019 the PTSA were delighted to welcome Chris Packham to Southampton to present to our teachers, school staff and other professionals working in our schools.   An annual event, this year the focus has been on supporting children with Autistic Spectrum Diagnoses and included workshops from the University of Southampton, Solent NHS, Southampton Educational Support Teams and The National Autistic Society.

Approximately 300 delegates appreciated the keynote presentation by Chris Packham. The delegates represented more than 65 educational establishments covering academic years from preschool through to university. Professionals attended from Southampton, The Isle of Wight and other neighbouring areas and the feedback has been incredible.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the day.


Also see: Conference Report and Conference Resources 

“Best CPD of my life…”

Feedback from our Leadership Conference has been nothing short of phenomenal.
On 2 October we were joined by ‘highly engaging’ guest speakers Laura McInerney (education journalist for The Guardian and Schools Week and creator of Teacher Tapp) and Sir John Dunford (all-round educational guru!).  Providing a whole host of research based tips and creative solutions, both education experts offered a different perspective on key issues facing the profession.
As one delegate put it, “it was so beneficial to take the time out to consider current education issues/possibilities with expert input…the best CPD of my life”

NACE – New Research and Development Hub

Congratulations to Portswood Primary School who is now one of only 3 schools in the country designated as a Research and Development Hub by NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education).  As a R&D Hub school they will invite fellow NACE member schools within our region to join the project. Participants will come together to share expertise, research and resources, and will collectively work to identify areas for further investigation and development.

Highlighting the excellent provision already in place at many NACE member schools, Caroline Gaitely (who will oversee the initiative in England and Wales) adds: “It is hoped that Hub activities will not only benefit schools through sharing existing good practice and considering the latest developments, but that the initiative will also lead to a wider national debate about how schools should support more able learners in the years ahead.”

Commenting on the initiative, NACE CEO Sue Riley, says: “The R&D Hubs will allow NACE to respond to the needs of schools, build capacity and add value, and encourage the sharing of expertise and participation in the context of local issues and priorities. We are delighted to announce our first three Hub schools, all of which are already highly outward focused and successful in their regional approaches to capacity building.”

To find out more about the project visit: