Good Stuff & Great Offers for educators.

We regularly hear about offers for schools and education settings in the Ipswich and Felixstowe area, and thought we would bring them all together in one place to make life a bit easier when time is poor and inboxes are bulging!

None of the below are funded by the IOA (for IOA funded stuff see our offers here), and we aren’t endorsing or quality assuring them – we’re just sharing info on what seems to be a great offer – either free or subsided support for staff or activities for children and young people, that schools, colleges and early years settings might like to hear about.

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Arts and cultural Activities

Hullabaloo22 – An Ipswich wide celebration of creative and cultural participation for children

You can now register any creative activity your school or setting is planning this Spring and Summer as Hullabaloo22 activity on the ICEP website  

By registering your activity you will have access to:

  • Marketing Toolkit
  • Evaluation guidance
  • Branding materials and illustrated design assets
  • Wrap around PR support to support press coverage 
  • Opportunities to showcase outputs and outcomes online
  • If your activity is public facing we will link with Let’s Get Creative, hosted by Suffolk Libraries, to boost your reach to local audiences 

If you’d like to find out more, ask questions or go through the registration process please join a drop in video link with Jess (

Opportunity for schools to enter groups in a Dance Performance Celebration

As part of the Ipswich Cultural Education Partnership’s ‘Hullabaloo22’ project, DanceEast will be hosting a schools performance platform. This is a really fantastic opportunity for local schools to come together and perform in a professional theatre on Thursday 9th June.

Click here for more information about the DanceEast Hullabaloo22 Schools Celebration and how to get involved.

Cohere Arts VOICE! project
Cohere Arts are thrilled to be launching our new VOICE! project on Thursday 28th April 18:00 – 21:00 at Woodbridge Community Hall. Delivered over 4 fortnightly evening sessions, the project is aimed at 14-18 year olds who care about issues such as climate change, war, equality, social action etc. and who are interested in using performance (drama, music, written word, visual arts, media) to get their point across.  It is totally free to take part, and attendees can register via our website ( Please share with colleagues and young people. We can also arrange for our Artistic Director, Amy Mallett, to visit in person to talk to specific groups (e.g. drama/music/media GCSE/A-Level) about this and our other community/creative projects. Get in touch via if you’d like to arrange this.


The DanceEast Centre For Advanced Training (CAT) is a part-time pre-vocational programme offering high-quality dance training to young people aged 10 – 18 years. Based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, we deliver contemporary, ballet, health, and creative studies to young people with exceptional potential and talent.  

If you would like to join the DanceEast CAT, you will need to attend a FREE audition. Auditions run each year in May and June. Find out more below…



The auditions are designed so that everyone can take part and have fun. We also have optional Audition Support Workshops to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.   There is a two-stage audition process. Everyone who applies will be invited to take part in a Stage One audition which will include three short workshops in contemporary technique, ballet and creative – you do not need to prepare anything in advance of the audition. Students will be placed in a class with people of a similar age and level of experience.   The auditions are designed to be as accessible and fun as possible, so you don’t need to have any previous dance experience. You may then be invited to attend a Stage Two audition.   We encourage everyone to apply, no matter previous dance experience.   Auditions will take place at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich.  

Stage One Auditions 2022
(You will only need to attend one date)
Saturday 21 May
Tuesday 31 May
Wednesday 1 June
Stage One auditions 2022
Stage Two auditions are invite only.
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Sunday 8 May.
Keep in touch with us and let us know how you are getting on via email or social media – we’re on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube.   Take care, keep dancing and look after each other, we’ll be in touch again soon.

The DanceEast Team

Ipswich Cultural Education Partnership 
ICEP is a growing network of individuals and organisations who work together to improve access to the cultural-education offer for children and young people in Ipswich, to increase educational attainment, aspiration and wellbeing. There are now over 100 people in the network working across education, cultural and community sectors. Anyone is welcome to join the network as a forum for sharing updates, best practice, information and partnership opportunities to support young people’s access to creative and cultural engagement. Please join here


ICEP Network Meeting
Thanks so much to anyone who could join May’s ICEP network meeting. Please find the recording here. The next meeting will be at the end of June. 
Hullabaloo22 is here! Please register your activity! 
Hullabaloo22 is our first network-wide initiative. It is a simple banner to bring together and celebrate the breadth of cultural-engagement activity happening across Ipswich that is dedicated to using arts, creativity and heritage to improve the lives of young people in the town. By registering some of your activity under the Hullabaloo22 banner it will help us to collectively demonstrate the value of creative education and showcase what has been happening with the wider world. You are warmly encouraged to be part of Hullabaloo22! 
You can access the Hullabaloo22 branding materials and design assets here. If you plan to use these please can you either register your activity on the ICEP website here or let us know more about your activity by emailing Jess at 

