Sharing Learning

LinkBIG is our online learning hub and its aim is to make sure that no child or young person in our area ever gets left behind again.

Through the shared learning of a concerned, connected community of leaders, teachers and educational practitioners who believe in new approaches to key priorities, we want to help children and young people across the Eastern Region unlock their potential and improve their chances in life. Without you and your continued input and interaction with LinkBIG the past five years of shared learning risks being lost. LinkBIG is future-focussed, building on the achievements of the Opportunity Area programme and showcases proven, proactive approaches that are focussed on helping children and young people.   

Search and filter your favourite Big Ideas
Learn from our experiences of implementing new approaches  
Collaborate with other settings on projects

Becoming a member will allow you to comment and ask questions about our Big Ideas and associated Case Studies. You will also be able to make contact with fellow members allowing you to make better connections.

If you would like any further information about LinkBIG please contact David Ladbrook, Eastern Opportunity Areas Sharing Learning Lead


The Ipswich, Norwich and Fenland & East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area teams have been developing an online space to capture the Big Ideas of the last four years across the three OAs, with case studies, resources and examples to showcase the learning of schools, colleges, settings and partner organisations.

Take a look at just some of the projects that schools, colleges and settings have been involved with in their OA:

This hub will be a valuable resource for the networks and practitioners in these places, as well as useful learning for colleagues across the region who are keen to understand how many of the Opportunity Area initiatives in East Anglia have been implemented, and the impact that they have had.

To share your work please contact David Ladbrook, Sharing Learning Lead:

Take a look at David’s walk through of the Sharing Learning Hub – how it works and why you should share your case studies:

Take a look at our digital book Your Guide to the Eastern Opportunity Area Sharing Learning Hub:

Some of our projects have been shared nationally and can be found on the Insight Guides page on Opportunity areas insight guides – GOV.UK (

This includes a showcase of the Norwich Careers Facilitator network in the Careers Insight Guide. Our very own Katrina Temple, Careers Lead at City Academy Norwich represented CAN, the NOA and the network at a national webinar on place-based working in careers education to share her experiences alongside key representatives across the country.

The Early Years Insight Guide has also been published. This features our Norwich Communication Champions initiative.

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: Webinars

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