Welcome to the Derby Opportunity Area website

What are Opportunity Areas?

Opportunity areas (OAs) are social mobility cold spots where the Department for Education (DfE) is prioritising resources, and bringing local and national partners together, to break the link between a child’s family background and where they get to in life. The core objective is to improve outcomes for children and young people from early years through to employment.

Derby was announced as an Opportunity Area in October 2016.

Our aim is to improve social mobility by raising educational standards from early years, through school and beyond, providing every child and young person in the area with the chance to reach their full potential in life. To achieve this, we have set three priorities:

  • Early Years – to increase the number of children achieving a good level of development in the early years.
  • School Improvement – Raise attainment in our primary and secondary schools.
  • Broadening Horizons – Ensure all our children benefit from a broad range of experiences throughout their school lives.

Underpinning the plan are two additional themes: mental health and transitions and pathways.

Want to find out more? Read our delivery plan.