Activity can be
Public facing or for ‘closed’ groupsOnline or in-personAny time between now – end of August 2022Include any type of creative or cultural engagement for children, young people, young adults or families in IpswichCelebrating and sharing.
We will ask everyone who uses the Hullabaloo22 banner to complete a simple case study at the end of their activity so we can share and showcase the range of activity that happened via the ICEP website, in press/media and with wider stakeholders. Hullabaloo22 will also have PR support and you can use the marketing toolkit here to help promote your activity and the Hullabaloo22 campaign. 
The more we register, the more we will understand opportunities for cross-promotion and partnership opportunities. Thanks for taking part! 
View Website
Please download and use the updated
ICEP logo and branding guidelines

NETWORK MEMBERSA space to share opportunities, questions or resources with other network members. Please get in touch if you have something to share. Britten Pears Arts Research on Music Provision Britten Pears ArtsNorfolk andNorwich Festival Bridge and Suffolk County Music Service are working with University of Suffolk to produce a report on music provision across the county for young people aged 0 – 25.

The research will be carried out by Stuart Agnew and David James and will use the upcoming National Plan for Music Education 2 as a guide for mapping the opportunities that are currently available and potential areas for development over the next 10 years. We aim to include young people, education providers from all stages, arts organisations and artists.

We are keen that the information we learn from this research is useful to local music education stakeholders and so would like to invite you to join this discussion and contribute to the shaping of the report in its early stages.
Please join us on Tuesday 7 June to have your say in this important piece of work.
In-Person:    11:00 – 13:00, River View Restaurant, Snape Maltings
Online:          15:30 – 17:00, Zoom
If you are able to attend, please RSVP to by Thursday 2 June. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. This is an open meeting, so if there is anyone you think should be invited, please do pass on this
Britten Pears Arts' Fair Access Commitments - Sound and Music
Sidegate Primary Arts Festival 
Sidegate Primary School and Active Learning Trust value The Arts as a vehicle for promoting learning across the curriculum. Our annual Arts Festival showcases the amazing learning and talents of the pupils and staff at Sidegate. We would very much like to welcome you to join us for this celebration on Friday 24th June, to truly appreciate the importance of The Arts in education. If you are unable to attend in person, then please feel free to pass the invite on to a colleague.
RSVPs are required by 10th June – please contact Toni Morris (PA to Wendy James, Headteacher) for the RSVP form by emailing 
Art Eat Events Murals Launch 
Art Eat Events would like to invite you and the young people you work with to the launch celebrating the new murals on St.Peter’s Dock on 28th of May at 10am.  Please RSVP here as soon as possible,
If your organisation needs promotion/mentoring time to be paid for or the young people you work with need financial support for travel to attend please let Daisy know by emailing daisy@arteatevents.comSkate Suffolk and HOAX are delivering a fantastic big celebration – 20 Years of Stoke – in Stoke Bridge Skate Park on Saturday 28th May, straight after the Murals Launch, they’ll be skate lessons, competitions and music, please come and enjoy.  Early Years Education Network Festival of Learning Face to face, 1.30 – 4.30 pm 7th June

The Early Education Network
Early years community all welcome: Register for Free
Brought to you by the Ipswich Opportunity Area, we are a local network of practitioners collaborating to prepare children for the best possible start to school. We’re expanding the network, so please come along to find out what’s been happening, what’s new, and where the future is headed. Join for an informal afternoon of celebration and sharing. Register for free hereFree Exhibition Space: Arts organisations get in touch! 
There are also free spaces available in a physical exhibition for partners to showcase projects and raise awareness of services and programmes. If you are an organisation or practitioner working with early years find out more hereSuffolk Pride Youth Stage: Opportunities for young people
Suffolk Pride have some fantastic opportunities coming up for young people. Please share with any young people who might be interested and get in touch with Esther at for more information! “There is one more opportunity to be a decision maker for the Suffolk Pride 2022 Youth Stage. Are you interested in events, programming artists, finding out what happens behind the scenes? Join us for our Youth Stage Planning meetings so you can have a say on what’s on YOUR Youth Stage at pride this year. Open to young people ages 11-21.” Suffolk Libraries launches ‘My Suffolk Story’ – Children’s writing competition 
Suffolk Libraries LogoSuffolk Libraries will be launching a children’s writing competition called ‘My Suffolk Story’ as part of the Festival of Suffolk. The theme of the writing competition will be Suffolk and the environment, with a prompt of ‘What do you love about the outdoors in Suffolk?’ to get children inspired. The competition will have three categories for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 students with a winner and runner-up to be announced for each category. The competition is aimed at children aged 5-14. Entries can include short stories or essays.

