Norwich Opportunity Area (NOA)
The Norwich Opportunity Area was launched by the government to raise education standards locally, providing every child and young person in the area with the chance to reach their full potential in life.
Lakenham Primary have been fully involved since September 2018, taking every opportunity available. The staff and children of Lakenham are thankful to the Department of Education for choosing Norwich.
During the involvement with NOA, the school has been able to access well in access of £130,000 for grants, training costs covered and resources to support.
- Staff trained to be communication champions
- school is now a Communication Champion hub school
- support to fund transformation of Early years outdoor play area to become more communication friendly
Evidence based research projects
- Staff trained to lead this; NOA paid for a Research lead for two years (Jude Twani)
- Wellbeing and Involvement - Leuven Scales and support to improve the Learning environments
- Staff involved in writing and sharing with other schools transition materials for Year 6- Year 7 transition
- Virtual tours - for EYFS virtual tour
- Mental Health First Aid - for adults - 14 trained
- Thrive training - 12 adults trained to be leaders and Thrive based spaces set up in school called CALM (Come And Learn More)
- Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAS) - 2 trained
- enhanced provision and training for improved behaviour strategies, including school was able to meet the Pivotal School expectation for training, support and embedding
- Inclusion Champions Network and support for a member of staff to be out of class 1 day per week for two years to establish strategies and support staff to be successful
- Being a successful member of the NOA Inclusion Charter
Online Remote Learning Champion - very helpful during COVID
Essential Life Skills Fund
- Supported Prince William Award and then Scouts to work with groups of children after school.
Primary World of Work - visits and information from companies to inspire children to think bigger about their futures.
Headteacher involved in the Primary Headteachers Strategic Group
There is much more that being a Norwich Opportunity Area primary school has added to our school. We are very thankful for this.