Our Learning

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. Find out how- here

We showcased some of the key learning in our “Sharing Learning Week” in July. Colleagues from Norwich and Ipswich shared learning from some of our key projects in webinars across the week. They were all recorded and you can watch them here:

Inclusion (Webinars from Monday 28th June)

English Curriculum Bridging Project – Primary Schools. Hear about resources for primary schools to support Year 6 students with transition to secondary school, from teachers who created the resources. Watch here

Norwich Inclusion Charter & Assessment tool. Learn about the Inclusion Charter that Norwich primary and secondary schools have signed up to, and the new Assessment Tool designed to help schools self assess their practice. Watch here

EAL Support within the IOA. This session will look at the work we carry out in the IOA. Specific, culturally sensitive support for families whose first language is not English. This includes English Lessons for EAL parents and Translation services which are available to all schools and settings within the IOA. Watch here

English Curriculum Bridging Project -Secondary Schools. Hear about resources for secondary schools to support new Year 7 students with their transition, from teachers who
created the resources. Watch here

TA Network. The Suffolk TA Network promotes and supports the work of teaching assistants across the county through a range of training and networking opportunities.
Come and find out how we enhance the professional development of this essential workforce. Watch here

Info sharing for Y6-7 transition. Hear from schools in Norwich who created the information sharing document for all schools to use at transition. Watch here

Mental Health and Wellbeing (Webinars from Tuesday 29th June)

Supporting Young Carers – Hear about approaches to identify and support young carers in your school Watch here

ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) Hear from Sheila Burton, the founder of the ELSA approach about how to embed within your school Watch here

Thrive Approaches. Hear how the THRIVE approach has been rolled out and embedded at Wensum Junior School. Watch here

My Health My Future – Voices of young people and their wellbeing. Learn how to use the data from the HealthWatch surveys to ensure you have the students voice in your Wellbeing work. Watch here

Raising Attainment and Achievement (Webinars from Wednesday 30th June)

Memoirs of a Remote Learning Support Assistant. My experiences of supporting families
with home learning in lockdown. Watch here

Remote Teaching Champions & Approaches to Blended Learning. Learn about a range of approaches used to deliver blended learning in primary schools during Covid and plans
to continue with these approaches. Watch here

Collaborative projects to improve GCSE attainment. Learn about targeted approaches to
improve GCSE Maths & English attainment, across a group of schools. Watch here

KS3 maths interventions to help develop independent learners. This session will explain how to use the free resources on the Ipswich Maths website to help develop independent
learning in KS3 students which will then help them know how to revise better for GCSE maths (again using free resources on the website). Watch here

The Power of Mentoring. Learn more about the impact of mentoring for the mentor and the impact for students on achievement and attainment. Watch here

The Early Years (Webinars from Thursday 1st July)

Building an Early Years network to support speech and language. Hear about how the North Norwich Communication Hub and practitioner network was developed. Watch here

Early Years Foundation Stage— Reforms. Learn more about the EYFS reforms and what this means for your setting. Watch here

50 things to do before you’re 5 campaign. Learn about a new initiative to encourage parents to improve their home learning environment and develop children’s oracy skills and confidence. Watch here

Supporting parents with SLCN & Starting School. Hear about resources, information and
virtual tours created by NOA to support parents. Watch here

Making the most of EY virtual tours. Advice about how to use, market and promote your NOA funded virtual tour for parents. Watch here

Careers and Aspirations (Webinars from Friday 2nd July)

Primary World Of Work. Learn some ideas around how to deliver world of work activities within your Primary school. Watch here

Parent and Carer Ambassador Scheme. Learn about approaches to engage parents with conversations about HE Watch here

NEACO – Supporting Students into HE. Hear from two Higher Education Champions on the programme to date, successes and learning and what is in the future for the programme Watch here

Gatsby Benchmark 4: Tools for implementing and linking curriculum to careers. Watch here