After my degree I felt an overwhelming need to inspire the next generation of young black girls to become scientists! I want to be that relatable figure in their lives, Channei, Ark Chemistry trainee
By sharing your passion for Science with young people through fantastic teaching, you’ll be giving them the knowledge and skills they need to broaden their horizons, pursue the sciences and wider areas of study. You’ll open up their futures to a vast number of exciting career opportunities.
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 bursary route. The amount range depending on the subject you wish to teach but for Chemistry this would be up to £26,000.
About the school:
At ARK Elvin Academy we ensure that, when the time comes, every pupil leaves our care confident, articulate, and culturally aware - able to pursue careers they are passionate about, contribute to society and live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
At Elvin we believe in investing in our staff – through great training, a meaningful and joyful team spirit and opportunities for development within and beyond Elvin. This is something we live by – ensuring every member of our school community has the support, resources and knowledge to do their best work and feel the pride and sense of community that comes from doing such powerful work together. Our clear and embedded school routines are essential to our striving for excellence – and support all teachers to have impact in their classrooms from the first day of teaching.
But the main reason you will want to stay at Elvin is our pupils: they are proud of their school and want to work hard – our school’s sense of community is palpable.They are curious, resilient and generous young people who need great teachers. Our school’s diversity is a strength and one that makes Elvin such a rich environment to work – from pupils to staff, all are proud of their backgrounds and cultures and what it brings to a vibrant and caring
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:
- A two-week summer school so you feel confident before you start in September.
- 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.
To be eligible to teach in the UK you must:
- have a grade C or above in Maths 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 a degree or A level in a related subject to teach science
- 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.
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children, and this will be tested at interview. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.