The Opportunity Areas (OAs) programme aims to increase social mobility by investing £72 million (2017-2020) for 12 OAs to address entrenched and widespread educational challenges in areas of multiple social and economic disadvantage. OAs foster cross-sector collaboration between early years providers, schools, colleges, universities, employers, charities and local authorities. OAs’ delivery plans describe local barriers to achievement and set out an improvement vision, priorities, targets and actions to provide opportunities for children and young people.
A consortium comprising York Consulting (lead partner), NFER, New Economics Foundation Consulting and University of Leeds has been commissioned to evaluate the impact of OAs.
The mixed-methods evaluation has four strands:
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