Make a real difference where it matters most

Great teaching transforms lives.

Ark Teacher Training is an ‘Outstanding’ two-year Initial Teacher Training programme that allows graduates and career changers to learn from some of the best teachers and leaders in the profession. We work mainly in areas of low income with a history of academic underachievement, because we believe that every child regardless of their background deserves to have access to a great education. 

“Ark Teacher Training has made a strong contribution to the supply of outstanding teachers” – Ofsted, January 2017.  

Unlike a university-based PGCE, you will be based in a school of your choice from day one, having an impact straight away. You’ll spend the whole academic year with your students watching them progress, as well as seeing your own development. The programme provides the perfect balance of theory and practice, which is why Ofsted recognises us as ‘Outstanding in all areas’ (Ofsted: 2017). 

Our schools are in: 

What you’ll receive:
You’ll have a dedicated tutor overseeing every aspect of your training, your very own coach offering advice and support, in-school staff dedicated to your development, access to education experts across the network and continuous support and guidance to build your confidence in managing a classroom and controlling behaviour. 

What you’ll achieve: 
At the end of you first year, you’ll have achieved the following:

  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) 
  • PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education) in your chosen teaching subject 
  • 60 credits towards a Master’s degree 

Most importantly, you’ll have made a tangible difference in transforming the lives of disadvantaged students (Department for Education). 

How to apply?
You can apply to Ark Teacher Training through our website, or through the UCAS Teacher Training portal. Find out more about our application process. 

“"The training provides trainees with a clear moral purpose, that all pupils can succeed and no-one is left behind. They demonstrate an unwavering belief that all children can succeed regardless of their background or starting point."”

Ofsted'Outstanding' in all areas, January 2017

“Ark is one of the most successful academy networks in the country and I am delighted it has decided to develop its own training programmes to grow the next generation of outstanding teachers.”

Charlie TaylorChief Executive of the National College of Teaching and Leadership

Help every child to succeed

We want every child to succeed, so we operate beyond the confines of our own schools to share models that work, to strengthen and improve education. Our partners have been developing new teaching and learning techniques and programmes, discovering what works, before rolling them out more widely.

Innovative programmes linked with Ark Teacher Training include:

  • Mathematics Mastery – an innovative teaching framework supporting schools, teachers and students to be successful at maths.
  • Ambition School Leadership – providing headteacher and school leadership development for middle and senior leaders. 
  • Frontline – transforming the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.

Our partners also work internationally, supporting governments in India, Kenya and South Africa to create the environment for their schools to flourish.