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Thursday 6th October 2016

Richard Welsh is a Year Two teacher at Ark Conway Primary Academy, who graduated from the Ark Teacher Training programme in 2014. He has recently returned from a two-week visit to South Africa as part of the Ark Global Teaching Fellowship.

Teachers testing comparative judgement
Monday 3rd October 2016

Comparative judgement is an approach where teachers are presented with pairs of student work. They are asked to choose which of the two is better.
After several teachers’ judgements are made, an algorithm uses these judgements to provide a score for each student. Ark is piloting this approach with the help of Dr Christopher Wheadon, the founder of No More Marking, an online comparative judgement engine.

Ark Academy - enrichment
Wednesday 28th September 2016

In the first of our new series of blogs from teachers across the Ark network, we hear from Tom Sawbridge, Assistant Principal at Ark Academy. Here, Tom discusses building character amongst sixth formers using a tool of his own design, the Ark Diploma.
I’m Tom Sawbridge, Assistant Principal (Sixth Form) at Ark Academy in Wembley, West London. When I joined in September 2015, I was put in charge of the personal development of our post-16 pupils.

Daisyu Christodoulou
Monday 19th September 2016

Daisy Christodoulou, Head of Assessment at Ark, explains the new GCSE accountability measures and what they mean for schools.
As of summer 2016, schools in England are being judged by four new accountability measures.

Thursday 1st September 2016

Ark’s Education Partnerships Group is currently advising the Liberian government on the design and implementation of an ambitious new education programme called Partnership Schools for Liberia. 

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.