OA Insight Guides

Sharing learning is at the heart of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Opportunity Area (OA) programme and this has never been clearer than in Year 5 of the programme. This year focuses on consolidation, sustainability and on spreading impact to other places. All OA partnership boards have been asked to expand their reach and impart the knowledge they have gained. Around 20% of total Year 5 funding will be used for sharing learning with other areas facing similar challenges.

The OA insight guides are being developed by people who have been closely involved in the projects across the twelve OAs. They give the view of the lived experience of those working hard to make a difference in the OAs. They offer the chance to gain insights into this place-based way of working, with a view to exploring similar approaches and interventions to help young people elsewhere.

The insight guides will cover a range of topics, including:

  • careers education
  • teacher recruitment, retention and workforce development (featuring insights from Fenland and East Cambridgeshire)
  • early years
  • school improvement
  • place based working

View the insight guides online. More insight guides will be added to this page over time.

OA Insight Guide Webinar: Health and Education

The DfE OA team is hosting an online webinar to share insights on the OA programme’s place-based approach in Health and Education projects. The webinar will feature information on:

  • an award-winning mental health an emotional wellbeing project in Stoke on Trent’s sixth form colleges
  • using data innovatively to inform the early identification of autism
  • ‘Glasses in Classes’ – a project aimed at ensuring children who need glasses wear them in class to improve literacy

Event date and time: Thursday 14 October 2021, 15:30–17:30

Sign up to join the webinar