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
OA Sharing learning insight guide: Early years
The Department for Education (DfE) is investing £108 million over five years to transform the life chances of children and young people in 12 areas of the country with low social mobility as part of the Government’s Opportunity Area programme.
Early years practitioners, leaders, providers and anyone with an interest in social mobility are invited to hear from those working hard to make a difference for children in the early years at a webinar on 25 January, 14:30-16:30
There is also a series of Opportunity Area insight guides available to read (Opportunity areas insight guides – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)). The most recently published insight guide on early years explores: West Somerset’s ‘Healthy Movers’, which develops children’s physical literacy and self-esteem; early speech, language and communication skills projects delivered in Norwich and in Derby’s most disadvantaged wards; professional development for early years practitioners on the North Yorkshire Coast; and creating a positive home learning environment in Oldham by building parents’ and carers’ knowledge and confidence to help their children read and write.
Sign up to the webinar (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/208657489167), read the insight guide (Opportunity areas insight guides – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)) or contact Opportunity.Areas@education.gov.uk for more information.