Ark Trainee Biology Teacher

Discover the joys of teaching and get rewarded while you train, with new STEM cash incentives available for 2024!

About the role:

You will be training to be a Biology Teacher - this is a great opportunity to train to teach outstanding lessons and therefore help pupils achieve excellent academic results in Biology.

Ark: Why we teach
Everyone has had at least one teacher in their life that inspired them.

As a Biology teacher, you have the privilege of unpacking the universe with young people as you expand their knowledge. You’ll be provided with everything you need, from expertise to support, to become a fantastic science teacher.

You will not only learn how to support and structure debate in science lessons and set up practical’s but learn how to engage students in science and convey the story of everything from enzymes to genetics!

About Ark:

Ark is a charity that aims to transform children’s lives through education. In the UK, the strongest predictor of how a child will do at school continues to be what their parents do for a living – but why should this be the accepted status quo? By working in our network at one of our 39 schools, you will be directly making a positive impact on young people’s lives through high-quality teaching and thoughtful consideration of all backgrounds and needs, making educational equity a reality. 

About Ark Teacher Training:

Ark Teacher Training (ATT) is a school-based programme offering the perfect mixture of theory and classroom practice to develop you into the best teacher you can be. Because we believe that every child, regardless of their background, deserves to have access to a great education, we work mainly in communities of lower income with a history of academic underachievement. We are very proud to have just received our second ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in all categories! There are only a few ITTs in the UK that can say the same. Alongside this, our programme is also incredibly supportive and bespoke, as you will see below. 

Key responsibilities:

  • To engage in daily professional development activities
  • To plan, resource and deliver lessons to the highest possible standard that ensure learning and progress of all pupils
  • To provide a nurturing classroom and academy environment that helps pupils to develop as learners 
  • To help to maintain/establish discipline across the whole school
  • To contribute to the effective working of the school

Key requirements:

To join any Initial Teacher Training Programme in the UK, candidates must satisfy the below criteria as set out by the Department for Education (DfE). You must:

  • Have a minimum grade C/4 in Maths and English GCSE or equivalent (and a Science subject if you are applying to teach Primary). If you hold high school grades from a country outside of the UK, please ensure your grades in maths, English (and science if teaching primary) meet our overseas eligibility criteria before applying.
  • Hold (or will hold by September 2024) an Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the programme (until August 2025)
  • Not currently hold Qualified Teacher Status.
  • A degree or A level in Biology / a related subject 
  • Evidence of a commitment to working with young people
  • Experience of overcoming challenges successfully 
  • Ability to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct
  • An aptitude for teaching

Candidates who do not currently hold a minimum of grade C or 4 at GCSE level can complete a GCSE equivalency test through or We can accept a pass in these tests as meeting the GCSE requirement. 

What's on offer?

The bursary to teach Biology is £20,000 during your training year and once qualified you will move onto the qualified teacher pay scale -  Ark pay 2.5% above the national average too!

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  • Deadline
    June 30th, 2024
  • Starting
    September 2024
  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    £25,000 + benefits
  • Degree required
    2:2 and above
  • Location
    Birmingham, Hastings (East Sussex), London, Portsmouth and Southampton
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Biology
Also Accepting...
  • All STEM disciplines
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