David Gould, the recently retired Principal of Ark St Alban’s Academy, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to education.
In a career spanning nearly five decades, David has taught in schools across the West Midlands, and since 2005 was Principal of Ark St Alban’s Academy – a school that he transformed from one of the worst performing in the country, to one of the best.
“Ark Teacher Training has made a strong contribution to the supply of outstanding teachers.” Ofsted, January 2017
Ark Teacher Training, a programme established by education charity, Ark, to bring the brightest recent graduates and career switchers into the profession, has today been declared ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted within just two and a half years.
Research has shown that an ineffective voice can produce disaffection among students in the classroom. In her blog, Alexandra Charalambous, a voice specialist, lecturer and teacher trainer, takes us through a vocal warm-up for teachers and focuses on the clarity, tone and pitch of the voice.
In the run-up to Teach 2017, our free conference open to all teachers, we will be sharing a series of blogs written by speakers appearing on the day to give you a taster of their sessions. Book your free place now. The first is from Neil Charlton-Jones, co-founder of SchoolCal, a parental engagement solution used by schools to easily keep parents in the loop with school activities.
Ark Blacklands in Hastings is today celebrating its Ofsted report, which has graded the primary school as ‘outstanding’ in all categories. The school was previously deemed as requiring 'special measures' before it joined the Ark network in 2014.
National Ofsted data shows that of nearly 4,400 schools currently rated as 'outstanding', only 11 have managed to achieve this result despite an 'inadequate' grading at their previous inspection.
On 22 November two Ark-incubated charities, Teaching Leaders and The Future Leaders Trust, merged to form Ambition School Leadership. The two organisations had announced their intention to join forces in June, bringing together 18 years’ combined success of developing leaders in schools throughout the country.
Ark Kings rated ‘good’ by Ofsted
Ark Kings Academy is celebrating a positive Ofsted inspection.
The school, in the Kings Norton area of Birmingham, has been judged ‘good’ in every area. Ark Kings is led by Principal Roger Punton, whose leadership and management style was praised by inspectors as being “totally inclusive and committed to the achievement of the pupils in his care”.
A BBC Two documentary due to air Sunday 13 November at 9pm examines the differences in life chances between black and white children in 21st century Britain. The BBC visited Ark Globe Academy in South London as part of their filming and features Principal Matt Jones.