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Ark Teacher Training

2022/23 edition

About Ark Teacher Training

Ark Teacher Training is a high-quality professional learning programme delivered by Ark, for Trainee Teachers and Early Career Teachers based in our primary and secondary schools from September 2023. For a full list of the subjects you can train in, please click here.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, our training programme offers the perfect blend of theory and practice to ensure trainees from all walks of life have the tools and support they need to become incredible teachers.

As you develop from a trainee to a fully qualified teacher and beyond, you’re positioned to have the biggest impact with Ark Teacher Training: many of our schools are in areas facing social and economic challenges or historic academic underachievement, so with the support of Ark’s vast and vibrant network, you can be sure you’re making a difference from day one.

You’ll find our schools across four key locations in England:

  • Birmingham
  • London
  • Hastings
  • Portsmouth

There may be opportunities outside of our core network and locations, such as in partner schools and wider areas like Southampton.

Transforming the lives of children through education

Ark is a charity that exists to transform the lives of children through education, regardless of their background. While each of our schools has its own distinctive character that reflects the local community, they all draw upon the same principles in support of this shared mission.

With 38 Ark schools in the network and more being added every year, trainees benefit from this growing community from their very first day as they work alongside like-minded people focused on driving change for the better.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • You will have experienced, dedicated leaders, tutors and mentors to ensure you receive ‘high levels of support from the moment you start training’.
  • We prioritise your wellbeing throughout your teaching training journey and ‘‘There was never a time when anything was too much or too silly, or a personal problem not important.’
  • Join an ‘exceptionally well-planned and delivered programme’. You will rapidly gain the skills and confidence to create a positive climate for learning in your classroom.
  • You will ‘acquire a repertoire of strategies for working with pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and with those who speak English as an additional language’.
  • You will be surrounded by supportive staff who want you to flourish in your role

ATT programme structure

‘99% of trainees feel the Ark Teacher Training team supports their wellbeing.’

You’ll be based in a school of your choice from day one, spending the whole academic year watching your pupils progress. Your training will be a mixture of:

  • independent teaching
  • team teaching
  • co-planning
  • professional studies training
  • subject specific training
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring
  • time built in to work on PGCE assignments (2 for the year)

Diversity and Inclusion at ATT

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 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 here.

We welcome any candidate requests for reasonable adjustments to the selection process in order to ensure equal access to all candidates.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children, which will be tested at interview. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


To be eligible to teach in the UK you must:

  • Have a grade C/4 or above in Maths GCSE 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 the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the programme (3 years – training year plus ECT induction)
  • Not currently hold Qualified Teacher Status
  • Primary trainees must also have a grade C/4 or above in Science GCSE (or equivalent)
  • Secondary trainees must have a degree or A level in the subject you wish to teach / a related subject

How to apply

Applications can be made directly through our website here.

If you’re applying through the DfE, please see our subjects here to ensure you apply for the correct route.

Applications will close once spaces have been filled, so we encourage you to apply asap.

Contact details

Yellow Building
1 Nicholas Road
W11 4AN
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