Marc Rowland, expert in improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners, returns to work with Trust Disadvantage leads

January 16, 2023

This term the Wessex Learning Trust welcomed Marc Rowland back to work with the Trust Disadvantage Leads over two days. Marc was the Keynote speaker at the whole Trust Inset Day in September, at which he spoke about improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners, followed by a workshop session with school leaders looking at strategies to attain this.

On Thursday 12th January, Marc delivered a masterclass revisiting how we are identifying impact and building on the work initiated in September, followed by an opportunity to review individual school strategy and action.

On Friday 13th January, the Disadvantage Leads were invited to attend a live case study working with leaders, teachers, learning mentors and young people, to see planning in action.  

Director of Learning, Sarah Hobbs, said:

‘Marc brings with him a wealth of experience working in the field of disadvantaged learning and we feel fortunate to be able to offer our schools the opportunity to utilise Marc’s knowledge and expertise to inform their own practices on disadvantaged learning. Marc’s input will support the Trust on our continued mission to close the gap for disadvantaged learners, including two further conference days in the summer term.’

Marc advises the DfE and is the adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners for the Unity Schools Partnership alongside working with the Education Endowment Foundation’s National Research School on a range of programmes. He has written and contributed to a number of publications including the award-winning ‘An Updated Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium’ (2nd edition; 2015).