Find out more here! Competition closes 30 June 2022.
Thanks and see you soon! Jess (ICEP Partnerships Officer) 

DesignLab Nation: an opportunity for Ipswich schools, in partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

DesignLab Nation brings together Secondary schools in partnership with the V&A, regional museums, and creative industries to inspire students and support teachers through in-depth design projects.

This is a fully funded project which provides all materials, designer fees, and travel to the V&A, as well as teacher CPD opportunities.

We are looking for Secondary Schools in the Ipswich area to become involved during the academic year 2022 – 2023.

The project is aimed at KS3 and KS4 DesignTech students, though it may be possible to open it out to Art students if your school does not have a DT department. It will involve a group of up to 25 students and takes place over four days.

This academic year we have worked with three schools at Ipswich Museum on the theme of boatbuilding, which includes a visit to our industry partner Spirit Yachts.

Next academic year we will be working at Christchurch Mansion: our theme will be furniture related, focussing on chair building, and will involve a different designer and industry partnership.

During the project our designer will set a design challenge for students, which they will work towards solving through four creative full day sessions supported by staff from Ipswich Museum and the V&A. Models and prototypes made by the students will then go on display in the museum.

Sessions will involve creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative activities, as well as interactive talks, demonstrations, and supportive feedback crits.

Students will be encouraged to take inspiration from objects and collections at V&A and Christchurch Mansion. A flexible delivery plan  can be offered, adhering to the health and safety requirements of your school.  A celebration event will be held in the museum towards the end of the academic year.

There will be a teacher CPD event this year which is open for any schools to attend where you can find out more about this and other opportunities to work with Ipswich Museums.

This will be a twilight session at Ipswich Museum on Thursday 14th July at 4 – 6.30pm. Refreshments provided – please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Please email  and

for more information.

DesignLab Nation: Teacher’s CPD event:

Ipswich Museums are offering a CPD session for all secondary school teachers at Ipswich Museum on Thursday 14th July at 4 – 6.30pm. Arrive from 3.30pm for sandwiches and refreshments.

Supported by the V&A, Ipswich Museum is working with designers and industry partners on this fully-funded project which brings schools together with museum educators, practising artists, and the Museum’s collections to work on design projects.

This CPD session will introduce teachers to DesignLab Nation, with the opportunity to explore this year’s theme of Boat building through Ipswich Museum’s collections, loans from the V&A, and a hands-on practical session with our current designer Liz Brandon-Jones. This will provide teachers with skills and ideas that they can take back to the classroom.

It will also introduce teachers to next year’s DesignLab challenge, whose theme is furniture making, as well as other opportunities for engagement from both the V&A and Ipswich Museums.

This session is open to teachers from all departments (STEAM).

Please contact Lisa Temple-Cox

and Anna Mercer to book your place.

For more information about DesignLab Nation visit

Opportunity Areas Webinar – School Improvement Tickets, Tuesday 7th June 2022 at 14:30

Click here for more information: Opportunity Areas webinar – School Improvement Tickets, Tue 7 Jun 2022 at 14:30 | Eventbrite


Ipswich Maths is a Maths revision website designed by Charlie Dawson, and IOA Evidence Leader in Education from Northgate High School. Skills checks at Key Stage 3 and all of the recent GCSE Maths papers for a range of boards are provided alongside question by question video shorts explaining how to answer each question. Watch our webinar on how to use the site here.

Welcome to Angles Maths Hub

Angles Maths Hub promotes excellence in maths teaching in Norfolk and Suffolk, and is part of the national network, backed by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of

Maths & Science collaborative work group

Maths is taught across many different subjects in high school, not least in the Science department. Two teachers from each school (one Maths and one Science) work together to establish similarities and differences in approaches to help develop a cohesive approach for pupils. This training programme uses expertise from Maths and Science to consider how to improve the learning and outcomes for pupils by working together practically and collaboratively.

