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Why Southampton?

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Why Southampton?

Vibrant. Dynamic. Culturally Rich.

Southampton has recently been voted one of the top ten places to live in the UK, and it is easy to see why. The City ranks third, behind Oxford and Reading in the PwC Good Growth for Cities Index, and is in the top 20% nationally for dynamism and opportunity, according to Grant Thornton's Vibrant Economy Index. In recent years, the City has also seen a higher increase in the number of businesses than the national average and a higher level of job density across the Hampshire region.

Situated in the middle of the south coast, Southampton provides easy access to the New Forest, to the beaches of Bournemouth, and to Salisbury, Portsmouth and Winchester. However, the City itself has so much to offer: two world-class universities; an Arts and Cultural Quarter energising the City Centre; a globally competititve marine and maritime sector; an abundance of coastal and green spaces with easy access to areas of outstanding natural beauty; and a thriving tech sector pushing the boundaries of connectivity between people, businesses and places.  Southampton also has a Premier League football club and an international cricket ground, and it hosts the second biggest ParkRun in the UK. These are just a few examples showing the scale of potential and ambition demonstrated in the City.

Southampton has the infrastructure to transform the lives and prospects of all, but we need talent to take it further.  The bedrock of a flourishing society is a high level of well being, where, in the words of New Economics Foundation, 'Citizens are happy, healthy, capable and engaged'. This aim requires harnessing the talent of everyone, and the City needs more talent to meet its current growth ambitions.  This is why the Southampton Education Forum is on the frontline, leading the way in redefining how education works across the City, optimising the growth potential of everyone that lives, studies and works in Southampton.  We are constantly in need of new talent to build on the groundbreaking work undertaken to date.

There are very few collaborative leadership models like the Southampton Education Forum, bringing together educational institutions, networks and leaders from secondary, special, further, higher education and local government to shape and develop future citizens who are equipped for the socioeconomic challenges of tomorrow.

(Source: Sajid Butt, Strategic Skills Manager, Southampton City Council: 2019)

A city of growth and opportunity where everyone thrives

Education in Southampton is thriving.  As a new teacher, you will have access to NQT/RQT support and subject networks to hone specialist pedagogies and provide subject specialist CPD; there are opportunities to attend Teachmeets to liaise with colleagues from other Southampton schools. There are even programmes to support your career development into middle and senior management.  We want you to grow and develop your career in Southampton. It really is a city of opportunity where everyone thrives. We would love you to join us. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to view current Southampton vacancies.