Summer Holiday Activities Fund: Deadline 12th June

The Sunday Times’ 2019 Christmas Appeal, in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation, raised more than £1 million in donations from readers.  Norwich, as an area of poor social mobility, can access a proportion of this funding.

This funding is not part of the Norwich Opportunity Area programme.  NOA have offered to support by linking community organisations with schools, to create new partnerships and to identify students who will benefit the most from support.

We are inviting expressions of interest from voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies) or from schools. We are asking providers for ideas about how they could achieve the below outcomes within their community:

  • Provide a regular free decent meal for children in Norwich.
  • Provide take-away resources pupils could use at home to support their ongoing learning.
  • Provide engaging activities pupils can participate in over summer that they wouldn’t usually take part in (in line with social distancing measures as appropriate at that time).
  • Encourage (and provide resources/information to enable) pupils to engage in activities with their families that encourage them to learn something new, encourage healthy active lifestyles and explore the world around them.
  • Encourage and support pupils to take part in activities that encourage them to stay positive when things are uncertain, recognise how much they’ve learnt outside of school and build up their confidence about returning to formal learning. 

Providers are asked to complete an Expression of Interest Form and return via email to Katie White by Friday 12th June:

We will be in touch with all organisations who submit an EOI to discuss your ideas in more detail. We expect to make final funding decisions w/c 29th June.

What’s changed in the NOA?

On Tuesday 10th September, almost 100 local leaders attended a breakfast meeting to talk about what’s changed so far in the Norwich Opportunity Area.

The attendees included teachers, providers, school governors, local authorities and others passionate about improving education in Norwich. Most importantly, we heard directly from a group of Year 6 students about what’s important to them and what they think is good about education in Norwich.

Read our report about what’s changed in the Norwich Opportunity Area so far.

Norwich Opportunity Area Schools Mentoring kicks off in September

Your Own Place will be supporting students in three Norwich secondary schools from September.  Volunteer mentors will work with students in Year 11 as they plan their transition to what’s next.

Your Own Place, who have already trained over 150 mentors in Norfolk in the last 20 months, are seeking more volunteers who want to develop their own skills and help shape a young life.

Norwich has been identified as an Opportunity Area by the Department for Education because life chances for young people in the city are not equal.  In Norwich, much more than elsewhere in the country, young people’s outcomes are determined by their background.  Having a relationship with a mentor is shown to be particularly valuable in supporting students to feel confident and ambitious about the future.

Your Own Place Schools Mentoring is part of the Norwich Opportunity Area ambition to ensure young people have the information and support they need to move successfully between school, college, university and into work.

Volunteer mentors will complete a high-quality two-day training session and have access to support and a peer network of mentors through Your Own Place.

Trained mentors will be supported to meet a Year 11 student and have regular positive and aspiring conversations about their futures, the opportunities they have and their next steps.  Can you spare an hour a week?

Find out more here:  07530 028446

Have you seen the news about the importance of careers? Can you help?

We are looking for individuals of all backgrounds, careers and abilities to support schools in Norwich with careers and enterprise activities.

You can offer as much (or as little) time as you are able to take part in sessions with local schools. The BBC have recently reported on how important Careers lessons are and the impact sessions can have on improving GCSE grades. Employer engagement gives students tangible role models …

We rely on support from individuals who volunteer their time to provide students with real world experiences, share their expertise or career journey and inspire children of all ages about different types of careers. There are all sorts of different ways you could be involved!

1. Support Primary School World of Work Activities

Activities that support children to explore different types of jobs and industries start at Primary school. Evidence shows how important it is to start these conversations early and provide children with role models in all sorts of different careers. For younger year groups, often careers with a uniform work particularly well. We are looking for individuals to support enterprise days and curriculum sessions over the next few months – see full details here.

2. Take part in Careers & Enterprise events in Secondary schools

All secondary schools run a programme of careers activities throughout the academic year which involve bringing people from all sorts of backgrounds and careers into schools. You could take part in events ranging from Careers “speed dating”, Dragon’s Den activities, enterprise challenge sessions, being a guest speaker, supporting students to write a CV, sector specific workshops, mock interviews or all sorts of other activities!

Please contact Hannah Colledge to find out more, or contact your local school directly.

3. Volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser

Enterprise Advisers work strategically with senior leaders in schools and college to develop and enhance their business engagement plans. If you could share your business experience, strategic expertise and contacts from your network to support schools in Norwich we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Hannah Colledge to find out more.

Norwich students help shape future of education

Norwich student’s feedback their recommendations about improving education in Norwich learning from a trip to Southend-on-Sea

35 Norwich pupils from Year 7 to 12 took part in a trip to Southend-on-Sea to investigate the seaside town’s rapid rise in social mobility since 2016.

The kind of changes they want to see include more robust and consistently applied behaviour policies, building on the mutual respect between teachers and pupils and creating a shared responsibility for learning to help them make the most of every opportunity.

Norwich Opportunity Area (OA) Youth Board and local pupils reported back their findings to head teachers, the Norwich Opportunity Area (OA) Partnership Board, and representatives from the Department for Education on April 26th.