Mark Vickers is the Chief Executive of Olive Academies, one of the first multi-academy trusts in England to specialise in alternative provision and supporting excluded children and young people. Mark leads a network of three alternative provision academies and an outreach service based in London and the East of England, supporting excluded children from age 7 to age 16. Olive Academies’ pioneering and inclusive approach is based on creating personalised, project based, purposeful learning opportunities which inspire and re-engage children in learning.
Mark’s work in education is rooted in his belief that schools have the potential to break historic cycles of social disadvantage and to prevent the marginalisation of vulnerable young people. Mark has been a headteacher of a secondary school, an Ofsted inspector, a school leadership consultant and was a founding trustee of the PSHE Association. He continues to support numerous mainstream schools, PRUs and alternative providers across the country, offering strategic advice to help them secure rapid and sustained improvement.
Mark is one of the founding members of the Alternative Provision CEO Network and the Suffolk CEO Network. Both these forums were established with Mark’s support to help the sharing of ideas, innovations and best practice. Mark’s determined approach to improving alternative provision for vulnerable young people in England is linked to this partnership work – successfully bringing together alternative provision with outstanding mainstream schools and engaging local authority, DfE and voluntary sector leaders to improve the life chances of some of the most vulnerable children in our country’s education system. Find out more at www.oliveacademies.org.uk