Teaching School

As leaders and innovators in teaching and learning, we have a well-established teacher training programme, which allows us to harness talent and train successful teachers.

How can I train with Richard Taunton?

Through the Portswood Teaching School Alliance, Schools Direct

A cross-phase secondary PGCSE, in partnership with our local secondary schools

Find out more about the Portswood Teaching School Alliance here

Through the University of Southampton Education Department FE PGCE

As a preferred partner, we deliver INSET training and professional mentoring to all of the FE PGCSE trainees, as well as providing placements with our college.

Find our more about the Southampton Education School here

Through the University of Portsmouth and University of Chichester

We help to enhance the experience of other secondary PGCE teachers by providing placements for trainees from Portsmouth and Chichester.

Find out more about Portsmouth here or Chichester here


Michael-WarnerI’m studying the PGCE in Further Education, Learning and Skills at the University of Southampton. At Richard Taunton’s I’ve taught AS and A Level History and Politics, and I’ve learnt so much during my time here.

I’d recommend RTSFC as a placement college for a number of reasons:

  • The support I’ve received from staff here has been outstanding, my subject mentor has provided constant support, encouragement and further development.
  • The community-focused college environment has been a challenging but rewarding atmosphere to learn to teach in.
  • RTSFC have offered me so many opportunities for professional and personal development – during my time here I’ve experienced Open Evenings, Parent’s Evenings, Network Meetings, INSET training and more.

For all of the above reasons, I’d thoroughly recommend RTSFC as a placement college.

Michael Warner, PGCE Student