In less than three years, Lorraine Clarke has turned around the 500-pupil Ark Blacklands primary academy from Ofsted’s ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’, maintaining a majority of remaining staff. Lorraine, one of the Teach 2017 keynote speakers, will be discussing how she approached closing the gap in attainment. She indicates that ‘it’s very rare that you come across a bad teacher. What you find is a lack of training, a failure to keep up with changes and weak leadership’.
Lorraine Clarke was a former police detective sergeant and is now in her first headship at Ark Blacklands primary academy in Hastings. Clarke joined the police on the fast-track graduate scheme after studying psychology at the University of Plymouth and quickly rose up the ranks, before deciding to make the switch into teaching.