About us

Our history

Oval Learning began more than 10 years ago as an informal cluster of schools in Lambeth working together to share ideas and resources to benefit children, parents and staff. The steering group grew in size and purpose and registered as a charity in 2014 (no. 1156350). Members work together to address complex local challenges and make a positive impact on thousands of children’s lives.

Core team

Anne Roots, Director — anne@ovallearning.org
Anne has supported School Improvement for over 20 years providing guidance and training and building capacity for school leaders as well as local authorities and other organisations. She has led the strategic direction for a pan-London network that connects schools to national and international partners and has been responsible for devising, securing investment for, managing and evaluating a range of programmes on issues including arts and culture, sustainable development, inclusion, active global citizenship, digital literacy. Anne works as a Global Learning London Associate co-delivering the London Linking Project and the Towards and Anti-racist Curriculum programme.

Laura Bassett, Director of Partnerships — laura@ovallearning.org
Laura has lived, worked and volunteered in Lambeth and across London for 17 years , with particular experience in helping develop and grow voluntary and community organisations and a strong track record in securing investments from a range of income streams. She is Founder of Bugbear Solutions and Director of Partnerships at Integrate, and previously worked at Young Lambeth Cooperative. Laura’s role strengthens the shared vision of Integrate and Oval Learning to improve the interface between the statutory and voluntary services and aim for better equity in Lambeth.

Steering group

Our work is steered by heads of local schools who know their communities well. They bring a wide set of skills and contacts and unique local insight. Above all they share the desire to help every young person thrive.

Pink line

Community and partnerships

We combine expertise, staffing and networks of secondary, primary and special schools and others. This allows us to develop purposeful relationships with families and local services, understand local needs and gaps in provision, and make best use of available resources.

Front line activities with children and families are delivered by more than 300 school staff, complementing arrangements with other agencies. Partnerships, programmes and activities are steered by the Oval Learning core team.

This framework ensures an exceptionally efficient, flexible, outward-facing approach to enable all children to flourish.