Lucy Heller, the Chief Executive of Ark, has been profiled in the Tes this week.
Lucy was interviewed by Will Hazell, who talked to her about the cuts in education funding, improving the gender balance among MAT leaders and staff and standing up to selection.
On the latter she comments, “If you want to get a measure of a society, it’s not, in a way, what it does for the brightest, for the most able – it’s how it treats its most disadvantaged.”
Ark Oval Primary Academy in East Croydon this week celebrated the opening of its brand new teaching building. The event was attended by the Mayor of Croydon, Toni Letts OBE, local councillors, school governors and senior leaders.
The Key Stage 2 choir opened the proceedings, followed by heartfelt speeches from the head girl and head boy, Rym and Joshua.
Alexandra Charalambous is a voice specialist, lecturer and teacher trainer. She recently led a practical workshop at Ark's Teach 2017 conference, which explored how the voice works.
Research has shown that an ineffective voice can produce disaffection amongst sections of pupils. In the short film below, Alexandra offers practical tips on how to best use your voice in the classroom to engage students of all ages.
Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy in Hastings is celebrating its Ofsted report, which has graded the school as good with outstanding features. The school was previously deemed as requiring 'special measures' before it joined the Ark network in 2014.
The effectiveness of leadership and management at Ark Little Ridge was graded as outstanding, with Ofsted inspectors saying, "Leadership in the school is inspirational" and "the school has improved markedly since it opened."
Bradley Busch is an HCPC registered Psychologist. He is a partner at InnerDrive, developing student mindsets in schools and designing and delivering teacher CPD. Bradley has become one of the leading experts on how psychological research can best help students and teachers. He writes regularly for The Guardian and works with Premiership footballers and athletes from Team GB.
Performing a range of pieces, from Beethoven movements to Michael Jackson pop songs, nearly 100 Ark students gathered together recently for a three-day residential music programme.
Ten Ark schools participated in the event, which brought together singers from Ark’s "Spark" mass choir and instrumentalists from Ark’s "Fusion" ensemble.