The diversity of the education sector is reflected in the unique challenges each MAT leadership team face in being able to support and drive school-led improvement across their academies.
The Ark Curriculum Plus programmes offer a coherent, well-sequenced curriculum, interlinked with timely professional development that will enable your MAT to drive meaningful cross-academy collaboration through a shared curriculum, empowering teachers to adapt and deliver great learning. Each programme includes a full suite of flexible classroom resources, planning, intervention and assessment tools to support delivery.
Our approach of developing subject leadership and pupil mastery is proven to make a significant difference to student attainment, but also supports greater teacher retention through continuing professional development.
Our programmes connect concepts and give those who use them the confidence to articulate the intent of the curriculum and why its implemented in the way that it is, so that learners can remember and do more.
Aligning cross-Trust curriculum involves many stakeholders and isn’t always easy. However, our programmes are founded in educational research and independently trialled and tested, making it a lot easier for schools to recognise and feel confident in the impact that we achieve.
Jack Ritchie | Director of Improvement for Maths
Leigh Academies Trust
We launched Mathematics Mastery as a trial in two of our ten secondary schools in September 2018 for our Year 7s. In our first year of partnering with the programme, positive impact was evident within 5 months.
Following the success of this trial, eight more of our secondary academies enrolled and launched Mathematics Mastery in September 2019.
Within 5 months, our teachers were expressing strong appreciation for the resources, the support with departmental workshops and planning, the programme’s initial focus on Year 7s and, most importantly, the positive impact on their teaching.
When I asked our teachers to drop me a note about the programme, comments were resoundingly positive, including one who said, ‘After just one term, the way that I teach maths has changed. The focus now is not on exam technique and exam content; we are now focussed on how we shift progress for pupils of all abilities.’
Another said, ‘Mathematics Mastery continually tests my own subject knowledge, specifically in terms of using mathematical vocabulary. It is allowing me to explore and expand my own mathematical thinking and vocabulary, which I am now embedding into a range of different classes and year groups. Planning for Mathematics Mastery lessons is more interesting and makes me think outside of the typical lesson format; it is evolving me into a more effective teacher.’
I particularly noticed how pupils were thriving from using the correct mathematical language. It has driven how they communicate their understanding and make links between topics.
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As teachers ourselves, we understand how extraordinarily difficult this year has been for all schools. We have made some important changes to our mastery programmes this year to help support you in the months ahead.