Addressing Needs of Vulnerable Groups Conference

Addressing Needs of Vulnerable Groups Conference

6th of November 2020

This was a half-day conference to explore the local and national issue of closing attainment gaps for specific groups of pupils.



Oliver Foxell
Operations Manager, Youth Offending Service

Watch Disproportionality (YouTube)

Odd One Out

Carol-Anne McCollum
Executive Co-Headteacher, The Three Schools

Watch Odd One Out (YouTube)

Achievement for All: An evidence-based approach to improving outcomes

Clare Pankhania
Headteacher Highworth Combined School

Watch Achievement for all (YouTube)

Highworth KS2 Results (Download)

Recommended Twitter (Download)

Recommended Reading (Download)

Closing the Gap, Climbing the StairsEnsuring your strategy for closing the gap is deeply embedded through your values, ethos, and leadership 

Jo Pikulski 
Co-Headteacher, Disraeli School

Paula O'Shea
Lead DSL and Pastoral Lead

Watch  Closing the gap, climbing the stairs (YouTube)

Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged

Marc Rowland
Adviser, Unity Schools Partnership and the Education Endowment Fund 

Tara McVey
Deputy Headteacher, The Towers School in Kent

Watch Pupil premium and disadvantaged (YouTube)

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 focused on educational disadvantages 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 the 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 is 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.

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