Information about funding and programmes

Evidence Based Practice Fund

Schools and education settings within the Ipswich Opportunity Area can apply for grants of up to £25,000 per project to trial evidence based projects to increase attainment for disadvantaged students in English, Maths or STEM subjects. Support on applications is available through the Ipswich Research School. For support, please contact Eileen Allpress: The next round of the Fund opens in September 2018. You can download the application form here.

Round 5:

Opens – 7th January

Closes – 8th February

Bidders notified of outcome by: 20th February


Round 6:

Opens – 25th February

Closes – 29th March

Bidders notified of outcome by: 10th April


Facilitating links outside of the Opportunity Area 

Funding is available to support schools and other education settings within the Ipswich Opportunity Area to visit education settings outside of Ipswich to share learning and best practice. The Ipswich Opportunity Area will reimburse reasonable travel, accommodation and expenses for groups of colleagues to visit, and offer return visits for, schools and education settings across the country. For more information, please contact

Facilitating Links Application Guidance

IOA Facilitating Links Application Form

IOA Facilitating Links Post Visit Evaluation Form


National Professional Qualifications

Staff working in schools in the Ipswich Opportunity Area are eligible for free NPQ training in middle and senior leadership, headship and executive headship. If you would like to apply for an NPQ to start in 2018-19 you can do so directly to any of the approved providers, who will automatically apply the scholarship. More information on the qualifications can be found here.