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Ark Project Healthcare
Thursday 6th June 2019

On Wednesday 5 June, students and their families from across the Ark network came together for the launch of Project Healthcare.
The programme aims to support sixth form students who are considering a career in healthcare to select the right course, secure quality volunteering, succeed in admissions tests/interviews, and get the grades they need to progress.
Students were joined by Ark alumni, healthcare apprentices and representatives from the NHS to hear about their experiences and learn more about the routes into medicine and healthcare.

Friday 24th May 2019

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has approved a proposal for a major new education and charity hub – paving the way for a scheme that will benefit thousands of children and young people for years to come in the White City area.
The EdCity development was brought forward by the education charity Ark and by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. When complete, it will provide shared office space for mission-aligned charities, as well as a primary school, a nursery, new youth facilities, an adult education centre and new affordable homes.
EdCity will create:

Ark Victoria Academy
Friday 17th May 2019

Students and staff at Ark Victoria are celebrating the school's recent rating of good by Ofsted. Inspectors were impressed by the progress the school has made since joining the network, commenting, "Leaders have managed the enormous change in the school’s structure very well. They have put in place strong systems that enable the school to function as one coherent unit despite the complexities of its size and physical layout." They also stated that "Children achieve well in the early years.

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Siân Maddrell will be joining Ark as the organisation’s new Secondary Regional Director for South London.
Siân is a successful school leader with more than 25 years’ experience. She is currently Headteacher of The Grey Coat Hospital, a post she has held for the last eight years. She is also Chair of the Westminster Heads Forum. She joins Ark in January.

Friday 5th April 2019

Manchester City and England international star footballer Raheem Sterling has arranged for 550 pupils from his old school in north London to attend the FA Cup semi-final between his side and Brighton at Wembley Stadium this weekend.
Students from Ark Elvin Academy in Wembley also got the opportunity to meet Sterling and thank him in person at City's training complex in Manchester on Thursday. 

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Ark students were celebrated at an inaugural award ceremony for the Helenswood and William Parker Sports and Arts bursaries.
The event was attended by Rt Hon Amber Rudd, who awarded the successful students with their bursaries. The afternoon was interspersed with music and dance performances from Ark Helenswood and Ark William Parker students, who showcased their talents for the audience. The schools have long-standing traditions of performing arts and sport, respectively.

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Ambition Institute, a new organisation dedicated to supporting teachers and school leaders to keep getting better, has launched.
A result of the merger between Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching, the new graduate school combines the mission focus of a charity, the academic rigour of a traditional university, and the essential classroom connection of a teaching school.

Ark Evelyn Grace Academy
Wednesday 6th March 2019

A team of three year 11 students from Ark Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south London, have won 'Best Innovative Product' in the TeenTech 2019 Awards, celebrating at Buckingham Palace. It was a double win for the school, as teacher Sumair Mohammed also won TeenTech's 'Teacher of the Year' award.

Friday 8th February 2019

English Mastery, a knowledge-rich, key stage three curriculum and teacher development programme, incubated by Ark Ventures, has been selected for a two-year Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) efficacy trial, it was announced today.
An earlier and smaller trial of English Mastery published last year by the Brilliant Club, concluded that, on average, students in schools that adopted the programme made four months more progress than similar students in similar schools that did not adopt the programme.

English Mastery
Wednesday 30th January 2019

“What is a knowledge-rich curriculum?”
This was the topic of a recent panel discussion hosted by English Mastery, featuring educators and curriculum design experts.
 John Blake, Ark’s Curriculum Design Lead, put forward the argument that a knowledge-rich curriculum was often misinterpreted as the memorisation of facts supported by rote learning.

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