Presentation on theme: "ARK Schools Working with Charities. Thank you Who we are A family of schools with the same vision... to create a network of outstanding schools so that."— Presentation transcript:
Who we are A family of schools with the same vision... to create a network of outstanding schools so that every pupil has the opportunity to go to university or pursue the career of their choice. Founded in 2004 and first school (Burlington Danes Academy) opened in 2006
More to come We are keen to grow from 18 to 50 schools by 2016 or from 9,000 to 20,000 pupils – in order to be sustainable – in order to meet the demand and support more schools in challenging circumstances.
We don’t shy away from challenges; 42% (15%) of ARK pupils are on Free School Meals, the highest of any academy group. 37% (10%)of ARK pupils have English as an Additional Language.
What has been achieved so far? GCSE improvement rate and primary rates of progress at KS1 and KS2 are impressive Innovation and wider impact (Teaching Leaders, Future Leaders, Maths Mastery) Eight of nine academies inspected so far are good or outstanding according to Ofsted
ARK sponsorship, charities and fundraising ARK Board ARK International ARK Schools ARK UK Programmes Charities Sponsors, trusts and foundations Governance and funding Governance funding Interaction Charities Sponsors, trusts and foundations Charities
Case Study: The ARK Schools Oral Language Programme To develop the communication skills of all pupils To develop the vocabulary and story-telling skills of pupils with deprived language To provide support strategies to parents of children who start school with deprived language To raise teacher and parent awareness of the importance of children’s language and communication development
3 strands Training teachers & accreditation of communication friendly practice in schools Resources & training for LSAs to deliver booster language interventions Resources & training to support parent workshops in school
PhaseActivityInputPartnership Benefits Pre-planning Produce operational plan and funding application to cover start-up costs Recruit Early Language and Communication Advisor (ELCA) to deliver the programme ARK Schools staff: SL&C Lead UK Programmes Director HR & recruitment ICAN Consultancy In-house resources at ARK Schools Free consultancy from ICAN Staff training Obtain training licenses in-house Deliver training to staff in schools Validate good practice ARK Schools staff: ELCA ICAN tutor licenses, training materials & accreditation fee ARK School start-up funding to cover ELCA costs, training materials and accreditation fee ICAN bursary to cover licence fees and subsidise training materials Booster groups Obtain intervention licenses in-house Train LSAs in schools to deliver programme Provide intervention materials for schools ARK Schools staff: ELCA ICAN tutor licences and intervention manuals ARK School start-up funding to cover ELCA costs, licence fees and intervention manuals ICAN bursary to subsidise intervention licence fees and intervention manuals Parent workshops Train school staff / parent volunteers to give key messages on communication development Provide communication-supportive resources for families ARK Schools staff: ELCA Resources for parents ARK School start-up funding to cover ELCA costs and resources for parents Programme development Evaluate impact Produce funding and operational plan for programme expansion ARK Schools staff: ELCA SL&C Lead In-house resources at ARK Schools and start-up funding to cover ELCA costs and resources for parents
Going forward The aims of ARK Schools must come first Projects must not overload or distract schools Fundraising is complicated– eg GLA funding only for a new project or relationship Fundraising is expensive Our academies rely on additional income and programmes from external providers The future is complicated...