Ark Teacher Training is a school-led teacher training programme known as School Direct. The School Direct programme is suitable for both recent graduates and career changers. Two main types of funding are available for Ark Teacher Training via School Direct: bursaries for recent graduates and salaries for career changers.
As a School Direct trainee, you will complete your training in a school of your choice, whilst also gaining experience in other schools during your training. You will be in the classroom from day one, but we won’t throw you in at the deep end. You’ll receive 500 hours of face-to-face training, focusing on both theory and practice, as well as support from in-school coaches, a dedicated tutor and education experts throughout your training.
Unsure if School Direct is right for you? Hear from our trainees…
“I knew that my strength and comfort was in university life. What I really needed, was lots and lots of practice at teaching. Being fully immersed in life at Ark Conway has been a great decision!” – Stephen Rodwell, primary trainee, Ark Conway Primary Academy.
“The availability of the salaried route through School Direct made my career change from journalist to teacher possible, otherwise it wouldn’t have added up financially.” – Chris Gray, primary NQT and former Ark Teacher Training trainee, Ark Oval Primary Academy.
“I chose the School Direct route because I wanted to be embedded in a school and gain a more realistic perspective on teaching life. It seemed like a practical route with a lot of support. There are a lot of benefits including: getting to know the school and pupils really well, being supported by many people but in particular my coach and also the weekly training sessions where we can combine theory and practice.” – Kate Henney, English trainee and recent graduate, Burlington Danes Academy.
“I was looking for the route into teaching that would give me the best training possible. Initially I wasn’t sure what the best route for me would be, but as I found out more about School Direct and Ark Teacher Training, I made up my mind. I’m very happy I did because now, I can’t imagine a better way to train.” – Tom Ding, maths teacher and former Ark Teacher Training trainee, Ark Academy.
“School Direct was right for me because I’d already been to university and felt very secure in my subject knowledge so was eager to get as much experience in the classroom as quickly as possible. However, my aim was to become an outstanding teacher and to do this you also need to look deeply into the pedagogy of great teaching practice. School Direct perfectly balances the theory and practical sides to the training so that, in my opinion, you’re able to progress at the optimum rate. For example, during my training year I was in the classroom 5 days per week but with Thursday afternoons ring-fenced for a training session. This was invaluable in helping me work through any challenges I had in the classroom while still giving me plenty of time to put everything into practice in school.” – Brett Johal, English teacher and former Ark Teacher Training trainee, Ark Globe Academy.
“I liked the idea of becoming an important part of a school, not just a short-term figure. The relationships I have built with parents and families have been really valuable and the School Direct route helped support that.” – James Merel, primary trainee, Ark Academy.
“I chose the School Direct route because I wanted to get into the classroom as quickly as possible. I also wanted to train with Ark, as I was really impressed with them.” – Vicky Cartwright, English trainee and career changer, Ark All Saints Academy.
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