Absolute Return for Kids (Ark)
Professional Pathways - programme evaluation
Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) runs 35 schools educating more than 21,000 pupils. The schools are non-selective and in areas with high levels of economic disadvantage or educational need. [ More ]
Professional Pathways is an innovative approach to vocational teaching and learning for students taking a Level 3 BTEC applied general qualification. Ark specifically supports teachers to adopt a new approach to their teaching pedagogy for Level 3 BTEC students. This programme, which focuses on work readiness skills for young people, has been in a development phase for two years.
There is now a need to assess this teaching method and disseminate the findings and best practice to the wider education sector. The study which is envisaged will garner both qualitative and quantitative information on the programme and is being undertaken after consultation with a number of leading educational organisations on their approaches to understanding non-academic impact. The project is intended to provide the evidence to encourage industry support and investment for schools with BTEC teaching and learning.
A grant of £17,728 has been awarded for the first year evaluation of the programme (2017).[ Close ]