Ark Teacher Training


About Ark Teacher Training

Company HQ location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Other locations: Hastings, East Sussex;

Industry: Teaching & education

No of employees: 5000

Our company in a nutshell

Ark Teacher Training is part of Ark, an international education charity which aims to give every young person a great education and real choices in life. Ark Teacher Training exists to ensure all children, regardless of their background, have access to a high-quality education. We do this by recruiting bright, motivated graduates and training them to become great teachers in a school in our network.

We work mainly in areas of low income with a history of academic underachievement. According to the Department for Education, Ark makes the biggest difference in transforming the lives of disadvantaged students out of all the major academy networks.

In January 2017, our training was rated as ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. The report praised the programme, stating it offered “exceptionally tailored coaching and training… of the very highest standard.”

Our two-year programme incorporates gaining a PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status in the first year, with a comprehensive NQT programme in the second. All our trainees are supported through our rigorous programme by a strong network of experienced educators.

Most of our graduates stay teaching in our school and we would love you to do the same. With a network of over 35 schools in the UK and dedicated central team, there are a variety of opportunities for you to develop your career. Whatever your aspirations, we will support you throughout and provide you with plenty of opportunities to progress, and quickly.

Life at Ark Teacher Training for graduates

Ark Teacher Training is a two-year school based training programme. As a School Direct programme, you'll be based in the classroom from day one, but you won't be thrown in at the deep end. You'll receive 500 hours of face-to-face training, focusing on both theory and practice.

You’ll be based in your choice of one of our 35 schools across four regions in the UK; Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. There are a whole host of teaching options for you, from primary to physics, from music to maths.

In your first year, there are two main types of funding available to help with your training; salary and bursary. Regardless of which funding route you start on, in year two you'll be paid a salary like all other qualified teachers.

Company Values

Excellent teaching

A teacher affects a pupil's achievement more than any other factor. We work side-by-side with teaching staff, supporting them with training and development so that they can deliver excellent teaching. To make sure that no pupil is left behind, we've developed data management tools which help teachers to monitor progress - this shows when pupils, or indeed teaching staff, need extra support.

Depth before breadth

When children build firm foundations in English and maths, they find it easier to do well in other subjects too. That's why we prioritise depth in these subjects, giving our pupils the best chance of success.

High expectations

We believe that every child can achieve great things. So we set exceptionally high expectations for all our pupils, and we do whatever it takes to meet them. Our aspirations are no lower for our most vulnerable pupils.

Exemplary behaviour

Our schools are characterised by a respectful and orderly environment, where teachers can focus on teaching and pupils can focus on learning. We teach, recognise and reinforce good behaviour, and we don't tolerate poor behaviour. We don't accept any excuses, and we don't make any either.

More time for learning

To make sure children have enough time both for core subjects and for extra-curricular activities, many of our schools run a longer school day. Others are open at weekends and during school holidays, offering masterclasses and revision sessions. Many Ark schools offer residential stays, day trips and summer schools. In every school, no time is wasted - every hour of every day is devoted to children learning.


Support from a network of education experts, a dedicated tutor and fellow trainees in your school and across the programme

An in-school coach who you will work with you every week to plan lessons, observe your teaching and offer immediate tailored feedback

Two-week summer school to introduce you to the programme and the principles of great teaching

Weekly training sessions with your fellow trainees focusing on a key part of your teaching such as behaviour management or curriculum

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