Job Description

Trainee Teacher

(Salaried & Tuition Fee)

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About the Role

Locations: London, Birmingham, South Coast
Salaried: £19,819 – 24,856
Bursaries: £15,000 – £27,000
Closing Date: Recruitment is on a rolling basis until places are full (early applications are advised)
Starting: September 2024

Join our 12th cohort on our ‘Outstanding’ (OFSTED, 2022) Teacher Training programme this September! Last year saw over 200 trainees join the programme and we are already looking forward to our next cohort, which you could be part of!

Person Specification

Key Responsibilities

To engage in daily professional development activities

To plan, resource and deliver lessons to the highest possible standard that ensure learning and progress of all pupils

To provide a nurturing classroom and academy environment that helps pupils to develop as learners

To help to establish/maintain discipline across the whole school

To contribute to the effective working of the school

Outcomes & Activities

Engage in daily professional development activities to develop appropriate knowledge and skills that enable you to:

  • Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  • Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  • Plan and teach well-structured lessons
  • Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  • Make accurate and productive use of assessment
  • Manage behaviour effectively to ensure an inclusive and safe learning environment
  • Fulfil wider professional responsibilities
  • By the end of your training year, to be able to exceed the minimum level of practice expected of teachers as defined in the Teachers’ Standards listed above, and to be able to demonstrate excellent practice in some of the standards for teaching

Ark Teacher Training Programme Structure

Independent teaching

Team teaching


Professional studies training

Subject-specific training

1:1 coaching and mentoring

Time built in to work on PGCE assignments (2 for the year)

Completing Your Training

At the end of your training year, you’ll have achieved:

  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

  • PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

After successfully completing your training year, you will then progress onto our highly supportive, tailored Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction programme. We will help you secure an ECT role at your training school or another school within the Ark network and guide you through your first few years of teaching – it is very rare for our trainees to leave the network after their training year. Even better, many of our trainees move into middle and senior leadership roles within the Ark network, thanks to the foundation they built during their training year with Ark Teacher Training.

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“99% of trainees feel their wellbeing is well supported by the Ark Teacher Training team.”
ATT Trainee Spring Survey, 2021

We are committed to providing high-quality professional learning for all our teachers, including our trainees. ATT trainees benefit from:

  • Our two-week summer school preparing you for teaching in September – here you will learn how to create a positive climate for learning and build your confidence
  • A dedicated ATT Tutor who will support you throughout the year
  • Continuous support throughout your training year and beyond, including an in-school coach and weekly training sessions
  • Being able to practice teaching strategies before entering the classroom with your coach/tutor on a one-to-one basis or in group training
  • An outstanding curriculum based on leading educational research and a unique focus on subject curriculum
  • A supportive network of tutors, experienced teachers, and trainees past and present

At Ark Teacher Training, we have a particular responsibility to advocate for diversity and inclusion in teacher training to make a positive difference to the lives of our pupils. We believe that inclusivity and representation of people, circumstances, identities, cultures, and ethnicities from all sections of society make us stronger as individuals and as an organisation.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We have therefore taken steps to address our own internal bias and consider how our recruitment practices are impacting diversity which you can find more information on here.

We welcome any candidate requests for reasonable adjustments to the selection process in order to ensure equal access to all candidates.

Most trainees, particularly recent graduates, train through the bursary route. These bursaries are set by the DfE by subject – for Maths, the bursary was £27,000 (tax-free) last year. You may be eligible for a scholarship instead and you can find more information for bursaries here.

Once you’re a qualified teacher, you will progress to the qualified teacher pay scale (£26,000 to £33,000 in your first qualified year) which increases each year after. Beyond this, there are a number of pathways you can take to increase your earnings beyond the yearly increase – for example taking on additional responsibilities in your department, pastorally, or wider school initiatives.

Person Specification: Trainee Teacher

To be eligible to teach in the UK you must:

  • Have a grade C/4 or above in Maths GCSE and English Language GCSE (or equivalent)
  • Hold (or will hold) an undergraduate bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) prior to beginning your Initial Teacher Training
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the programme (3 years – training year plus ECT induction)
  • Not currently hold Qualified Teacher Status
  • Primary trainees must also have a grade C/4 or above in Science GCSE (or equivalent)
  • Secondary trainees must have a degree or A level in the subject you wish to teach/a related subject
  • Ability to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct
  • An aptitude for teaching
  • High levels of literacy and numeracy
  • Ability to empathise and think strategically
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Evidence of a commitment to working with young people
  • Experience of overcoming challenges successfully
  • For secondary trainees, strong subject knowledge for the subject in which you wish to specialise as a teacher
  • High expectations of yourself and a strong belief in the potential of every child
  • Open to feedback and excited about ongoing professional development
  • Highly reflective and solutions-focused
  • Able to sustain energy, optimism and motivation in the face of pressure and setbacks
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all students
  • Willingness to undertake training
  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.