Meet the team

Kate Atkins

Headteacher, Rosendale Primary School. Kate graduated from Hull University with a degree in English Literature and Drama. She attended South Bank University, obtaining a PGCE in Education (Early Years) in 1993. She has been teaching in Lambeth for over 20 years and joined Rosendale in 2003 as Assistant Headteacher. She has been Headteacher since 2013. Kate led one of the first school-led EEF research projects in the country and she has supported schools nationally to help them embed evidence-based practices. Rosendale Primary School is an LSEF Excellence Hub for using lesson study to improve classroom practice

Marc Rowland, Head of the Research School

Head of the Research School based at Rosendale Primary School. Marc is currently working with the Jersey government on the introduction of a ‘Jersey Pupil Premium’. He is also the co-author of the Essex LA funded Pupil Premium self-evaluation toolkit and has worked with North Yorkshire, Essex, Sheffield, Hampshire, Suffolk, Swindon, Warwickshire LAs, a number of high profile Multi Academy Trusts on year-long projects to support better outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. A number of reports from these projects can be found here. Marc has worked with the Department for Education and over 300 individual schools to support them with their strategy to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. He has spoken to approximately 8000 school leaders in conferences on Pupil Premium, from Northumberland to Cornwall. Over the past four years, Marc has worked with Rosendale on two major school-based research projects on Lesson Study and Metacognition. 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 “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. He is former Director of Policy and Research for the National Education Trust from 2007 to 2017.

Julia Lawrence

Research School Associate, leads on all aspects of marketing and communications. Julia, representing Rosendale's education technology partner London CLC, is a former secondary music teacher and has spent many years working in schools, prisons and cultural organisations before becoming Deputy Director of London CLC. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Online Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador and social media enthusiast delivering training and consultancy to schools and other organisations.