All sessions 4pm – 6pm, online

Thursday 20th January 2022
Thursday 3rd March 2022
Thursday 28th April 2022
Thursday 26th May 2022
Thursday 7th July 2022

Sign up here

Primary CPD Opportunities for 2022/2023 with Angles Maths Hub

MATHSHUBS ANGLES Teacher Research Group Taster Twilight Session

Suffolk Libraries – Resources for Getting Ready for School

Suffolk Libraries – Get Ready for School

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ICT, technology and digital literacy

Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme Online Conference – 10 & 16 March

The DfE’s EdTech Demonstrator Programme is hosting a free, national online conference featuring over 70 sessions. Some of the EdTech related topics on offer will include cyber security, 1-to-1 programmes, SEND and workload reduction. Please can you share this opportunity with your networks and external stakeholders.

Explore the EdTech sessions available and book now 

Remote learning approaches for all schools in Ipswich Opportunity Area

Basic digital literacy “how to” guides for parents from BT 

A fantastic list of online learning resources compiled by UCL by phase and subject

The DfE “one stop shop” for national offers and support around remote education

The National Tutoring Programme – subsidised tutoring offer from DfE


Wellbeing for staff and adults

Education Support: Sign-up for Free Counselling for Education Staff. Night or day, trained counsellors (BACP Accredited) are here to listen without judgement and help you find a way forward, whatever your worries or concerns and make you feel better.

UK-wide: 08000 562 561 day or night 
Txt: 07909 341229 (answered within 24 hours)

The helpline service is free and available to all serving and retired teachers, lecturers and staff in education (primary, secondary, further or higher education) in England, Wales and Scotland 24/7, 365 days a year.

Mental Health at WorkSupporting Educator’s Mental Health and during the pandemic. Round-the-clock one-to-one support by call or text from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.

NHSMental Health Helpline for Urgent Help – NHS 24-hour advice and support for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for. Help is available to speak to a mental health professional.

NHS IAPT: free online NHS adult psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for common problems involving stress, anxiety and depression. IAPT services can be accessed either through a self-referral by contacting your Local IAPT or via your GP.

Cruse Bereavement CareCoronavirus, Bereavement and Grief online information, advice and support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677

MindEdCoronavirus Staff Resilience Hub advice and tips for all frontline staff drawing from a panel of international experts.

HeadspaceHeadspace for Educators offers educators access to free mindfulness and meditation exercises and resources for every age group, and a free Headspace Meditation App.

Centre for Mental HealthSupporting Mental Health during Covid-19: a brief guide

Public Health England Every Mind MattersLooking After Your Mental Health Resources aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.

Public Health EnglandEvery Mind Matters Self-Care Tool when you complete the 5 ‘Survey’ questions, a ‘Mind Plan’ is generated, with signposting options to many useful resources.

Young Minds: 10 Wellbeing Tips for School Staff

SecEd Headteacher UpdateBest Practice Guide (2020) Focusing on Staff Wellbeing Post-lockdown and During the Full Return to School

Family Links: Mental and Emotional Health in Schools: effective strategies and support for schools as they respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on the whole learning community: Free Online Course.

Teacher MagazineTeacher Wellbeing During COVID-19

Tes: Coronavirus and Schools: LIVE 11/11 : A one-stop shop for teachers who want to know what impact the ongoing pandemic will have on their working lives.

National Education Union: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know – Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing

Anna Freud Centre:

TES Sen ShowSupporting the Emotional and Mental Health of the Education Workforce free webinar. Suitable for all Key Stages.

Schools’ Wellbeing Partnership: Mental health and wellbeing in primary schools –

Preparing for Recovery: Self-review and Signposting Tool.

Teacher Magazine PodcastThe Research Files Episode 62: Teacher Adaptability

Business in the CommunityCOVID-19: Employee Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

Public Health England:

  • Workplace Health Needs Assessment Tool and resource provides practical advice for employers on workplace health and a tool for carrying out workplace health needs assessments.
  • Developing and Evaluating Workplace Health Interventions toolkit provides guidance for employers to develop their offer of workplace health interventions.
  • Public Health England in collaboration with Business in the Community has developed a Suite of Interconnected Toolkits that take a whole person, whole system approach and have mental health as a common theme throughout. These toolkits consolidate the very best evidence, with the very best employer practice to improve workplace health, aligned with freely available resources that are useful to all employers, wherever they are on their journey.

Mental Health at WorkResources, Toolkits and Case Studies.  Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools with a rich repository of information and easily accessible resources including videos and posters.

Wellbeing, Mental Health and inclusion for children and young people

YoungMinds Crisis Text Line – Text YM to 85258

Wellbeing support – free virtual social events from the wellbeing service

Wellbeing Suffolk

Suffolk Mind

The NHS has a list of mental health helplines if you would like to talk to someone.

