Marius Frank BSc (Hons) NPQH – Director E-Learning and Material Development – Achievement for All
Marius is currently strategic lead for E-Learning Development at Achievement for All. The Achievement for All Bubble is an innovative on-line platform designed not only to deliver sustainable CPD solutions for all Achievement for All partner schools, but also to support Achievement for All’s national network of Coaches embed training and professional learning more effectively. Marius leads content development as well as supporting a wider use of The Bubble infrastructure to deliver on-line knowledge information and learning for a growing number of additional education clients (such as designing a programme specifically for early years professionals and childminders (in partnership with PACEY), and Cornwall College’s RETAIN programme, aimed at keeping ECTs (Early Career Teachers) in the profession.
Marius is currently leading a DfE-sponsored contract aimed at embedding SEND Reform policy and practice, and transforming outcomes for young people with SEN, in the Youth Justice system, working with nearly 2000 professionals from Local Authorities, Youth Offending Teams, Secure Estate, Health and Social Welfare.
After a stellar career as a teacher (of science) and middle leader (including posts as varied as Head of Year, Head of Science and Director of Music) in some of the toughest secondary schools in the country, Marius became Headteacher of Bedminster Down Secondary School in Bristol. Despite being named in the bottom 200 performing Secondary Schools in the country in 2000, Marius led the school community to a remarkable transformation, trebling performance outcomes in a decade in charge despite very low standards on entry.
Marius’ commitment to intelligently designed CPD (Continuous Professional Development) began as a Deputy Headteacher, leading area TVEI training in the use of technology in music, leading on Diploma developments across Bristol and lecturing on curriculum change management nationally as part of the Diploma roll-out programme. Marius was instrumental in promoting Foundation Stage learning, to secure better outcomes for learners with SEND.
In 2010, Marius became CEO of ASDAN Education, a large curriculum development charity and awarding organisation (winning Human Resource Magazine’s Most Person-Centred CEO of the Year award in 2011), before eventually joining Achievement for All in 2015.
Marius’ ability to manage large and complex projects is exemplified by the successes of a DfE-funded programme to reduce the impact and incidence of bulling on children and young people with SEND. 1,500 schools received face-to-face training, with 96% of all attendees rating the event as good or outstanding, making them more confident to deal with complex and sensitive incidents. The extensive bank of supporting resources was presented in an innovative web-based way, encouraging individual or group exploration and evaluation. The project was given an internal DfE 1 rating for delivery, the highest grade possible.
Most recently, Marius has project managed and led a second DfE contract aimed at securing better outcomes for young people with SEND in the Youth Justice System. After a series of national workshops that connected with 400 professionals from over 100 Youth Offending Teams across the country, and building an on-line community of practice to serve over 1,800 front line professionals, the contract was extended for another year to take the programme into the secure estate. In December 2017, the project received recognition from the Howard League for its impact on securing better outcomes for young people with complex needs in the youth justice system.
Marius has also enjoyed a parallel career as a professional musician, and was, without doubt, the top funky bass-playing Secondary Headteacher in the UK for over a decade! Together with his partner, Cindy Stratton, they have enjoyed a long professional career, with Radio 1 sessions and a series of album releases spanning two decades.
They now specialise in running choral events and singing workshops.