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Opportunity areas

Policy paper

Blackpool opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-808-4

PDF, 2.33 MB, 32 pages

Bradford opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-861-9

PDF, 1.7 MB, 44 pages

Derby opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-809-1

PDF, 1.77 MB, 32 pages

Doncaster opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-862-6

PDF, 2.52 MB, 56 pages

Fenland and East Cambridgeshire opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-863-3

PDF, 3.57 MB, 40 pages

Hastings opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-864-0

PDF, 2.52 MB, 44 pages

Ipswich opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-865-7

PDF, 2.51 MB, 40 pages

North Yorkshire Coast opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-811-4

PDF, 9 MB, 42 pages

Norwich opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-810-7

PDF, 3.45 MB, 34 pages

Oldham opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-812-1

PDF, 5.16 MB, 38 pages

Stoke-on-Trent opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-866-4

PDF, 4.22 MB, 56 pages

West Somerset opportunity area: delivery plan

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-813-8

PDF, 3.31 MB, 36 pages

Opportunity areas (OAs) are an important part of the government’s plan for improving social mobility through education. They were described in the policy paper Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential.

From September 2022, the opportunity areas programme will end and the areas will become 12 of the 24 priority education investment areas. The Schools White Paper, Opportunity for all, announced new interventions for these areas which will help our mission to level up and improve educational attainment, with a focus on making the greatest progress in the areas with the most entrenched underperformance.

The 12 opportunity areas are:

West Somerset
Norwich
Blackpool
North Yorkshire coast
Derby
Oldham
Bradford
Doncaster
Fenland and East Cambridgeshire
Hastings
Ipswich
Stoke-on-Trent

Delivery plans

The delivery plans for the 12 opportunity areas outline how we planned to build young people’s knowledge and skills and provide them with the best advice and opportunities.

Selection methodology

The selection methodology explains how we decided which areas would be classified as ‘opportunity areas’.

The selection data spreadsheet presents the data which we originally considered when identifying the areas in greatest need.

Lessons learnt

One of the main objectives of the OA programme was to share learning from the OAs to inform future policy as well as activity in other areas.

Lessons learnt can be found in:

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