The Opportunity Areas programme was announced in October 2016, at that stage the initial six areas were identified and a further six areas were identified in January 2017. The primary purpose of Opportunity Areas is to focus local and national resources on a common goal - to increase social mobility. The programme will involve focusing the Department for Education’s energy, ideas and resources to provide children and young people with the opportunities to fulfil their potential. It will adopt a place-based approach involving the whole education community, from early years to employment, in the areas of the country where social mobility is lowest.
See the plans for each area here.