Skip to content ↓

    NDHS’s role as Norwich Research School

    Notre Dame’s role as the Norwich Research School within the Norwich Opportunity Area

    What is an Opportunity area?

    Norwich was identified as one of 12 Opportunity Areas in October 2016 by Education Secretary Justine Greening to improve social mobility:

    “Opportunity areas will help local children get the best start in life, no matter what their background. Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. We will focus not just on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

     The Norwich Opportunity Area is a network of local partners collaborating on coordinated activities to increase social mobility in Norwich.  Activity will focus on four key strands:

    1.     Improving speech and communication in the early years so that children have the best chance as they start school

    2.     Improving teaching and attainment, from primary school through to age 18, so that young people gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need for the next stage of their life

    3.     Advice on careers and working life, supporting and informing young people in key decisions around qualifications and skills needed at important transition points, enabling them to get on the right path to their chosen career

    4.     Reducing the number of children at risk of exclusion and disengagement from education, by supporting them to overcome the problems that lead to social immobility.


    What is Notre Dame High School’s role within the Norwich Opportunity Area?

    Back in July, Notre Dame was designated as a Research School. We’re looking forward to working alongside teachers and leaders in Norwich schools in the Opportunity Area.

    The Research Schools Network is a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE), and each Research School will act as a regional hub. We know that “schools listen to schools” and “teachers listen to teachers”, so the Research Schools Network provides school-led support to help teachers and leaders use evidence to inform decisions and practice.


    Keep up to date with what’s going on

    ·       To keep up to date with our work as a Research School, you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter @NorwichRS and check out our website.


    ·       To keep updated with news about Norwich Opportunity Area sign up to the newsletter here, or follow on Twitter @NorwichOA. To find out how your organisation could be involved in Norwich, contact the Programme Director, or for more information about Opportunity Areas email