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Opportunity areas: Education Committee to hold roundtable discussion

26 April 2019

The Education Committee is holding a roundtable meeting with representatives from opportunity areas (OA) across England to discuss how the programme is working to support children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

The OA programme was announced by the Government in 2016 with the aim of providing additional support in disadvantaged areas to improve outcomes for young people. The programme also aims to learn from what works in the 12 OA areas and spread effective practice.


Wednesday 1st May 2019, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Lauren Barnett, member of Norwich Opportunity Area Youth Board
  • Simon Carnall, Head of Community, Derby County Council Trust, and member, Derby Opportunity Area Partnership Board
  • Graham Cowley, Chair, Blackpool Opportunity Area Partnership Board
  • Clare Hutchinson, Director of Network, Careers & Enterprise Company, and member, Oldham and Bradford Opportunity Areas Partnership Boards
  • Duncan Jacques, CEO and executive principal, Exceed Academies Trust, and member, Bradford Opportunity Area Partnership Board
  • Dr Fiona McMillan, Chair, West Somerset Opportunity Area Partnership Board
  • Chris Starkie, Chief Executive, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and member, Norwich and Ipswich Opportunity Areas Partnership Boards
  • Nicola Swaney, Education Manager, Rolls-Royce and member, Derby Opportunity Area Partnership Board

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