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Wednesday 31st August 2016

Tom Ding is a Maths Teacher at Ark Academy in Wembley, and a graduate of the Ark Teacher Training programme. Recently he spent two weeks in Uganda as part of the Ark Fellows programme.

Thursday 30th June 2016

Computing at School and Barefoot Computing reveal ways that primary school teachers can include the new national curriculum for computing into their lesson plans, and platforms to use depending on a child’s key stage.

Monday 20th June 2016

In this blog posting, Ark's Head of Early Years Development, Jodie Reed, warns that government policy changes designed to help working families could have the unintended consequence of making quality early years education less available to disadvantaged communities.  

Friday 13th May 2016

Since July 2015, Ark has been working with Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust to operate a school in Lajpat Nagar III, Delhi.

Lajpat Nagar is located on a non-descript street, situated between five low-income communities. It is a government school run in partnership by Ark and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, serving a mixture of Hindi, Bengali and Tamil-speaking families. 

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

This week, teachers from across the country will be at Ark St Alban's Academy, discussing the change to 'no-coursework' GCSEs as part of Ark's free CPD workshop on the topic. The workshops, which are open to all teachers regardless of whether they work in an Ark school, will see teachers hear from expert speakers on the changes - including Mark Critchard, Ark's Network Lead for Maths.
In this blog, Mark considers the implications of a linear curriculum - and suggests 6 points for how to tackle the changes.

Friday 29th April 2016

Recently, teachers from across the country attended the latest in Ark's series of free CPD sessions, which are open to all teachers, on Life Beyond Levels and the link between elite sports and the classroom. In this blog, Ark Helenswood Academy Principal Lucy Monk reflects on the session - and what teachers can take from sports-style coaching.

Monday 25th April 2016

As Ark Lajpat Nagar’s first school year comes to a close, Principal Urmila Chowdhury reflects on the progress the students have made and the lessons learned along the way.
In just one year, our students have shown tremendous growth. When they first came to school, most had vocabulary levels which were much lower in comparison to children from affluent backgrounds. Many had never even played with toys, which is crucial for cognitive development. We had a lot of ground to cover in a short period of time.

Monday 25th April 2016

I was on a crowded bus headed home when I got the call. ‘We’re pleased to offer you…’ I was so happy I didn’t even hear the rest: I’d been offered a place in the second Frontline cohort.
I’d heard about Frontline, a new charity that recruits and develops social workers, from a friend’s mum. She’s a social worker and emailed me as soon as she saw the programme, saying, ‘you have to apply for this!’

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Lorraine Clarke is the Executive Principal of Ark's primary schools in Hastings: Ark Blacklands Primary Academy and Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy. Both schools joined the Ark network in 2013. Here she talks about what drew her into teaching from a succesful career in the police.

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Ffion Evans is a Lower Key Stage 2 Phase Leader at Ark Atwood Primary Academy in north Westminster. Last year she visited primary school Ark Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi, India on our Fellows programme and describes the experience as "life changing".