Top Tips to support children’s wellbeing from NHS Every Mind Matters campaign

For information on mental health services and support available to help young people, please refer them to The Source website –

Other local support for families

Adult literacy: Read Easy Ipswich offers free tailored literacy support on a one-to-one basis for any adult in the Ipswich area. Support is delivered by a dedicated, trained volunteer who will work to improve the student’s reading skills, through one or two confidential sessions per week.  

Let’s Talk Reading is aiming to reduce low literacy across Ipswich by encouraging parents to read with their children from birth.

Adult literacy:

If you would like further details or to make a referral please contact Alison Stewart Wheeler

Children’s reading and parental engagement:

Their approach includes starting ante/post-natal coffee mornings in Gainsborough, based on PEEP sessions and facilitated by partner UKBabies.

Free book-bags are offered to disadvantaged families via all schools and settings within the IOA to support children’s reading as the basis of all their learning, and to stimulate parental engagement in their development. Covid permitting, volunteers will also attend settings to provide animated reading sessions for groups of pupils, using puppets and props.


John Helleur

Supporting families with food

Food banks that accept self referrals

Suffolk Advice and Support Service Helpline 0800 068 3131

Get free professional advice in confidence on a range of things that you might need some help with.

  • your mortgage or credit cards
  • rent arrears or other debts
  • COVID-19 related concerns and what it means for you and/or your family
  • access to food
  • one off grants for things such as:
    • white goods
    • fuel vouchers
    • other unforeseen expenses

Suffolk InfoLink has a directory of local groups and organisations. Find help on topics including:

Early Years

Highfield Resilience Tracker

The tracker provides settings with a unique way for practitioners to assess and monitor a child’s emotional development and resilience.  Early Years staff can sign up for training in use of the Tracker as well as bespoke 1:1 support package to effectively use the tracker within their school or setting. Email Vanessa Bally

Children’s reading and parental engagement:

Let’s Talk Reading is aiming to reduce low literacy across Ipswich by encouraging parents to read with their children from birth.

Their approach includes starting ante/post-natal coffee mornings in Gainsborough, based on PEEP sessions and facilitated by partner UKBabies.

Free book-bags are offered to disadvantaged families via all schools and settings within the IOA to support children’s reading as the basis of all their learning, and to stimulate parental engagement in their development.

Covid permitting, volunteers will also attend settings to provide animated reading sessions for groups of pupils, using puppets and props.


John Helleur


Support for EAL families  

Volunteering Matters can provide specific, culturally sensitive support for families whose first language is not English and offer the following funded by the IOA:

Weekly individual sessions for families focused on improving children’s English language skills. These sessions are run by a volunteer who, where possible, is a native speaker of the families’ first language; boosting the child’s confidence when communicating in English through activities and games that focus on key skills: reading, speaking, listening, and writing.  

English Lessons for EAL parents are currently running online to help adults improve their English skills at Elementary or Intermediate English level. The lessons are group sessions and led by volunteers. 

Translation services to facilitate communication between EAL families and schools,

Digital Tool Kits to help families with remote education.

For more information, please contact Ingrid ( – 07946268077)


The Just Finance Foundation is a small, not for profit charity working towards educating children about money, an essential skill for them as they grow older and enter adulthood. Our work is focused on primary age pupils and we provide learning resources which sit well within the PSHE curriculum.

The Lifesavers Programme is funded by the BenefactTrust and is completely free for schools! You can find out a little more about the offer here …

Our resources are based on a series of lessons and activities which focus on our ‘5 Big Questions About Money’:

  • Where does our money come from?
  • How does money make us feel?
  • What can we use our money for?
  • How does our money help other people?
  • How can we look after our money?

Activities are age specific, completely flexible and fit easily into your current units of work.

Alongside our big questions, we have a programme dedicated to Early Years and KS1 age children – Milo’s Money

Milo’s Money was developed recently as a result of funding granted to us by the Money and Pensions Service who wanted a high quality resource for teaching young children the foundational knowledge and skills they need. Milo is a young dinosaur who receives some money for the first time and wonders what to do with it. Our lovely storybook sees Milo gathering advice about his options. Schools are provided with free copies of the picture book along with a Milo cuddly toy for each early years and KS1 classroom. You also have access to the website which features a digital copy of the book, a digital game about shopping and more than 60 classroom resources.

Milo is proving very popular with young children and teachers alike!

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