Policy paper

Social mobility and opportunity areas

Delivery plans for the first 6 opportunity areas, and the methodology and data used to select the 12 opportunity areas.


Opportunity areas selection data

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The delivery plans for the first 6 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:

  • West Somerset
  • Norwich
  • Blackpool
  • North Yorkshire coast
  • Derby
  • Oldham
  • Bradford
  • Doncaster
  • Fenland and East Cambridgeshire
  • Hastings
  • Ipswich
  • Stoke-on-Trent

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