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Improving Opportunity Through Education

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What We Do

Oldham opportunity area (OA) was launched in 2017 as one of 12 OAs by the government to raise education standards. It brings together national and local government, education leaders, teachers, voluntary organisations and employers. Together, our goal is to ensure children and young people in the borough get the opportunities and support they need and deserve.

Our programme prioritises work on improving early years education, raising attainment, and helping young people develop essential life skills.

At the time the OA was launched, Oldham was ranked 294th out of 324 districts in the social mobility index and 34th most deprived out of 326 areas in England in the 2015 index of multiple deprivation. A quarter of state-funded secondary schools were rated ‘requires improvement’ or inadequate with too many children and young people in Oldham are falling behind, and disadvantaged pupils often making the least progress.

Progress has been made over the past three years towards our priorities but there’s still work to be done, which has led to an extension of the programme until 2021.  In this additional 12 month period, our priorities will remain the same with a focus on:

  • Improving outcomes in Early Years
  • Raising school standards and attainment through the launch of a new system-led school improvement model
  • Support for vulnerable learners; in particular, for their emotional health and mental wellbeing
  • Youth engagement, and progression pathways into HE and employment

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