Welcome to Oldham Opportunity Area

Improving Opportunity Through Education

Welcome to Oldham Opportunity Area, one of twelve OAs created to ensure all children are given the equal opportunity to progress onto bright futures.

Improving outcomes in early years

Raising school standards and attainment

Supporting vulnerable learners

Engaging with young people

Creating progression pathways

What We’re Doing

We’re collaborating with partners across schools, further and higher education settings throughout Oldham to build a bright future for local children. We’re particularly focused on preparing children for education and helping older pupils choose paths that are right for them.

We specifically aim to ensure all children are ready for school by the age of five, provide emotional wellbeing support for vulnerable learners, and engage with youth to create ways into higher education or employment.


Under 5s

We’re on a mission to ensure all children are ready for school by the age of 5.

Since the founding of the Opportunity Area programme, we’ve seen the good level of development achievement rate increase to 68.1% (in 2019). This has been achieved through a series of projects we have either organised or funded. Use the link before to discover what other projects are currently live or we have our pipeline.

Post 16

We’re helping prepare children for life, learning and work.

We aim to equip older children with the skills and support needed to progress into higher education or find suitable employment opportunities. This will be done with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing in the post-Covid era. Use the link below to read more about the projects we have planned.

See How We’re Doing

Please refer to our under 5s and post 16 pages to view project specifics, including forthcoming projects. You can also read our evaluation reports for specific progress information.

Evaluation reports

Keep Up To Date

We send regular updates via our newsletter and have a presence on social media. The fastest way to receive our latest news is to sign up for our email newsletter and follow us on Twitter.

Meet The Board

Meet the team the independent team that manages us and ensures we’re always doing our best for the children of Oldham.

Our board


The latest can all be found in our events calendar, including our leadership, literacy, and math events.

See events

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