Marius Frank BSc (Hons) NPQH : Consultant – Lecturer – Quality Assurance – Advisor – Animateur – International Project Leadership
Marius Frank has been strategic lead for E-Learning Development and Youth Justice at Achievement for All for over five years. Achievement for All is an international children’s charity devoted to equity in education, supporting education settings to dismantle barriers to learning, whatever the challenges faced by children and young people and their families.
After a stellar career as a teacher (of science, music and Expressive Arts) and middle leader (including posts as varied as Head of Year, Head of Science and Director of Music) in challenging secondary schools in England, Marius became Headteacher of Bedminster Down School ( and the first BAME Secondary Headteacher 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 and low community expectations on entry.
In 2010, Marius became CEO of ASDAN Education, an international Awarding Organisation (offering a wide variety of EQF (European Qualification Framework) Level 1 to Level 6 qualifications in vocational and personal development), curriculum development and innovation company (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 government-funded national 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 to support professional development activity. The project was given an internal DfE (Department for Education) 1 rating for delivery, the highest grade possible.
From 2015, Marius led a two-year DfE/MoJ contract aimed at securing better outcomes for young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities 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, and develop a quality assurance framework for Local Area Partnerships across the country to drive continuous service improvement. Marius is also a specialist in emotion wellbeing and mental health (his first degree was in Brain Sciences), supporting schools, PRUs and Youth Offending Teams move from trauma-aware to trauma-informed practice.
The Youth Justice SEND Quality Mark/Quality Lead mark has now been earned by nearly 50 Teams in England, playing a significant role in securing secure and effective working partnerships between YOTs and other statutory Children’s Services. Marius is now turning the amassed knowledge into a framework that identifies and enables Child First Partnership Practice.
Marius is also working on international EU-funded projects with colleagues in Italy, Romania, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria to secure better outcomes for children and young people affected by migration, which includes refugees and unaccompanied asylum seekers.
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.