New Year News

As we head into the New Year, Derby OA programmes are well underway and we’re starting to hear positive feedback from participating schools and the programme providers.
Work has started on the Secondary Family Engagement Programme and plans are in place this term for a number of schools to be involved in an English as an Additional Language Careers Fair and a Family Learning programme in the local community. Selected families will be invited to attend and work on engaging with the schools and their child’s learning journey. Funding has also been approved for the Primary Family Engagement programme with meetings underway to shape an action plan for the coming terms.
A Mobility Support Worker has now been recruited to support the Targeted Student Support work. She is based at Landau Forte College but will be spending a lot of time in schools with young people and their families to try and reduce the amount of students changing secondary placements during KS4.
All schools should now have received an email newsletter from the co-ordinator of the Emotionally Healthy Schools Programme. This newsletter outlines exciting opportunities for free training for designated mental health leads and the chance to help develop the online web portal.
The Primary Business Links proposal was approved by the OA board and is live on the council website. The tender seeks an organisation to work in partnership with primary schools to develop a programme of employer engagement and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn about the world of work. The application deadline is 3rd February:
95% of eligible schools have taken up the offer of Essential Life Skills funding and many have already started to put the funding to good use. The Derby County Community Trust lead ELS programme, ‘This Is Derby’ kicked off last year, with activity set to ramp up over the coming months. The programme is being delivered across 10 hubs and provides pupils opportunity to develop life skills such as resilience and team work through sport, art and cultural activity.
Derby Research School have two leadership training opportunities available this term, which is free for participating schools:
• Leading Learning, which uses evidence based practice to enhance teaching and learning, and;
• Effective Use and Evaluation of the Pupil Premium, which provides a chance to develop, implement and review an evidence based high impact Pupil Premium strategy and framework
Lastly, The Secretary of State previously announced a new free website to advertise school vacancies. The website is now live here: and has been rolled out across the East Midlands and Humber.

To find out more information about any of the programmes in this update, or how to get involved, email

There’s a host of activity happening over the coming year and we look forward to continuing work with partners to improve social mobility across Derby. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019.

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