Find your future in digital

As part of their Oldham Digital Skills Programme, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation have an amazing online opportunity running on Wednesday 15 July, from 11am – 12pm. The session is for young women from Oldham aged 13-25 alongside their partners Manchester Digital and Oldham Opportunity Area. 

This is an online ‘ask me anything’ style session; young women will be matched with some of Manchester Digital’s Role Models (professional women working across Greater Manchester in Digital/Tech industries) for a series of quick-fire, group video chats. Participants can ask them about their personal journey, career highs, false starts & challenges. They’ll hear about the many opportunities available to them with a career in the tech or digital sector and leave feeling inspired & empowered about their future. 

Amazingly Manchester Digital have had to turn down some of their pro role models for this event; too many wanted to sign up and support young women from Oldham!! 

There are only a few places left so visit the Eventbrite page to register!

‘Kindness and Gratitude’ week

Hi everyone!

We appreciate that the last week has been particularly challenging, especially for our primary school colleagues, and we would once again like to remind you of our support and availability for you whenever it is required. 

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, supported by the Mental Health Foundation, who have chosen the theme of ‘Kindness’.  We have based this week’s theme upon this, and also incorporated gratitude, which goes hand in hand with kindness, both to others and to ourselves.  Over the next week we will be tweeting about resources and ideas as well as sharing the amazing work going on in our Oldham settings.  Please keep us posted!

Our document for this week is at the bottom of this post.  In response to queries we have produced one version with all elements in, and one which does not contain sections pertaining only to staff, enabling you to share more easily.  As always, if you require anything in addition please let us know.

We’d also like to remind you that Wednesday this week (20th May) is national ‘Thank a Teacher’ day and we would encourage you to find little ways to celebrate this within your setting for staff, pupils and parents to take part.    There is a set of resources for you to use including a Thank a Teacher toolkit, which contains graphics, images and frames for social media. On the day, there is a national website where positive messages can be published.

Important update – free online courses for Oldham parents

These courses are for everyone who wants to be the best mum, dad, grandparent, carer that they can be. Parents and carers are dealing with new issues as a result of lockdown and these courses may help resolve or at least help to look at the reasons behind the behaviour changes going on.

The courses are:

  • Understanding your pregnancy birth labour and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child

To access, visit You will need an Oldham postcode. School staff wanting to take up on the offer should use their school postcode. The access code for the courses is DAISY. Any questions, please contact:

We hope you manage to have as restful a half-term as possible.  Keep safe and as always we look forward to seeing you (even virtually) soon.

Natalie, Chrissy & Aimee

‘Supporting Emotional Wellbeing’ Week

We hope you all had a restful long weekend!

Our theme for this week is ‘Supporting Emotional Wellbeing’. We understand that the times we are finding ourselves in are unlike any other. As a result, we may be finding that our wellbeing is affected.

We’ve put together an Emotional Wellbeing document (link at the bottom of this paragraph) with further information on how, as staff, you can look after your own wellbeing and also how you can look after children’s emotional wellbeing during this time. There is also guidance on how parents can support young people at home. We’d like to draw your attention to the Catch it, Check it, Change it framework over the final pages. This is a fantastic way for children, parents and staff to see how their thoughts influence their wellbeing. If it would be helpful to receive this as worksheets or any other format please contact your advisor.

We hope you find the information and resources useful, and as ever, if you need any further clarification, please contact us. We are working hard to provide wellbeing support from afar so if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

Later in the week, we will be sending out information on our parents’ programme run by Bounce Forward. Their ‘raise resilience’ parent training is an example of how you can support your parents to achieve this. Over 100 Oldham parents have already completed the course, with a further 152 parents currently taking part in cohort 2. Cohort 3 will start on Monday 18th May. The feedback has been really positive:

“The course was really interesting and I enjoyed it. It boosted my confidence and gave me strength and helped me to deal or to handle my children during this period”

“I found the parental resilience course helpful and useful . Giving us useful tips specially in this hard time. When everyone is finding it difficult to cope with day to day life. And managing kids has never felt so difficult. It gave us tactics to deal with difficult situations with a positive approach”

More details will follow, but you can also check out

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. The theme is ‘kindness’ so our theme will focus on kindness and gratitude. As always, we are keen to hear what is happening on the ground. If you have any ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ or things you are grateful for, please let us know! We love to share what our Oldham staff are saying. We will send out resources for staff, parents and children; however, if you want to have a look beforehand, is a great resource.

Finally, for all schools involved in the Responsive Schools Programme and supervision in schools. We are currently in discussions about the final training but this will not take place until next academic year. Please remember that remaining one-to-one supervision sessions must be accessed this academic year, and we will keep you updated with future plans for the project. Also do not forget about the extended provision for any staff within your setting.

Stay safe
Natalie, Chrissy & Aimee (Wellbeing Team)

** CANCELLED** Aspirant Leader Programme – Network Event – 25th March 2020

Patsy Kane OBE will be the key speaker at the next Aspirant Leaders event on 25th March 2020 at The White Hart, Lydgate, Oldham 4-6pm.

Book your place via Eventbrite

Date and Time
Wed, 25 March 2020
16:00 – 18:00

The White Hart Inn at Lydgate
51 Stockport Road

**CANCELLED** – Peer to Peer Review Pilot – 21st April 2020

We are pleased to announce that Oldham Opportunity Area has secured funding to provide up to 24 schools with the opportunity to participate in a Peer to Peer Review Pilot with the Education Development Trust.

Join us on for a initial breakfast briefing on 21st April 8.30am-10am at the Civic Centre to share further information.

Please register using the following Eventbrite

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Date: 21 April 2020
Time: 08:30 -10:00
Location: Oldham Civic Centre – Lees Suite

SPP programme summary 2018-19 – from Sep 18