ARK – Absolute Return for Kids
Evaluation of the Professional Pathways Programme
Professional Pathways is an enhanced programme of study targeted at students aged 16-18 with the aim of preparing them for the professional world. It equips students with in-depth knowledge of a growth employment sector, builds their employability skills and business networks, provides tailored network opportunities with corporate partners, and provides career advice for students not following an academic post-school route.
ARK currently runs 35 schools educating more than 21,000 pupils: all of the schools are non-selective and in areas with high levels of economic disadvantage or educational need.
The evaluation will look at the long-term impact of the Professional Pathways programme on student destinations and has the potential to create greater parity of esteem between vocational and academic pathways.