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Nature vs. nurture debate
Wednesday 17th October 2018

Research has shown that the quality of a teacher is the most important factor in a student’s achievement, more than school leadership, prior attainment or any other variable.
If teachers are so important to a student’s success and recruiting and training more teachers is a national priority, why is it that we know so little about what makes one person more likely to become a successful teacher and stay in the profession versus another?

Ark new schools
Wednesday 5th September 2018

This September Ark is welcoming three schools in South and West London to the network, bringing our total number of schools to 38 across Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth.
Ark Acton Academy (previously Acton High School) is a six-form entry secondary school and sixth form in Acton, West London. Ark Acton will benefit from links with the proposed nearby secondary school Ark Soane Academy, due to open in 2020.

Ark All Saints Academy
Thursday 23rd August 2018

Despite a big shake-up to GCSE grades, Ark students across the network were celebrating some great results this Thursday 23 August.
Read on to hear stories from some of our students.
 
Tanisha and Zayd Addicott

Ark Walworth Academy
Thursday 16th August 2018

Ark sixth form students and staff were celebrating A level results across the network this morning. In Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth, our schools opened their doors to welcome students eager to find out whether they had made it into their chosen university or apprenticeship course.
Here's just a handful of the great stories from across our sixth forms.
 
Hussain Khalil and Nuseyba Abdiduh 

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Ark is pleased to announce that John Blake will be joining the organisation as Curriculum Design Lead. He will also take on the role of Director of Strategy and Policy for Now Teach, the Ark-incubated venture working to encourage experienced professionals to retrain as teachers.
John is an experienced educator who has been a schoolteacher, and a senior school leader. He was a prominent activist in the National Union of Teachers and founder of the grassroots network “Labour Teachers.”

Friday 6th July 2018

A group of year 3 and year 5 students from Ark Swift Academy in west London were recently treated to an American football training session, featuring coaches and a star from the National Football League (NFL).  Hosted by professional team the Jacksonville Jaguars, the event was filmed as part of a documentary on American Football presented by Vernon Kay.

Wednesday 20th June 2018

This week marks the launch of English Mastery, an Ark venture aimed at transforming the way English is taught in classrooms in the UK.

Summer Sounds - Ark Music Festival
Monday 11th June 2018

Young musicians from Ark schools across England will band together for the first ever Summer Sounds Music Festival, celebrating music-making across the network. The event takes place at Ark Swift Primary Academy, on the soon to be developed EdCity site in West London, on Saturday 23 June 2018. 

Ark Helenswood Academy
Thursday 24th May 2018

Ark Helenswood Academy in Hastings is today celebrating its Ofsted report, which has graded the secondary school as good after its recent inspection. The school was previously deemed as requires improvement. 
The Ofsted inspectors said: ‘Senior leaders, governors and members of the Ark schools multi-academy trust have worked with dedication to rapidly improve the school. Together they are committed to the school’s continued improvement.’

Friday 4th May 2018

Last week, educators, investors, funders and representatives of 32 school networks around the globe gathered in Zurich, Switzerland for the third annual meeting of the Global Schools Forum.
The three-day event brought together school networks from 19 different countries – along with organisations interested in supporting their work – to take part in training, network with peers, and learn from each other.

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