Ark gets green light to train new generation of teachers

The Ark Teacher Training Programme today received approval to deliver its own training to aspiring teachers. Ark’s academies will join the 77 schools in England already approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership to deliver initial teacher training to a new generation of young educators.

Chief Executive of the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Charlie Taylor said:  “Ark Schools is one of the most successful academy networks in the country and I am delighted it has decided to develop its own training programmes to grow the next generation of outstanding teachers.”

Working in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, ARK Teacher Training will offer trainees the best possible school-led training enhanced by university input, support and academic accreditation.

Dr John Moss, Dean of the Faculty of Education, said:  "Canterbury Christ Church University is very pleased to be working as ARK's partner on its School Direct programme, following its recent accreditation. Our shared vision is about developing outstanding teachers who, with strong support and challenge, make an impact on pupil learning and attainment as soon as they enter the classroom."

This September, Ark welcomed 53 trainees through its School Direct programme, and had 20 applications for every place offered.

Chief Executive of Ark Lucy Heller said: “I am delighted that ARK has been officially accredited to provide teacher training. This will enable us to develop a pipeline of exceptional teaching talent into our schools. Attracting more ambitious and bright graduates and career switchers will drive up standards for pupils, building on our success from School Direct to date.”

Aimed at bright graduates with a UK degree or equivalent, every recruit must have at least a grade C in GCSE English and maths.  Training will be provided not just by teachers in that school, but from those in the wider network. Ark recruits will have training and feedback, using practical tips and techniques such as video. 

The learning process doesn’t just end with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Ark staff have twice the standard number of training days and recruits can continue their training and academic study, with the opportunity of a part-time subsidised MA.

Find out more about Arkk's Teacher Training Programme.