Disadvantage Project

This project will provide high quality CPD around supporting disadvantage and enable you and your team to embed the findings in your school. VNET will provide support throughout the year via peer to peer engagement including access to a forum, as well as ongoing support via your VNET associate.

This project, led by Marc Rowland, will support schools to develop an evidence informed approach to planning, implementing and evaluating an effective strategy for addressing short and long-term educational disadvantage and the impact of Covid 19 on learning. It will be rooted in research evidence and learning from successful schools but will also focus sharply on the local context.

Why does your school need a project to address disadvantage?

According to the EEF’s Best evidence of the impact of school closures on the attainment gap, much of the work done to close the attainment gap over the past 10 years is likely to be reversed. The median estimate indicates that the gap would widen by 36%. However, the estimated rate of gap widening varied substantially between studies, meaning that there is a high level of uncertainty around this average. Plausible “good” and “bad” estimates range from the gap widening from 11% to 75%. 

Against this backdrop, school leaders now have urgent and challenging strategic decisions to make around how best to address this reversal. 

Project Outcomes

  • Move your pupil premium strategy from mitigation to success
  • Attendees will finish the programme with a strong knowledge of how to put in place a long-term strategy to address educational disadvantage across their schools – one that meets the needs of their pupils in their context.

Session 1


What evidence and national good practice tells us about addressing education disadvantage

Session 2


How to plan an effective strategy – the active ingredients.

Session 3


How to implement an effective strategy – the active ingredients

Session 4


How to evaluate an effective strategy – the active ingredients

Members Resources


Marc Rowland

Marc works with, and advises, the DfE on addressing educational disadvantage in schools. He has worked with over 600 individual schools to support them with their strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Marc is the adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners for the Unity Schools Partnership, a large cross-phase Multi Academy Trust based in the East of England and works with the Education Endowment Foundation’s national Research School Network on a range of programmes. Marc’s most recent book ‘Addressing Educational Disadvantage’ was published in February 2021.

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