NPQ Provider Information

NPQ scholarship funding has been confirmed for the whole of the 2019/20 financial year (April 2019 to March 2020).

This means that:
Based on previous recruitment numbers, DfE will continue to fund the full offer up to the end of March 2020.
The eligibility criteria remain unchanged, i.e. participants working in a category 5 or 6 area, and those working in MATs or dioceses which cover those areas, will be eligible.

Opportunity Areas will continue to take priority.

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Please see our latest tender opportunities-

Community Communication Champions Evaluation & Consultancy

To support parents, Norwich OA have developed a strategy to support families with home learning.  This has included recruiting a team of Community Communication Champions who each work with a target ward in Norwich: University, Wensum, Mile Cross and Catton Grove.  Champions support neighbourhoods in each of these four wards and make introductions with parents least likely to engage with support and encourage/accompany them to group speech and language sessions in their local area.  Champions also provide resources, run group sessions within target neighbourhoods and link with local resources and support to stimulate language development in early years. We are looking for a provider to complete an evaluation of this innovative work.  The purpose of this evaluation and consultancy support is primarily to determine what difference the home learning interventions have made, and whether children and parents who have been involved in the activities feel and/or derive any benefit from them.

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The following opportunities are now closed-

We are looking for providers who can work with primary schools to set up and deliver a programme of regular engagement activities for parents and community members.  Activities will engage parents in conversations around aspirations for their children and approaches they can take to talk about the variety of careers options at home.

Support for children who are at risk of exclusion-

We are looking for providers that can offer short term alternative provision to children from infant schools up to secondary schools that are at risk of exclusion, and require a short intervention away from school to help them reintegrate in the long term.  Schools and organisations within and outside the Opportunity Area that can offer suitable provision are welcome to apply.

Support for families of children at risk of exclusion-

We are looking for a provider to advise and support families in approaches to help their child when they find the school environment and expectations challenging; and to help develop more positive relationships between school and home where these have broken down

Application to be included on a preferred list of Providers to deliver World of Work Programmes-

Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds visits Norwich.

The Education Secretary was in Norwich to reflect on the work of the Opportunity Area in the first year of delivery. His visit started with a tour of City College, speaking to students, and finding out about roll out of the new T level qualifications.

He then met with representatives from the Partnership and Youth Boards to discuss the challenges and learning from the first year of delivery and hear about priorities for the next two years.  He was particularly interested in plans for increased parental engagement.

Stuart Allen, Headteacher at Mile Cross primary stressed the importance of having outstanding teachers in front of classes in order to build on improving results at KS1 & KS2 and addressing the increasingly challenging early speech and language issues young children entering school demonstrate through the Communication Champions network.

Alan Hopley, CEO of Voluntary Norfolk, said that he was proud of the positive collaboration taking place but “there are still challenges that suggest there is work to be done, but the Inclusion Charter gives us the mechanism to start doing that.

Shannon and Molly, Youth Board students from The Hewett Academy spoke to him about their recently approved project to provide employability workshops for parents with English as an additional language alongside creativity and resilience workshops for their children.

youth board

Finally, he met with representatives from our Cornerstones Employers at a meeting chaired by Brian Lightman, board member of the Careers and Enterprise Company, at Aviva’s marble hall, to explore their role in in supporting and preparing young people across the Opportunity Area for the fast-changing world for work.

Young Aviva apprentice Callum Penny who was a great ambassador for young apprentices and talked about the value of local employers creating meaningful opportunities for young people.

Jasmine, Lauren, Ryan and Will travelled up to Westminster to give a presentation to ministers on what it means to be a young person in an Opportunity Area.  Ryan and Jasmine shared their own stories of the challenges that can be typical for young people in an OA, overcoming parent bereavement, coping with SEN and disability, and navigating the different pathways to a successful career.  Lauren and Will highlighted the important role of educators, youth workers and employers in providing the support young people need to overcome barriers to success.


Indra Morris, Director General for Children’s Social Care, Social Mobility and Disadvantage at DfE, said “For me the evening belonged to the young people from Norwich. They spoke about their lives, their challenges, their triumphs, what the OA meant to them and how they were actively shaping it”