Marc Rowland

Marc is the adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners for the Unity Schools Partnership, a large cross-phase Multi Academy Trust based in the East of England.

Marc works with the Education Endowment Foundation’s national Research School Network on a range of programmes. He is also working on a range of long term programmes focussed on educational disadvantage nationally, including Essex, Wakefield, Enfield, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sheffield, South Gloucestershire and Surrey LAs, and the Stoke on Trent Opportunity Area,

Marc is / has also been working with the Jersey government for fiive years on the introduction and implementation of a ‘Jersey Pupil Premium’. This has led to a marked improvement in outcomes over time for disadvantaged pupils there.

He was formerly the director of Rosendale Research School at Rosendale Primary School in Lambeth and the Deputy Director of the National Education Trust (now NET Academies Trust).

Marc has worked / is working with, numerous Local Authorities, Multi Academy Trusts, Teaching School Alliances and groups of schools nationally on long term projects to support better outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.

Marc works with, and advises the Department for Education on addressing educational disadvantage in schools. He has worked with over 600 individual schools to support them with their strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. He has spoken to over 12,000 school leaders on addressing disadvantage at local, regional and national conferences.

Marc is the education adviser to the Driftwood Association, a Swiss charitable foundation running education and development projects in Nepal.

Marc’s most recent book ‘Addressing Educational Disadvantage’ was published in February 2021. The second edition of his award-winning book, ‘An Updated Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium’, was published in December 2015 (John Catt Educational).  His book ‘Learning without Labels’ was also published by John Catt in March 2017.

Selected bibliography


Addressing educational disadvantage (2021)

Learning without labels (2017)

Guide to the Pupil Premium (2015)

Book chapters

The Forgotten Third (2020)

Leading an effective SEND strategy (2018)

Mental health and wellbeing in schools (2018)

Area based research reports on disadvantage (selected)

Closing the disadvantage gap in Bromley (2021)

East Sussex Primary Schools (2020)

Disadvantage in Opportunity Areas (2019)

National Governors Association: Spotlight on disadvantage (2019)

North Yorkshire: Achievement Unlocked (2018)

Addressing disadvantage in Hampshire Secondary Schools (2018)

Swindon Challenge (2017)

Articles and media

Best bets podcast on educational disadvantage (2020)

Interview for ASCL on disadvantage

Talk for Challenge Partners (2020)

Articles on disadvantage


Pupil Premium and Disadvantage

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