A priority for the fifth year of the Opportunity Area programme is to share some of our projects that have the most promise with other areas of Norfolk that face similar challenges to Norwich. To achieve this, we have set up “twinning” projects in a few areas outside of Norwich. In addition, some Opportunity Areas from other parts of the country are now “twinning” with Norwich.

Inclusion Charter. Twinned area – Great Yarmouth

Supporting extension and sharing learning of the Inclusion Charter to seven secondary schools serving 5,500 pupils in the Great Yarmouth area. The goal is to strengthen inclusive practice, build positive collaboration and expand in-house provision.

Great Yarmouth info here

Communication Champions. Twinned area – Breckland

Creating a network of Communication Champions (CC) and a CC Hub in Breckland, building on the Norwich model. We will offer CC training and resources to 100 schools and settings. This project covers the Swaffham, Dereham and Thetford areas of Breckland.

Breckland info here

Transition. Twinned area – Greater Norwich

Expanding transition work to targeted schools in the Greater Norwich Area, building on positive momentum and relationships created in Norwich so far to ensure a smooth transition for Norwich pupils as they move between different phases of education, and a more resilient city-wide approach.

Greater Norwich info here

Glasses in Classes. Twinned area – Norwich & Breckland

Glasses in Classes is a trial developed in Bradford Opportunity Area which has been extended as a pathfinder project to Norwich and Breckland. The intervention aims to ensure children who need glasses have them and use them in school, leading to improved literacy outcomes for disadvantaged children and more integrated local services.

The project works by sharing routine vision screening information between health agencies and schools. Children in the pilot project received a second free pair of glasses to be kept in school and a trained vision coordinator (usually a teaching assistant) was informed which children required glasses.  They were then able to support the child to wear them in class. Full details of the local project will be shared shortly with schools who have signed up .

A summary of the project is here

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