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Friday 29th April 2016

Recently, teachers from across the country attended the latest in Ark's series of free CPD sessions, which are open to all teachers, on Life Beyond Levels and the link between elite sports and the classroom. In this blog, Ark Helenswood Academy Principal Lucy Monk reflects on the session - and what teachers can take from sports-style coaching.

Monday 25th April 2016

As Ark Lajpat Nagar’s first school year comes to a close, Principal Urmila Chowdhury reflects on the progress the students have made and the lessons learned along the way.
In just one year, our students have shown tremendous growth. When they first came to school, most had vocabulary levels which were much lower in comparison to children from affluent backgrounds. Many had never even played with toys, which is crucial for cognitive development. We had a lot of ground to cover in a short period of time.

Monday 25th April 2016

I was on a crowded bus headed home when I got the call. ‘We’re pleased to offer you…’ I was so happy I didn’t even hear the rest: I’d been offered a place in the second Frontline cohort.
I’d heard about Frontline, a new charity that recruits and develops social workers, from a friend’s mum. She’s a social worker and emailed me as soon as she saw the programme, saying, ‘you have to apply for this!’

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Lorraine Clarke is the Executive Principal of Ark's primary schools in Hastings: Ark Blacklands Primary Academy and Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy. Both schools joined the Ark network in 2013. Here she talks about what drew her into teaching from a succesful career in the police.

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Ffion Evans is a Lower Key Stage 2 Phase Leader at Ark Atwood Primary Academy in north Westminster. Last year she visited primary school Ark Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi, India on our Fellows programme and describes the experience as "life changing".  

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.