Thinking of teaching?

As an Ark school, we can offer you the opportunity to train to teach with us through the Ark Teacher Training programme.

Ark Teacher Training is a one-year training programme that allows graduates and career changers to learn from some of the best teachers and leaders in the profession. 

Through regular training, coaching and placements, you’ll work towards qualifying as a teacher with a PGCE, and starting a successful career in education in one of the country’s most successful school groups.

You can train in this school, or if you like, another school in the Ark network. There are 34 primary and secondary schools based across Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth.

Why train with Ark?

The most rewarding job

Great teachers transform lives and Ark Teacher Training exists to make sure that every young person regardless of their background, has access to one. Whether going to a good university or into the career of their choice - we want every student to have real choices in life.

Working in an Ark school means you can help us change lives through education.

A Successful Career

We have 34 schools in four regions across the UK and a dedicated central team - so whatever your career aspirations, Ark will support you to get a job in one of our schools and there will be plenty of opportunities to progress, and quickly.

Staying in the Ark network also means access to unrivalled continuous professional development, including our newly qualified teacher programme which will train and support you for your first two years as a qualified teacher. And when the time comes for you to take the next steps - we have programmes aimed at developing and supporting middle and senior leaders.

The very best training and support, every step of the way

What really sets Ark Teacher Training apart is the high quality training and support you will recieve at every stage. This includes:

  • A dedicated tutor overseeing every aspect of your training - giving regular feedback and helping you to plan your lessons
  • Your very own coach, offering advice and support
  • Staff in your school who are dedicated to your development
  • Access to education experts from across the Ark family
  • Continuous support and guidance to build your confidence in managing a classroom and controlling behaviour

Find out more about our primary and secondary training years. 

Earn a PGCE and Master's credits while you gain your Qualified Teacher Status

Qualified Teacher Status

Every person who graduates from the Ark Teacher Training programme and thus meets all teaching standards will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - a nationally recognised teaching qualification allowing you to teach in other schools.

PGCE

You will also recieve an internationally recognised and respected teaching qualification from Goldsmiths, University of London - a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Master's Credit

Your PGCE will count as 60 credits towards a Master's degree - a third of the credits needed for the full qualification.

Transform lives, including your own. Apply now today. 

Ark is one of the most successful academy networks in the country and I am delighted it has decided to develop its own training programmes to grow the next generation of outstanding teachers.” Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

“I used to think that great teachers were born, not created, but that belief has been smashed by Ark teacher Training. How can one programme produce such consistent excellence?” Damian McBeath, Regional Director of Primary (London), Ark.