Secondary education is crucial in giving children real choices about their future.  It’s where they develop an understanding of and interest in particular subjects. It’s your chance to make them as passionate about your subject as you are.  That’s why we’re looking for the best and brightest candidates to do their secondary training year with Ark Teacher Training. We’ll provide you with the highest-quality training, and support you every step of the way. Secondary trainees will work with pupils between 11-16 years.

At the end of the first year, you’ll receive a university-accredited PGCE, Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Master’s credits (a third of the credits needed for the full qualification) before progressing onto an NQT development programme in year two.

Your training year will consist of:

  • School orientation experience

    Before your course starts, you will spend time meeting your new colleagues, interacting with pupils and really getting to know your school so that you can hit the ground running in September.

  • Summer School

    Summer School is the perfect start to your training programme. All new trainees come together over two weeks in a school for an introduction to the programme, and the principles of great teaching. Together, you will start to learn the theory of teaching and practise techniques to get you ready for the start of school.

  • A wealth of support

    You’ll have a main tutor who oversees your training, access to education experts at Ark Teacher Training, and in-school staff dedicated to your development – including your coach who supports you on a daily basis. This is not to mention the other trainees alongside you in your school and throughout the Ark Teacher Training network, who will support you and share the experience with you.

  • Weekly coaching

    Every week you’ll be observed and have a feedback session with your coach. They will work with you to identify a targeted, bite-sized change in your practice that will help you improve most the following week. For example, one week it could be changing the way you greet students at the door.

  • Weekly co-planning

    You will work with a great teacher to plan your lessons – someone who has lots of experience teaching your subject. This means you’ll have the opportunity to ask all the detailed questions you may have about how to teach specific elements of your subject’s curriculum.

  • Weekly training sessions

    Every week you’ll come together with your fellow secondary trainees for face-to-face training with your Ark Teacher Training tutor. Sometimes these sessions will focus on how to teach your subject and sometimes they will focus on broader areas like dealing with behaviour or assessment. All training combines strong theoretical foundations with practising key techniques – so you’ll be able to test them out with peers before trying them in your class.

  • Classroom teaching

    You’ll be in the classroom from day one meaning you can start having an impact straight away, with plenty of support. In fact, you’ll teach at least 120 lessons alongside an outstanding teacher. As you start the programme, you’ll team-teach with your coach, taking on responsibility as the year progresses, such as independently teaching some subjects. By the end of the first year, you’ll be teaching the whole curriculum to your class.

  • Contrasting school experience

    Seeing other schools is crucial to succeeding in your own. Over the first year you will spend time in three different schools: you will swap with a fellow trainee in another partner school, you will spend time observing a school outside the Ark Teacher Training network, and you will spend time in a school in a completely different context to your own. These schools help you develop as a teacher by showing you how other schools work, and what makes yours unique.

  • Newly Qualified Teacher programme

    In year two, our highly supportive, tailored NQT programme will guide you through your first full year of teaching. As well as continuing with weekly coaching and co-planning, you’ll also have access to an online learning platform, three network-wide conferences and monthly regional workshops.

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