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Marc Rowland

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Marc Rowland is a foremost expert on the effective use of the Pupil Premium and improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners.

He is or has worked with the DfE, the Jersey government, numerous local authorities and over 500 individual schools to support them with their strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. His work with the Jersey government on the introduction and implementation of a ‘Jersey Pupil Premium’ led to marked improvement in outcomes for disadvantaged pupils there.

Marc is currently the adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners for the Unity Schools Partnership. He is also working with the Education Endowment Foundation’s national Research School Network on the roll out of their national Pupil Premium training programme and on a range of programmes focused on educational disadvantage nationally.

Marc has spoken to approximately 10,000 school leaders at conferences on Pupil Premium, from Northumberland to Cornwall. He led a review of the use and impact of Pupil Premium in the Oldham and Derby Opportunity Areas, and in East Sussex Local Authority, to be published in May 2020.

Over the past five years, Marc has worked with Rosendale Research School on two major school-based research projects on Lesson Study and Metacognition. The latter being a large scale RCT funded by the EEF.

Marc is also an author. 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 latest book ‘Learning without Labels’ was also published by John Catt in March 2017. Marc has also contributed to a number of other publications, such as ‘The Forgotten Third’, edited by Roy Blatchford CBE, ‘Great Expectations’, edited by David Bartram OBE, and ‘Spotlight on Disadvantage’ from the National Governors Association.

Marc is also an education adviser to the Driftwood Association, a charitable association funding small scale projects in Nepal and was also Director of Policy and Research for the National Education Trust from 2007 to 2017.

He was formerly the Head of Rosendale Research School in Lambeth.