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Oldham opportunity area (OA) was launched 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.

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 are rated ‘requires improvement’ or inadequate and too many children and young people in Oldham are falling behind, with disadvantaged pupils often making the least progress.