Published: 5th Nov 2019

Ministers have announced the Opportunity Area programme, which funds additional education services in disadvantaged areas is to be extended for another year. As the run-up to the December General Election continues, education secretary Gavin Williamson announced yesterday that the programme will now be extended until August 2021 with an additional £18m of funding. The programme has been operating since 2017 in 12 ‘Opportunity Areas’ across the country – Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, North Yorkshire Coast, West Somerset, Bradford, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich and Stoke-on-Trent. These areas were chosen because they face some of the most entrenched obstacles to social mobility and were set up to improve outcomes and increase opportunities for all young people in these areas. The programme has been used to fund courses to help young people in the areas develop life skills like resilience, teamwork and problem solving. Schemes put in place to improve … (To read the full article, subscribe below)