Our report “Sustaining Opportunities – What’s Changed in the Ipswich Opportunity Area?” outlines the impact of the Opportunity Area programme since the programme started in 2017, including our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sharing Learning

The Ipswich, Norwich and Fenland & East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area teams have been developing an online space to capture the Big Ideas of the last four years across the three OAs, with case studies, resources and examples to showcase the learning of schools, colleges, settings and partner organisations.

This hub will be a valuable resource for the networks and practitioners in both places, as well as useful learning for colleagues across the region who are keen to understand how many of the Opportunity Area initiatives in East Anglia have been implemented, and the impact that they have had.

The hub will go live in Spring 2022, however we are keen to continue capturing case studies of what has worked in the Opportunity Areas. To share your work please contact David Ladbrook, Sharing Learning Lead:

National evaluations

The Department for Education is conducting a range of evaluation approaches to look at the impact of Opportunity Area Investment. A series of insight guides and evaluations will be published over 2021 and 2022. You can keep up to date here, and find published insight guides below:

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