Call for OA Advocates – Headteachers and Early Years Setting Leads

We are looking for local headteachers and early years (EY) setting leads who may be interested in becoming advocates for the Opportunity Area (OA) programme. If you would like to get involved, we would ask you to select an area of the programme which interests you most and in which you feel confident to share your experience and expertise.

The role would involve:

  • improving communication and information flows between the OA and school/EY setting leaders, including governors, by explaining the OA’s strategy for determining priorities and deploying resources, and receiving feedback on the support provided by the OA. 
  • acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Programme Manager by providing support, challenge and feedback on the schools’/EY settings’ priorities as they relate to the OA’s support strategy.
  • representing the OA at cluster headteacher meetings where appropriate.
  • meeting once every half term with other headteacher/EY setting lead advocates, the Programme Manager and the Chair of the Partnership Board.

We envisage capping the role to 5 hours per half term and would be happy to provide funding to support release time for any specific pieces of work.

If you are interested in becoming an OA advocate, please contact

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