Opportunity Area Newsletter -

Hello all,

February for the Doncaster Opportunity Area was a very busy month!

We had a really productive Partnership Board meeting in February that agreed two new programmes of activity:

  • A Doncaster Challenge Partners Hub – Challenge Partners came out of the school improvement programme the London Challenge. Since then, it has expanded across the country and brings together innovative forward-thinking schools looking to share best practice and learn from the best. Beryce Nixon, Executive Principle of Exceed Learning Partnership, will be leading the Doncaster Hub which will focus initially on primary but will look to expand into secondary if there is interest.
For more information on Challenge Partners visit their website here. If you or your school is interested in being involved please let us know at
  • A teacher recruitment and retention programme – This programme of activity will focus on bringing quality teachers into Doncaster by: supporting schools in improving their recruitment practices; providing independent guidance on routes into teaching in the borough and; develops a programme of school experience placements to enable schools to better attract potential candidates.

We have now gone out to tender for two of these activities, the closing date for these will be the 29th of March. The tender documents are available here.
We have now launched a small grants fund application round. Organisations will be able to bid for up to £20,000 to deliver against the priorities and targets set out in the Doncaster Opportunity Area Delivery plan, here. We will be assessing proposals against their alignment with out targets; how far they encourage collaboration and the potential for sustainability.
More information on how your school, collaborative or organisation could be involved has been launched on our website and our twitter, please get in touch with Claire Hughes,, if you would like to discuss.

Our Website

We have recently re-launched our website!
Through our website you will now be able to find out about all the opportunities that we offer to both schools and businesses. There is plenty to get involved in.
There will be links to our funding opportunities and upcoming work that we will be promoting, as well as more information on all the proposals approved through the OA.
Visit our website here.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) News Alert

EEF have published their guide to becoming an evidence-informed school governor and trustee. It is designed to offer a quick way into the high-quality evidence the EEF makes freely available to all schools.

The guide offers practical next steps and tips for further reading framed around three key questions for governors to ask:

  • How well are pupils achieving in your school?
  • How effectively is your school spending its money?
  • How does your school support effective teaching and learning?

Read/ download the guide here.

The EEF will also be funding three new initiatives aiming to improve teacher  retention:

  • Teachers training routes – a large trial with 350 schools comparing three different routes into teaching and the impact they have on primary school pupils’ maths results, as well as teacher retention. Find out more.
  • Retaining physics teachers – 300 secondary schools will take part in a trail of KEEP Teaching, a programme which supports schools to provide the conditions physics specialists need to stay in the profession. Find out more and get involved.
  • Supporting new teachers – we are piloting three different ways of supporting early career teachers. Find out more and get involved.

Future Teaching Scholars Programme

The Department for Education (DfE) has funded the Future Teaching Scholars programme. This exciting initiative aims to get more young people into teaching maths and physics, the objective is to encourage exceptional maths and physics students to get into teaching the subject which they feel passionate about.

You can find out more about Future Teaching Scholars at:
In addition to the above, they are currently accepting expressions of interest from schools and academies that have appropriate maths teaching vacancies and are interested in employing a Future Teaching Scholar. Future Teaching Scholars are a special kind of mathematics graduate. They are committed to teaching and knew they wanted to become a teacher before starting their degree in their area of specialism.
You can contact the Future Teaching Scholars here.

How will you develop your students' career aspirations?

Enhance your role as a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) subject teacher by linking curriculum learning to careers. Through weekly tasks, you will identify how to adapt your STEM curriculum, engaging your students in careers linked to their classroom learning.
Learn from experienced educators who have adapted their teaching, worked with employers and collaborated with local STEM Ambassadors to create a careers-linked curriculum that both engages and inspires students within the STEM subjects.
Linking STEM Curriculum Learning to Careers
Please consider sharing this with your STEM teaching staff.



EXPECT Youth are gearing up for another exciting summer programme in 2019. In 2018 they reached 3,462 individual children and young people aged 5-18 with their fully-funded activities over the school holidays.

In 2019 they will be delivering free activities 5 days a week over summer in:

  • Hexthorpe and Balby
  • Mexborough
  • Thorne and Moorends
  • Stainforth
  • Central
  • Rossington
  • Edlington
  • Conisbrough and Denaby
  • Bentley
  • Askern, Woodlands and Highfields

If you would like further information, or would like EXPECT Youth to come to your school to speak about the offer then please get in touch with


Careers Information, Advice, and Guidance Website

We are partnering with careers guidance company U-Explore to improve the digital connectivity between the region’s schools, colleges, universities and employers. The partnership will specifically support adults and young people moving through education and into work, inspiring them as to the full range of career and study opportunities in the area and helping them to improve their chances of securing high-skilled employment.
Building on the existing careers information platform Start, adults, young people and their families will have access to the careers information and support they need to plan for a successful future studying and working in Doncaster. To achieve this, the partnership will:
  • work with stakeholders to establish Start as the “go to” careers platform for schools and colleges;
  • ensure that the platform inspires and informs young people about opportunities in Doncaster; and
  • gather the insights and data needed to nurture and support young people in to education, training and work locally.
For more information or to look to help us shape this offer please contact

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