What’s Next – Year 5

“This is great news for Norwich and our twinning partners in Great Yarmouth and Breckland. Education professionals have been working tirelessly to provide strong collective leadership to improve outcomes for local children, and this will stand Norwich in good stead as we emerge from the pandemic. I’m delighted we have another year to consolidate what’s been achieved, secure a strong legacy from the OA and share learning with others.”

Tim Coulson, Norwich Opportunity Area, Partnership Board Chair

Norwich Opportunity Area Year 5 Delivery Plan


  • Early Years: To consolidate support for early language and communication.
  • Inclusion: To strengthen school capacity to support vulnerable children with early intervention.
  • Transition: To help young people move successfully between phases of education.
  • Consolidating strong system leadership to support continuous improvement.

Please see below a summary of our projects and planned activity for 2021/2022

Improving Early Years speech, language and communication

  • Consolidating and expanding the Communications Champions model in schools and EY settings, aiming for universal coverage.
  • Extending Communication Champions support to agencies working with parents of 0-3 year olds (e.g. health workers) and leaders of parent & toddler groups.
  • Promote ‘50 things to do before you’re 5’ campaign

Supporting Children at risk of exclusion from school

  • Expansion of early intervention/provision in target schools, based on a city-wide plan and collaborative model of sharing capacity, expertise & places.
  • Launch the Norwich Inclusion Charter peer assessment framework and tool.
  • Continued strengthening of practitioner skills through training and support for the Inclusion Champion and Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) networks.
  • Development of a sustainable model of coaching for vulnerable Year 9-10s as they start KS4 and support family engagement for the most vulnerable pupils.

Successful Transitions

  • Joint transition week for all NOA secondaries expanded to Greater Norwich Area.
  • Support for reciprocal staff visits, transition network development and use of Common Transfer Document to share timely/accurate information between schools.
  • KS2-3 bridging project on literacy and learning behaviours with EEF & Research School; developing a sustainable community of practice (also KS1-2 transition).
  • Evaluation and refinement of Early Years transition resources including top tips and virtual tours to support families of children starting school and nursery.
  • Support and development of sustainable models to support post-16 transitions.
  • Careers Facilitator Network. Continued support for the network, embedding the culture of collaboration and schools’ links to employers.

Strong system leadership and networks to support continual improvement

  • Strengthen the implementation skills and capacity of targeted schools, training 10 Evidence Leaders in Education through the Research School, whilst training and developing implementation experts in 18 target schools.
  • Articulate and facilitate continued sharing of learning by expanding the online Learning Hub and network of project champions.
  • Consolidate system leadership by supporting headteacher groups and professional networks on EY, inclusion, disadvantage, transition & careers.
  • Strengthen youth voice in decision making by refreshing and embedding Norwich Youth Board and launching challenges to incentivise pupil participation.

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