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.
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.
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.
‘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.’
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?
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.
Katrien Snyman is a teacher at Ark Little Ridge, a primary school in Hastings. Originally from South Africa, she moved to the UK nearly a decade ago and started teaching again. To mark World Teachers Day, she shares her story.
Later this year, Ark will be opening a new primary school in India, the first of several planned for impoverished neighbourhoods in South Delhi over the next five years. Ankita Dubey is an Ark project manager. In this blog, she discusses growing up in India, and how she is searching for teachers like those who inspired her early in her life.