Our second Communication Champions Conference.

Wednesday 8th June 2022, The Halls, Norwich.

A fully funded, full day event focusing on the development of children’s early speech, language and communication skills. With guest speakers, workshops and exhibitors, this event is set to be bigger and better than our first Communication Champions Conference held at the John Innes Centre in 2019.

The Conference will be relevant for early years settings, primary schools and any professionals who work with children aged 0-5. Eventbrite link here

UEA Seminar – An evaluation of the Ipswich and Norwich Opportunity Areas

Monday 27th June 2022, University of East Anglia

The UEA has been commissioned to carry out an independent evaluation of the Ipswich and Norwich OA programmes.  This seminar is an opportunity to hear the key findings from UEA and hear their recommendations for future work.  The seminar will take place on Monday 27th June at UEA, 10-12 followed by a working lunch. 

This will be an opportunity for local discussion about the findings of the report.  Colleagues across the region from the education sector and local authorities are warmly invited to attend, as well as colleagues involved in supporting social mobility or strategic work to improve outcomes in the area.

To register an interest please email

NOA Celebration Afternoon Tea

Wednesday 6th July 2022, 3pm-5.30pm, John Innes Conference Centre, NR4 7UH

A fully funded afternoon event to celebrate what has been achieved through the Norwich Opportunity Area programme over the past 5 years and to say thank you to all of you who have been part of this journey.

All colleagues who have been part of our working groups and legacy teams, or network meetings are warmly welcome to attend, as well as all providers we have worked with and any supporters or interested parties who have been involved in the programme.

The afternoon will include a series of workshops, exhibitors and a presentation from our Chair, Tim Coulson, local leaders who have shaped the programme and young people from Norwich. More details and sign up can be found on our Eventbrite link here


The NOA Big Breakfast Sharing learning, legacy work and plans for Norwich beyond 2022.

23rd March 2022, 8am-12, The Nest, Norwich.

A fully funded event for Headteachers, legacy team members and key partners.

Sessions aim to share learning and impact from OA funded projects in schools and to ensure all local schools have the opportunity to contribute to the NOA legacy plans and what comes next.

Greater Norwich Opportunities Fair

Post 16 Options Event for Year 11 students (& parents): Wednesday 6th October 2021

A repeat of the successful Year 11 Fair held at NCFC in 2019, this is an event for Year 11 students to learn about education and employment options after GCSEs, including apprenticeships and T levels. Students will get the chance to meet people from different organisations – sixth forms, colleges, other educational routes, as well as employers – who can explain what they offer and answer your questions.

Norwich Opportunity Area School Librarian training from the Education Library Service

This 90 minute session will introduce attendees to the range of resources available from Norfolk Libraries including eBooks, eAudio, PressReader and navigating the Libby App, giving staff the skills and confidence to advise children and young people on how to use these to maximum effect.

There are 10 places available on each of the dates below, which will be delivered remotely via Zoom. A link to the training session will be sent out closer to the time.

  • Monday 18th October: 4-5.30pm (after school twilight session)
  • Wednesday 20th October: 10-11.30am

To book a place, please email with the subject ‘NOA Training’ stating which of the sessions you would like to attend.

Sharing Learning Hub Launch

Thursday 30th September – 3.30-4.30 on ZOOM

You are invited to join us for the launch of the Ipswich and Norwich Opportunity Areas Sharing Learning Hub. The hub is a platform to capture the learning and insights of 5 years of opportunity area investment in Ipswich and Norwich, with case studies, evaluations, tips, insights, CPD and practical resources from the schools, settings, colleges and partner organisations that have made up these two OAs.

Alongside the wealth of resources local Evidence Leads in Education and champions in local settings can add value to schools interested in implementing successful approaches. Please do join us to find out more about how you can use the Hub as a local resource, contribute your own projects and how we can use the Hub as a powerful tool for collaborative local support between education settings. Zoom link here

Admissions Events 

Parents of any NOA primary school including those new to transition through twinning, are invited to our admissions events.  Devised to improve parent engagement in the transition process, every Norwich high school is invited to take part in the following events:  It is a really good opportunity to explain your school’s admission policy in person and invite parents to your Open Evenings later in the term.

Silver Road Community Centre, Silver Road, Norwich NR3 4TB – Tuesday 21st September 3pm-4.15pm.

