Later this year, Ark will be opening a new primary school in India, the first of several planned for impoverished neighbourhoods in South Delhi over the next five years. Ankita Dubey is an Ark project manager. In this blog, she discusses growing up in India, and how she is searching for teachers like those who inspired her early in her life.
May is a hectic time for teachers. Not only are they preparing students for end of year exams, it's also one of the busiest times of the year for recruitment, as teachers seek to explore their career options.
Guy Rimmer is an English teacher from Ark’s King Solomon Academy. He was selected as part of the Ark Fellows Programme and spent two weeks in South Africa this summer, sharing knowledge with Ark partner organisation SPARK Schools. He has written a blog about his experiences, and his thoughts on how to improve schools in the developing world:
Hayley Francis is a classroom teacher from Ark Oval Primary Academy and Mark Critchard is Ark Schools’ Network Lead for Mathematics and former Head of Maths at Evelyn Grace Academy. Both were selected as part of the Ark Fellows Programme and spent two weeks in Uganda this summer, sharing knowledge with Ark partner organisation Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS).
Matt Jones is the head teacher of Ark’s Globe Academy. 56% of pupils at the school are on free school meals and 38% speak English as an additional language, both well above the national average. Here, Matt writes about how he’s managed to turn the former Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College from a school in special measures to one with consistently strong Ofsted and exam results.
The hallways of Ark All Saints Academy are calm in a hectic south London neighbourhood. Children here refer to themselves as ‘scholars’ rather than students, and they walk confidently and with purpose through the school’s corridors, on their way to clean and orderly classrooms. There’s no shouting to be heard, and no sloppy uniforms to be seen.
A group of us at Ark (@ArkSchools) and PEAS (@PEASchools) are collaborating to work out how to approach the School Information System (SIS) in developing countries. The first task is to get something working for the PEAS network of 24 secondary schools in Uganda. But we'd also like our solution to be viable for publicly funded schools in any developing country.