Doncaster schools receive Social Mobility Opportunity Area funding boost

Young people across Doncaster are set to benefit from new funding aimed at supporting schools and offering them better opportunities to help them achieve their full potential.

Today (19 January 2017), the Government has published the Doncaster Opportunity Area Plan which details that schools in the borough are set to benefit from a share of £25million which will help pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said:

“This is great for Doncaster and ensuring that young people have the best access to education and therefore the best access to opportunities is a key priority for us.

“Improving social mobility sits at the heart of our Doncaster Growing Together plan, working together to improve learning, living, working and caring in Doncaster.

“The Opportunity Area Plan has been developed in partnership with central Government as well as a number of local agencies. We believe that by working together we can make a positive difference to the life chances of Doncaster’s children and young people as well as fulfilling our ambition of making Doncaster the most child friendly borough in the country.”

The Doncaster Opportunity Area plan will focus on four priority areas. These are:

Building solid foundations for all children

Narrowing the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged primary school children in literacy and numeracy; giving all children the strongest possible start to their education.

Brilliant teaching and leadership for all secondary school children

Increasing the number of good school places so that every young person in Doncaster has access to high quality teaching and learning in a school that is run by strong leaders.

No career out of bounds

Helping more of Doncaster’s young people to find the right academic and vocational routes for the careers they aspire to.

Opportunities extend to all

Taking active steps to help the most vulnerable to access opportunities that will support them to succeed in and out of education – and go as far as their ability and ambition will take them.

Doncaster will also benefit from up to £2.75 million through a new Essential Life Skills programme, to help disadvantaged young people develop life skills such as resilience, emotional wellbeing and employability.

Further details about the Doncaster Opportunity Area Plan can be found in the document below.

Social Mobility Delivery Plan for Doncaster
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Last updated: 19 January 2018 16:02:56