The Phoenix Centre, 132A Mile Cross Rd, Upper Hellesdon, Norwich NR3 2LD- Wednesday 22nd Sept 3.30pm-5.30pm.

 Harford Community Centre, 10 The Lastings, Hall Rd, Norwich NR4 6ET (Park at ASDA)- Thursday 23rd Sept 3pm-4.30pm.

High schools: Please email Emma van Deventer to confirm your attendance no later than Friday 17th September –

Promotional resources for Y6 Admissions Events:

Transitions Open Event – A5 Flyer (download)

Transitions Open Event – Banner (download)

Transitions Open Event – Video Banner (download)

Primary School Information Event

29th September 2021 3.30pm – 4.15pm

If you are a primary school and your students go on to any of the following secondaries, please join us for an informal online meeting to find out about the resources and opportunities available to you.  NOA is broadening its remit to include many more greater Norwich schools as part of our twinning programme next year, so don’t miss out.  Email Emma van Deventer for your invitation –

City Academy, City of Norwich School, The Hewett Academy, Hellesdon High, Jane Austen College, Notre Dame High, Open Academy, Ormiston Victory, Sewell Park Academy, Sprowston High, Thorpe High.

Norwich and Ipswich Sharing Learning Week

28th June — 2nd July 2021

Colleagues from Norwich and Ipswich will share learning from some of our key projects in bitesize webinars across the week.

Norwich and Ipswich Sharing Learning Hub

The Norwich and Ipswich Opportunity Area teams have been developing an online space to capture the Big Ideas of the last four years in both OAs, with case studies and examples to showcase the learning of schools, colleges, settings and partner organisations. This hub will be a valuable resource for networks and practitioners, as well as useful learning for colleagues across Norfolk and Suffolk who are keen to understand how many of the OA initiatives have been implemented, and their impact.  The hub will go fully live in Autumn, however we are keen to start capturing some of the stories and journeys now, and will showcase some of the key learning and introduce the hub as a platform in “Sharing Learning Week” : 28th June — 2nd July.

Colleagues from Norwich and Ipswich will share learning from some of our key projects in bitesize webinars across the week. Look out for the schedule in inboxes soon, with a taster below.

Secondary School & College Virtual Open Evenings 2020

2020 Greater Norwich Opportunities Fair

Our 2020 Greater Norwich Opportunities Fair is on Instagram this year. Follow us over on our careers page @noa_careers_ on 7th October 2020 at 3pm.

Join us LIVE to have the opportunity to talk to the providers, ask questions and get the most up to date information on post 16 options.

NOA: Funding The Future Conference

10th March 2020, 2.30-5.30pm, The Space

Norwich Opportunity Area warmly invite you to attend our free conference on all things funding to ensure the legacy of your work now, and into the future. Simple, hands on sessions walk you through the ways and means to successfully gain funding for new and continuing projects and will help you make it part of the way your school does business. Can you afford not to?

Who should attend? Successful bids are a team effort – strategic fit, bid writing and admin skills, and the practitioner’s view on implementation

School leaders – Find out about local priorities that could attract funding, be a basis for collaborative bids and align with your school’s improvement plan

Business/finance managers and staff – Get tips on bid writing, see exemplars of successful applications and plan resourcing for successful implementation, evaluation and reporting

Practitioners eg Communication Champions/ Inclusion Champions/ SENCOs –  consider how best to choose the interventions that will fit your school and curriculum, and hear about the challenges of implementation

Places can be booked on Eventbrite here- Or email Claire Sparrow: For any questions please contact Emma Van Deventer

Communication Champions Conference 2020

Join us at our fully funded, full day event focusing on the development of children’s early speech, language and communication skills. Registration details to follow shortly.

Transition: A Fresh Approach in the Norwich Opportunity Area

We have an ambitious plan to coordinate a city-wide transition in 2020, with a significant investment of NOA funding to support schools to collaborate and determine “what works” in terms of excellent transition.

To book:

Norwich Opportunity Area Inclusion Charter Conference. “An inclusive culture”

Monday 19th November 2018. 15:00-18:00

This is an event for schools and partners involved in the Norwich Opportunity Area. It will feature a keynote presentation from Deborah Page, Principal Educational Psychologist / Head of Service from Derbyshire council on findings of their research into the impact of school culture on exclusion. There will also be workshops from a range of providers of whole school approaches to inclusion, which could be funded through the Inclusion Charter programme.

For more information or venue details please contact or book your place on Eventbrite-

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