Policy paper

Social mobility and opportunity areas

Delivery plans for the 12 opportunity areas, and the methodology and data used to select them.


Blackpool opportunity area: delivery plan

Bradford opportunity area: delivery plan

Derby opportunity area: delivery plan

Doncaster opportunity area: delivery plan

Fenland and East Cambridgeshire opportunity area: delivery plan

Hastings opportunity area: delivery plan

Ipswich opportunity area: delivery plan

North Yorkshire Coast opportunity area: delivery plan

Norwich opportunity area: delivery plan

Oldham opportunity area: delivery plan

Stoke-on-Trent opportunity area: delivery plan

West Somerset opportunity area: delivery plan

Opportunity areas selection data

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The delivery plans for the 12 opportunity areas outline how we plan to build young people’s knowledge and skills and provide them with the best advice and opportunities.

The selection methodology explains how we decided which areas would be classified as ‘opportunity areas’.

The selection data spreadsheet presents the data which we originally considered when identifying the areas in greatest need.

The 12 opportunity areas are:

We announced the first 6 opportunity areas in October 2016 and the second 6 in January 2017.

Opportunity areas analysis and evaluation

Learn how we are evaluating the success of the opportunity area programme, and helping other parts of the country benefit from our findings.

Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential

Opportunity areas are part of the government’s national plan for dealing with social mobility through education. The plan - Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential - is a policy paper which sets out how we will remove obstacles that could stop people from achieving their potential.

Published 9 October 2017
Last updated 20 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added links to websites for Norwich, Blackpool, Bradford and Doncaster.

  2. Added links to the pages for West Somerset, Derby, Oldham, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire and Ipswich.

  3. Added a link to the North Yorkshire coast website.

  4. Added 6 new opportunity area delivery plans.

  5. Norwich: updated missing information on Dr. Tim Coulson, Chair of the Norwich partnership board on page 15. Blackpool: amended the graph showing the percentage of pupils in schools by Ofsted rating (January 2017) on page 20.

  6. First published.