‘I am delighted that the government has recognised the value of the opportunity areas programme and is funding an extension into a fourth year. The programme has a strong emphasis on local leadership and freedom to design local solutions – well done and thank you to all who have given their time and energy so far. We know that the work to transform life chances is a long journey and we welcome a fourth year of the programme, and share a determination to use it to accelerate progress towards a more equitable society.’
Tim Coulson, Norwich Opportunity Area, Partnership Board Chair
News of the Year 4 funding was in the Eastern Daily Press on 17th July 2020. Please click here to read the article
Priority 1: Improving early speech, language, listening and communication
Continue to roll out and embed a universal approach to speech, language, and communication, increasing the impact of the OA Communication Champions project. Delivering a more targeted improvement programme for EY pre-school settings focused on speech, language and communication and closing the word gap.
Priority 2: School improvement – closing the disadvantage gap
- Targeted improvement for primaries where KS2 results are weakest
- Strengthening use of evidence-based practice, learning from continuing EBP in-school projects and funding “what works” as a rapid response funding pot post-Covid
- Use of 8 Evidence Leaders in Education training by the Norwich Research School as well as 14 Specialist Leaders in Education to share learning and support implementation of new projects
- Improving English and Maths outcomes for disadvantaged pupils at secondary school, through adapted models of the What A Difference A Day Makes programme
- RI/stuck schools to be “twinned” schools that we support. Match NOA School Leads/Champions to twin schools in Autumn 2020 with professional support, funded interventions in Spring and Summer 2021.
- Tutoring (catch up) throughout the year continuing from Summer 2020 work – Norwich Tutoring Academy developed from Sep 2020, looking to copy the NPP model to use recent UEA graduates to offer catch up tutoring to young people, and to address youth unemployment
- Capturing and sharing learning from OA investment, including creation of a best practice toolkit
Priority 3: Inclusion & Supporting Vulnerable Learners
Inclusive Culture & Curriculum – capture the best learning from offsite Alternative Provision that NOA schools have used during the last two years and offer a targeted grant pot to schools to strengthen in-school provision, in parallel with NCC’s AP & SEND transformation programme to support the highest excluding schools and the most vulnerable students.
Norwich Inclusion Charter – develop and trial the NIC framework, roll out across Norwich and extend to areas of Norfolk by summer 2021.
- Develop current Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) trained staff into an ELSA network and share learning from ELSA and other mental health evidence-based practice projects.
- Continue mental health support to families (Benjamin Foundation) and children (Young Minds).
- Clinical supervision support and training to improve mental health of school staff.
- Peer mentoring programme developed in-school.
Transition – Improve inclusion, attainment and wellbeing outcomes at the main transition points.
- A single transition week across all 50+ schools in the Greater Norwich area takes place each year. Schools can access curriculum bridging projects and communication resources, English & Maths projects scaled up and embedded further and plans for Year 5 Futures week continue.
- Careers facilitator network continues with a focus on ensuring successful transition for Year 10s/11s and sixth formers. Norwich pilot of support programme for 16-18s facing barriers to accessing employment-based progression routes given Covid and a new parent HE ambassador project learning from Ipswich OA.
- Learning from Early Years transition Covid-response project to embed successful elements in future years.