Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visits, impressed by teacher training success

We were delighted to welcome Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to Ark Academy to view the successes of our teacher training programme with the Ark network and Schools Direct.

Ms Morgan said: 'At Ark Academy I had the privilege of meeting a group of their newest trainees - almost all of whom were career changers and came from professions as diverse as marine biology, publishing, translation and the civil service.

So, I now intend to do more to encourage and facilitate those at any stage of their career to get into teaching; to realise the rewards it has to offer and to be able to play their part in engaging the next generation. And above all I want to make it easier for them to do it right across our country, because governing as one nation means making sure that every young person, wherever they live, has access to the best our teaching profession has to offer.'

Principal Smith echoed this sentiment, saying: 'It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to our school to highlight work that Ark Schools and Ark Academy have undertaken in respect of recruitment of excellent staff through Schools Direct.'

The Education Secretary also enjoyed a tour of the school and observed a lesson to see our fantastic trainees in action!

Below: Ms Morgan and staff listen as Schools Direct trainee Miss Lewis-Smith recounts her experience of training.