Ark Teacher Training’s purpose is to transform children’s lives through education, regardless of their circumstances or background. We are committed to providing the highest quality professional learning for trainee teachers, supporting them to have the biggest impact in the classroom and providing an excellent foundation for a successful career in education.
Ark’s approach to primary teaching is based around ‘depth for breadth’: the idea that firm foundations in English and Maths allow pupils to access the rest of the curriculum more easily.
We also dedicate more time to literacy and English to encourage a love of reading and to develop fluent communication skills. We have two programmes that focus specifically on phonics teaching and early spoken language skills. As a primary trainee, you would be trained to be aware of possible barriers to learning and how to support children if more help is needed.
In terms of maths, we have pioneered Mathematics Mastery - an approach which draws on international best practice, particularly from Singapore, to emphasise the cumulative mastery of the essential knowledge and skills in maths. The programme has now been rolled out beyond the network, and works with over 100 partner schools, such has been its success.
In addition to learning how to teach English and mathematics to primary students, you will also have the opportunity throughout the year to develop your teaching practice across a wide variety of subjects from history to PE.
Through your time in school and your subject-specific training sessions, you will develop the skills you need to help children succeed across the curriculum.