Closing the Gap Conference
Closing the Gap in Buckinghamshire
Addressing the needs of vulnerable groups
This was a half day conference to explore in further detail the local and national issue of closing attainment gaps for specific groups of pupils.
- Disproportionality - Oliver Foxell, Operations Manager, Youth Offending Service
- Odd One Out - Carol-Anne McCollum, Executive Co-Headteacher, The Three Schools
- Achievement for All - An evidence based approach to improving outcomes - Clare Pankhania, Headteacher Highworth Combined School
- Closing the Gap, Climbing the Stairs - Ensuring your strategy for closing the gap is deeply embedded through your values, ethos and leadership - Jo Pikulski, Co-Headteacher, Disraeli School and Paula O'Shea, Lead DSL and Pastoral Lead
- Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged - Marc Rowland, Adviser, Unity Schools Partnership and the Education Endowment Fund and Tara McVey, Deputy Headteacher, The Towers School in Kent.
Speaker: Marc Rowland
Marc is currently the adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners for the Unity Schools Partnership.
Marc works with the Education Endowment Foundation’s national Research School Network. He is also working on a range of programmes focussed on educational disadvantage nationally. He was formerly the Head of Rosendale Research School in Lambeth.
Marc has also been working with the Jersey government for four years on the introduction and implementation of a ‘Jersey Pupil Premium’. This has led to a marked improvement in outcomes for disadvantaged pupils there.
Marc has worked / is working with North Yorkshire, Essex, Sheffield, Hampshire, Suffolk, Swindon, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Stoke on Trent, East Sussex, West Sussex and a number of other LAs, numerous Multi Academy Trusts, Teaching School Alliances and groups of schools nationally on long term projects to support better outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Most recently, he led a review of use and impact of Pupil Premium in the Oldham and Derby Opportunity Areas, and in East Sussex Local Authority.
Marc has also worked with the Department for Education and over 500 individual schools to support them with their strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. He has spoken to approximately 10,000 school leaders at conferences on Pupil Premium, from Northumberland to Cornwall. 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.
The second edition of Marc’s 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 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.