IOA webinar: Sustaining Opportunities

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Key Note Speakers

Marc Rowland

Marc is currently the adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners for the Unity Schools Partnership.

Marc is currently working with the Education Endowment Foundation’s national Research School Network on the roll out of their national Pupil Premium training programme. 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 is also the co-author of the Essex LA funded Pupil Premium self-evaluation toolkit. He has worked / is working with North Yorkshire, Essex, Sheffield, Hampshire, Suffolk, Swindon, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Stoke on Trent, East Sussex and 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, to be published in May 2020.

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.

Dr. Amelia Roberts

Dr. Amelia Roberts is a Principal Teaching Fellow at UCL and Deputy Director of UCL Centre for Inclusive Education. Dr Amelia Roberts’ research focuses on knowledge exchange and reflective practice to support teachers of vulnerable pupils and covers inclusive education, Lesson Study, Autism and whole school approaches to Social, Emotional and Mental Health. She is currently part of the research team on ‘Wellbeing and Behaviour: Identifying interventions for positive participation for young people at risk of exclusion in school in order to reduce adverse long term societal impact

Amelia has worked with the Department for Education on a number of projects, including co-writing two reports for Whole School SEND and is currently an Inclusion Expert for the Standards and Testing Agency. She has spoken recently on Sky News, BBC South East today and BBC Radio. As part of her UCL role, she regularly visits the Falkland Islands and has worked with UNICEF in the Sultanate of Oman on an ‘Inclusive Classrooms’ project and an inclusive education project evaluation in Moldova with JK Rowling’s charity ‘The Lumos Foundation’.

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