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“There is only one 21st Century skill. And that is the ability to act intelligently when you are faced with a situation for which you have not been specifically prepared.” Seymour Papert
It is this belief that drives the Teaching and Learning agenda at Ark Academy. We believe that all students and staff are learners and all students are treated as intelligent and individual. They are taught demanding content; being expected to explain and find connections and to think in a disciplined manner; not to re-call information or carry out formulaic responses. We structure our teaching around core concepts that turn subject matter into useable knowledge.
Teaching is at the core of everything we do – without outstanding lessons we can’t be an outstanding school. We take the belief that one lifetime is not enough to develop the craft of teaching and that as soon as you stop learning you stop improving.
“Six great lessons a day, consistently across the school.”
This was the observation by the lead Ofsted Inspector in November 2010 and was a vindication of the hard work of all our staff. In order to maintain this we place a primacy on staff training and on developing the craft of teaching.
We do this in a number of ways, including:
All of this helps us ensure that every member of Ark Academy is a learner and that every pupil receives outstanding learning and makes outstanding progress in every lesson.
Click here to read about the Ark Academy Learning Centre for students and staff
Ofsted Outstanding 2010/11
The Princes Teaching Institute 2011 Science Mathematics
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