Ambitious plans to raise education standards and broaden the horizons of young people in areas struggling with social mobility have been unveiled today (9 Oct) by the Education Secretary Justine Greening.
The Opportunity Area programme is a key part of the Education Secretary’s priority of tackling social mobility and improving opportunities for young people across the country. These 12 areas, identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’ – areas with both poor social mobility and schools that face challenges - will receive a share of £72 million to boost opportunities for young people in these communities.
Publication of plans for the first six Opportunity Areas - Blackpool, Derby, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Oldham and West Somerset - mark the first anniversary of the programme, following a year of collaboration between local educators, employers and voluntary and community organisations to set out the key areas for improvement. Plans for the remaining six areas, announced more recently, will be published by the end of the year.