Graduate scheme

West Midlands


The work you are doing is meaningful and directly impacts the future of the kids in your responsibility, and let me tell you, that’s one of the best feelings in the world.” Kwaku, Maths trainee

Who are we?

Ark Teacher Training is an ‘Outstanding’ teacher training programme offering the perfect mixture of theory and classroom practice to develop you into the best teacher you can be. We believe that every child, regardless of their background, deserves to have access to a great education, which is why we work mainly in areas of low income with a history of academic underachievement.

The majority of trainees, particularly recent graduates, are put on the School Direct (SD) Bursary route. The amount range depending on the subject you wish to teach but for maths this would be up to £26,000.

About the school:

Ark Victoria Academy is an "all through family school". It is an ethos that we have worked so hard to establish since we opened, and which we know is valued by our families. Ark Victoria provides pupils with a unique journey in their education through the curriculum and wide range of opportunities that we offer as an all through school. We support and empower all staff and pupils to become ambitious, resilient, and kind citizens who understand their role in our community and the wider world. Pupils leave us with the skills and qualifications to continue their journey of life-long learning in a university or career of their choice.

How is the programme structured?

You’ll be based in a school of your choice from day one, spending the whole academic year watching your students progress. At the end of your training year, you’ll have achieved the following:

  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
  • PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education) in your chosen teaching subject

After successfully completing your training year you can progress onto our highly supportive, tailored ECT (early career teacher) programme. We will help you secure an ECT role at your school or at another one in the Ark network and guide you through your first few years of teaching.

What support is available to me during the programme?

99% of trainees feel their wellbeing is well supported by the Ark Teacher Training team.

We are committed to providing high-quality professional learning for our teachers. On our teacher training programme, you will benefit from:

  • Your own Ark Teacher Training tutor.
  • 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.
  • A curriculum based on leading educational research and a unique focus on subject curriculum.
  • A supportive network of tutors, other teachers, and trainees past and present.

Qualification Criteria

To be eligible to teach in the UK you must:

  • have a grade C or above in Maths and English language GCSE
  • hold (or will hold) an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) prior to beginning your Initial Teacher Training
  • have a degree or A level in a subject related subject to teach maths
  • have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the programme (3 years)
  • not currently hold Qualified Teacher Status

Diversity and Inclusion

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 the 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 our website.

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