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Thursday 11th February 2016

Aoife O'Donnell is a reception teacher from Ark John Keats in Enfield. Last summer she spent two weeks in India as part of the Ark Global Teaching Fellowship Programme, sharing her expertise with our first primary school in India, Ark Lajpat Nagar.
I arrived in India with limited knowledge of the education system. I expected overcrowded classrooms with few resources and I was sceptical of the quality of education that could be provided in these circumstances. I was hopeful however that Ark Lajpat Nagar would present an alternative education for India’s poorest children.

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

It has already been praised as Outstanding by Ofsted and one of the best schools in the country for value-add by CentreForum, but for teachers at the school, Ark St Alban’s Academy in Birmingham means something more – a welcoming and community.

Uganda school
Thursday 17th December 2015

Phil Elks is International Education Manager for Ark. Formerly head of secondary school accountability at the Department for Education in the UK, in this blog, he talks about the programme he is running to measure educational progress in Ugandan schools. 

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Bryony Hackett-Evans is a first-year trainee teacher at Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, a primary school in Hastings. A Sussex local, Bryony writes about how her first term of teaching has gone - and how Hastings' countryside and cultural scene has made her feel at home.
I moved to Hastings just a few months ago to take up my first teaching job as a Reception teacher. I grew up in Chichester, so Hastings really appealed because it it’s on the coast and has an independent, artsy vibe.

Monday 23rd November 2015

Nestled in the heart of Brixton, Evelyn Grace Academy is a new, purpose-built secondary school. The school, which is just a few minutes’ walk from Brixton’s famous market, is already making waves in the local community thanks to its award-winning buildings, cutting-edge facilities and track record of giving great opportunities to its students.

Teachers who joined Chalk Walk 2015
Tuesday 17th November 2015

STIR Education, a member of the Ark family, is building the largest independent professional movement for teachers across the developing world. The aim is to motivate and empower teachers to become skilful practitioners who impact student learning. 
In India, the 2014 national assessments determined that 47% of children in Grade 5 could not read a Grade 2 text. This was a national scandal. Many blamed India’s teachers.

Wednesday 11th November 2015

‘I must have been crazy!’ Dr. Roma Chilengi says as he reflects on his decision in 2011 to return to Zambia and lead the newly launched Programme for the Awareness and Elimination of Diarrhoea (PAED). ‘I was giving up an interesting and rewarding position with Oxford University at the Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya as Head of Clinical Trials. But I decided to take up this new post because of a combination of the potential to have an impact and the opportunity to go back home to make a contribution.’

Friday 6th November 2015

Claire Hickling is a teacher from Ark Academy in Wembley. Recently she was selected as part of the Ark Global Teaching Fellowship Programme and spent two weeks in Uganda, sharing her expertise with one of Ark’s partners, PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools).  

Monday 12th October 2015

Since it was first published in 2010, Doug Lemov’s “Teach Like a Champion” has become one of the ‘must-read’ texts for teachers looking to improve their technique and realise their students’ full potential. Recently, Doug and his colleagues from Uncommon Schools, a network of high-performing schools in the United States, ran intensive workshops at Ark All Saints for teachers, including those in the Ark network. We caught up with Doug to ask for his top tips for new teachers.
What do you think is the most common problem new teachers run into?

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Phil Perkins teaches business studies at Ark Burlington Danes Academy in west London. He’s a graduate of Bournemouth University and the Ark Teacher Training programme. He’s also dyslexic. Undiagnosed for many years, he struggled not only in his studies, but even just to stay in school. For National Dyslexia Week, he shared with us some thoughts on his struggles and how he works to help his students avoid mistakes he made himself.