Graduate scheme

South East + 2


“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 schools


Ark Alexandra is a two-campus secondary academy with a Sixth Form provision in Hastings. In 2019, William Parker and Helenswood came together to create Ark Alexandra Academy, a new chapter, and a truly exciting time for all. The school also celebrated its 400th anniversary, an amazing milestone that is shared by all boys and girls in the community. As a Church of England school, our values of faith, excellence and kindness underpin our ethos, culture and behaviour. We have an inclusive admissions policy that welcomes, without preference, students of all faith and none. is to create a truly great school for the young people in Hastings. We believe that everyone deserves to be accepted, included, and empowered to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.


Ark Charter Academy is a school that shows the impact great teaching can have. Before becoming an Ark school, 22% of students achieved 5 A*-C at GCSE (including English and Maths). Charter is now one of the most improved schools in the country and the success rate now sits at 73%. This transformation was recently praised by the Prime Minister when he visited the school.

Our teachers and support staff work hard every day to inspire each and every student to develop skills which will help them to achieve their full potential - both in the classroom and beyond. We pride ourselves in recognising hard work and rewarding it accordingly, providing opportunities for professional and personal growth in school and across the wider Ark network.

We have a very strong focus on academic excellence – prioritising reading, writing and maths for as long as each student needs – but couple this with developing students as leaders ready to build a better future for themselves, their families and their community. We do this through explicitly teaching our students how to work hard for themselves and to help others, as well as how to have fun.

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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