Norwich Opportunity Area

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We are pleased to be a partner in the Norwich Opportunity Area initiative with the Department for Education.

Norwich was identified as one of 12 Opportunity Areas in October 2016 by Education Secretary Justine Greening to improve social mobility:

“Opportunity areas will help local children get the best start in life, no matter what their background. Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. We will focus not just on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

The Norwich Opportunity Area is a network of local partners collaborating on coordinated activities to increase social mobility in Norwich.  A Partnership Board has been established to act as strategic coordinator of activities around four key strands of focus by creating working groups to represent the required expertise:

1 – Improving speech and communication in the early years so that children have the best chance as they start school

2 – Improving teaching and attainment, from primary school through to age 18, so that young people gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need for the next stage of their life

3 – Advice on careers and working life, supporting and informing young people in key decisions around qualifications and skills needed at important transition points, enabling them to get on the right path to their chosen career

4 – Reducing the number of children at risk of exclusion and disengagement from education, by supporting them to overcome the problems that lead to social immobility.

New Anglia LEP is pleased to have our Chief Executive, Chris Starkie, on the Partnership Board, and leading on the Advice Transitions and destinations working group.  We hope that the Norwich Opportunity Area will enable all young people in Norwich to achieve their potential, regardless of background, so that they can help us to transform Norfolk into a global centre for talent and innovation.

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Read the Norwich Opportunity Area delivery plan

Case Study: The Wherry School

“The support we are receiving from local Opportunity Area officers and advisers, even so early into the story of our school, will strengthen our children and young people’s confidence about their own futures.”

-Rachel Quick, Principal of The Wherry School