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

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.

Justine Paton - Research School Lead Practitioner

Justine has been a key part of the Rosendale community for 20 years. As well as working as a class teacher and lead practitioner for many years, Justine played an integral part in the launch of ReflectED - Rosendale's flagship research project that develops childrens' metacognition skills. Whilst at Rosendale, Justine has completed research projects on raising attainment of Caribbean boys, lesson study and a peer review project on feedback with the IOE. Most recently, she has worked with the EEF, managing the second national ReflectED trial, supporting schools around the country with the implementation of metacognition and reflective learning.

Doug Cranston - Research School Associate

Doug trained as a class teacher at Rosendale in 2005 and since 2011 has been a full time PE teacher. Over the last three years, he has been involved in several research projects with the Youth Sport Trust’s Innovation Schools initiative and over the last year has been exploring the role of standing desks and activity trackers in increasing children’s physical activity. The research thread runs through Doug’s working life. After completing a degree in Psychology, he worked as a research associate at Guy’s Hospital before joining McKinsey and Co. as a research analyst and finally RELX Publishing before changing direction into teaching. As well as his own research Doug is helping other Rosendale and Elmgreen heads of department in their specific fields.

Caitlin McMillan - Research School Communications Associate

After graduating from Balliol College Oxford with a degree in English Language and Literature, Caitlin worked in music technology and arts journalism before joining the teaching team at London CLC (Rosendale's education technology partner)  in 2014, where she delivers workshops and training to primary school pupils and teachers, with a particular focus on creative digital.  Caitlin is a Google certified educator, an Apple teacher and is Google certified in online marketing. She is also the voice of several BBC Bitesize animations.

Julia Lawrence - Research School Associate

Julia is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Online Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador and former secondary music teacher who has spent many years working in schools, prisons and cultural organisations. She is the former deputy director of and current senior associate to the London CLC, Rosendale's education technology partner. As an education consultant, Julia has worked with numerous organisations, including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Royal Opera House Bridge, supporting digital strategy, communications and project management.