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Teachers who joined Chalk Walk 2015
Tuesday 17th November 2015

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.

Wednesday 11th November 2015

‘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.’

Friday 6th November 2015

Claire Hickling is a teacher from Ark Academy in Wembley. Recently she was selected as part of the Ark Global Teaching Fellowship Programme and spent two weeks in Uganda, sharing her expertise with one of Ark’s partners, PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools).  

Monday 12th October 2015

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?

Tuesday 6th October 2015

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
Monday 5th October 2015

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.

Ark India classroom
Friday 14th August 2015

In this blog post, Urmila Chowdhury, the Principal of Ark's new primary school in India reflects on the challenges and triumphs from the school’s opening month:

Thursday 28th May 2015

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. 

Sunday 17th May 2015

May is a hectic time for teachers. Not only are they preparing students for end of year exams, it's also one of the busiest times of the year for recruitment, as teachers seek to explore their career options. 

Friday 20th February 2015

Guy Rimmer is an English teacher from Ark’s King Solomon Academy. He was selected as part of the Ark Global Teaching Fellowship Programme and spent two weeks in South Africa this summer, sharing knowledge with Ark partner organisation SPARK Schools.  He has written a blog about his experiences, and his thoughts on how to improve schools in the developing world: