“Ark Teacher Training has made a strong contribution to the supply of outstanding teachers.” Ofsted, January 2017
We are delighted to announce that Ark Teacher Training has today been declared ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted within just two and a half years.
Ofsted observed our commitment to personalised training and development through coaching, stating that the programme offered “exceptionally tailored coaching and training… of the very highest standard”.
Our team has spent years finding what works in classrooms across the globe – including utilising Ark’s ten years of experience running some of the best schools in the country and looking at the worlds of sport, dance and medicine to find out how the best go from good to great and have taken this into the classroom.
Features of Ark Teacher Training coaching include:
- Rehearsing lessons and parts of lessons – where the trainee and coach work together to practice delivery, anticipate potential misconceptions and difficulties, and plan to overcome them
- Real-time coaching – with a coach observing a lesson and providing feedback on a small part of the practice – allowing trainees to then make instant changes and evaluate its success
Marie Hamer, Head of Ark Teacher Training says “Teaching is a science and an art and a sport and a dance…We spend time studying what helps an athlete achieve gold and how football managers can take a team from good to great. What they all have in common is their focus on practice and precision. At Ark Teacher Training we look at the big picture but know that every painting is only as good as the individual brush strokes that make it. We ask our students to have the highest standards and expectations. And we hold ourselves in the same regard. Today’s Ofsted judgement is a reflection of that and is testament to all of the hard work and dedication of our tutors and our trainees, coaches and all of the staff in all of our schools who, on a daily basis, go above and beyond to ensure the very best for our young people.”
A big part of our recruitment and selection process is finding those that believe passionately in the power of education to transform lives. Our eligibility criteria and rigorous assessment process helps to ensure a high retention rate during the training year and subsequently. Since launching, Ark Teacher Training has trained 120 new teachers and last year, 100 per cent of programme graduates succeeded in securing a teaching role.
Our trainees work predominantly in areas of economic disadvantage and historic educational underachievement and Ofsted praised them for being “expert at reducing differences in learning and progress between groups of pupils.” They also recognised the quality of teaching of the trainees saying “[their] steely determination helps to ensure their pupils make the same or better progress as pupils being taught by experienced teachers in the same school.”
Ofsted’s primary recommendation is that Ark “more widely share their exemplary teacher training”. Plans are currently underway to extend the programme to other areas of high need such as Bradford and Manchester in September 2017. Now Teach, an initiative led by FT Journalist, Lucy Kellaway to encourage more career switchers into the profession will be part of this, with their cohort receiving training and support from the Ark Teacher Training team.
Read the full report here – Ark Teacher Training Ofsted Report January 2017