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Romanian orphanage
Wednesday 6th April 2022

In 2022, Ark celebrates its 20th anniversary.
This year, we’re continuing to highlight stories from our history of helping children, both in the UK and around the world.
One of the first projects that Ark supported was closing down state-run orphanages in Romania, in partnership with Hope and Homes for Children.
In this short video, we look back at how we helped to end the large-scale institutional care of children.

Oak National Academy
Wednesday 6th April 2022

With Oak National Academy now set to become an independent, publicly owned, arms-length body, we look back at Ark’s involvement in Oak and revisit the experience of contributing lessons.
Ark provided major support to Oak during the pandemic to support teachers and students around the country while schools were off limits.
Ark Curriculum Plus contributed 1063 primary maths, 432 secondary maths and 10 primary history lessons, with teachers from Ark’s schools presenting the lesson content.

Johanna Klinsky
Wednesday 6th April 2022

Literacy is fundamental to achieving your full potential, and literacy levels can impact earnings, health and even life expectancy. Being literate is a human right, and we are determined to secure this for all our children.
We spoke with Johanna Klinsky, Director of Teacher Development who’s also leading on our network reading strategy, about her journey into teaching and Ark and about our three-year reading strategy to improve our children’s ability to read at their chronological age. This is the latest in our #ArkPeople series.
Journey into teaching

Zimbabwe – training
Thursday 10th March 2022

In 2022, Ark celebrates its 20th year. We’re using this anniversary as an opportunity to highlight stories from our history of helping children in the UK and around the world. 
Did you know, for example, that some of Ark's earliest work was in international healthcare?
 
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One of Ark's first projects was tackling HIV in South Africa.

Ark Tindal's Shima Sinha
Wednesday 9th March 2022

Ark Tindal Primary Academy in Birmingham was recently awarded a Silver Quality Mark by the Historical Association (HA), recognising their excellent history provision. The Association said: “The subject leadership is outstanding” and praised the subject lead who had “strengthened the subject immeasurably” and was described as “a guiding light”. The report was referring to Shima Sinha, and we spoke with her about her love of History.

Mesme
Tuesday 8th February 2022

 
One of our newest ventures is MESME (Mathematics Education for Social Mobility and Excellence), which exists to support students from all backgrounds to achieve mathematical excellence so that they go on to have a greater and richer range of future personal, employment and economic choices. 

Ark20 logo
Tuesday 8th February 2022

In 2022, Ark celebrates its 20th year. We’re using this anniversary as an opportunity to tell our story – where we’ve come from, and where we’re going in the future.
Ark has a diverse history of helping children, both in the UK and worldwide. We’ve dug through some of our archive footage, to show some of the varied work Ark has taken part in over the years, and to announce our 20-year celebration.

Monday 7th February 2022

At Ark, our mission is to help students reach their potential and we’re committed to helping young people into employment through as many career paths as possible.
Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to gain real-life experience and a chance for young people to apply what they are learning while getting paid. For employers, apprenticeships allow them to grow their talent in-house while offering practical experience alongside an education. 

Ark Music
Wednesday 2nd February 2022

Margaret O’Shea, Head of Creative and Extended Curriculum at Ark Schools, spoke at the Music Teachers Association event on Music in Multi-Academy Trusts on Thursday 3 February, 2022. Here, she tells us about the five ingredients that have helped make Ark Music such a success.
 

Science Mastery
Tuesday 11th January 2022

Shauna O'Brien, Head of Secondary Science Mastery, shares some exciting news as Ark Curriculum Plus expands its programmes.  
Ark Curriculum Plus is a non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming education in the UK. 
Our mission is student success through empowered teaching. We believe that every student can succeed, and that the teacher makes a difference. We have created multiple complete curriculum programmes over the past ten years to ensure teachers have the required resources and subject knowledge. 

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