Newport County in the Community Fit and Fed June 2022

Portal Training was delighted to sponsor County in the Community’s “Fit and Fed” half term event on Monday, 30th May.

The event, which was held at Lliswerry Pond, Newport, attracted 36 young people from 5 schools, for a day of fun, physical activity and a healthy lunch



We are incredibly excited to announce that Portal Training was chosen as the winner of The Small Business Award at The Investors in People Awards 2021.

The UK-wide awards, which were launched 8 years ago, saw the highest number of entries this year since the awards began!

Whilst politicians and others desperately try to convince everyone that schools are back to normal, the reality is very different. They are back to the new normal.

One headteacher I know had planned a day of activities designed to lead to the creation of a school vision in which all staff felt fully engaged, only to be hit with a Covid ‘local decision-making framework’, the ‘hierarchy of controls’ and ‘updated operational guidance’ - resulting in the fact that she could not have all the staff in one hall and needed to replan to do it virtually. There are many benefits to the increased use of online meetings as a result of Covid, but let’s not fall into the trap of ignoring the limitations. For full engagement in the forming of a new school vision, ideally the staff needed to be in the same room.

In my work with schools, I increasingly see lesson observation used for accountability purposes in a way that leave teachers feeling as if the observer intent is to ‘catch them out’ as opposed to ‘catch them being good.’

Whilst sharing the focus of the lesson observation is routine, far less often do I see lesson observation being used as a mechanism through which to develop teaching.

If the observation focus is both shared and explored with teachers ahead of the lesson observations taking place, the whole tone and perception of observations can change. The use of endless tick boxes to judge lessons can lead to teaching by numbers. It fails to understand the craft of teaching.  It does not alone improve teaching.

Press pic Natalie Morgan 31 landNatalie Morgan’s life-changing decision to return to Wales to pursue a career in sport with Welsh Gymnastics, after working within the performing arts sector for several years, has paid rich dividends. 

Natalie, 33, from Penarth, was named Higher Apprentice of the Year when winners of the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021 were announced at a virtual ceremony on June 17.

She successfully completed a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) in Leadership and Management with Cardiff-based Portal Training and has now progressed to Level 5.