Biography

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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

Books

Addressing educational disadvantage (2021)

https://www.johncattbookshop.com/addressing-educational-disadvantage-in-schools-and-colleges-the-essex-way

Learning without labels (2017)

https://www.johncattbookshop.com/learning-without-labels-improving-outcomes-for-vulnerable-learners

Guide to the Pupil Premium (2015)

https://www.johncattbookshop.com/an-updated-practical-guide-the-pupil-premium

Book chapters

The Forgotten Third (2020)

https://www.johncattbookshop.com/the-forgotten-third-do-one-third-have-to-fail-for-two-thirds-to-succeed

Leading an effective SEND strategy (2018)

https://www.johncattbookshop.com/great-expectations-leading-an-effective-send-strategy-in-school

Mental health and wellbeing in schools (2018)

https://www.johncattbookshop.com/an-educator-s-guide-to-mental-health-and-wellbeing-in-schools

Area based research reports on disadvantage (selected)

Closing the disadvantage gap in Bromley (2021)

https://bromleyeducationmatters.uk/Page/19294

East Sussex Primary Schools (2020)

https://czone-backoffice.azurewebsites.net/media/6190/7east-sussex-schools-pupil-premium-report-final.pdf

Disadvantage in Opportunity Areas (2019)

https://marcrowland.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/oldham-and-derby-report.pdf

National Governors Association: Spotlight on disadvantage (2019)

https://www.nga.org.uk/getattachment/News/Campaigns/Spotlight-on-Disadvantage/NGA-Spotlight-on-Disadvantage_full-report.pdf?lang=en-GB

North Yorkshire: Achievement Unlocked (2018)

https://cyps.northyorks.gov.uk/sites/default/files/School%20improvement/2017%2018%20Achievement%20Unlocked%20Summary%20Update%20Report%2025.6.18.pdf

Addressing disadvantage in Hampshire Secondary Schools (2018)

https://marcrowland.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/hampshire-report8.pdf

Swindon Challenge (2017)

https://schoolsonline.swindon.gov.uk/downloads/file/37/swindon-challenge-conference-report-2017

Articles and media

Best bets podcast on educational disadvantage (2020)

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/best-bets-trailer/id1516020856?i=1000476213405

Interview for ASCL on disadvantage

https://vimeo.com/432158429

Talk for Challenge Partners (2020)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_6YinTpTtI&feature=emb_logo

Articles on disadvantage

https://researchschool.org.uk/unity/news/canaries-down-the-coalmine-what-next-for-pupil-premium-strategy

https://researchschool.org.uk/unity/news/distance-learning-through-the-lens-of-disadvantaged-pupils

Pupil Premium and Disadvantage

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