Suffolk TA Network 2021-22 Update

The Suffolk TA Network has grown to a team of three as we now have two new assistant coordinators, Carolyn Love and Julie Clegg. We already have plans to improve and expand the network of this academic year and we would love to have as many Suffolk teaching assistants as possible on this journey with us. Please look out over the next couple of weeks in your school post for our new postcard and flyer telling you how to become a member and introducing some exciting opportunities this year.

We have a brilliant training programme in development for this term and will be advertising this in our newsletter, which is due out on Friday 10th September, so please keep a look out for this.

Finally, we want to expand even further and are looking for three TAs to become Suffolk TA Network Champions (one in south Suffolk, one in north Suffolk and one in west Suffolk). As a Champion you would help to raise the profile of the Suffolk TA Network in your area, host some face-to-face training and help increase membership. These posts are for ten days (or equivalent hours) across the 2021-22 academic year and will attract a small pot of funding for release time and to allow the post-holder to carry out the role. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email me for further information on and look out for the flyer coming to your school soon.

Ipswich and Norwich OAs Sharing Learning Week 28th June

The Ipswich and Norwich Opportunity Area teams have been developing an online space to capture the Big Ideas of the last four years in both OAs, with case studies and examples to showcase the learning of schools, colleges, settings and partner organisations.

This hub will be a valuable resource for the networks and practitioners in both places, as well as useful learning for colleagues across Suffolk and Norfolk who are keen to understand how many of the Opportunity Area initiatives in East Anglia have been implemented, and the impact that they have had.

The hub will go fully live in Autumn, however we are keen to start capturing some of the stories and journeys now, and will showcase some of the key learning and introduce the hub as a platform in “Sharing Learning Week” from the 28th June—2nd July.  Colleagues from Ipswich and Norwich will share learning from some of our key projects in bitesize webinars across the week, with a theme for each day. Download the flier and book on – free to all and all welcome, from Ipswich, Norwich, Suffolk, Norfolk and beyond!

Transition funding for Primary Schools

We have a small amount of funding left to support transition activities and would like to offer this to Primary schools to support their year 6 students as they transition to secondary school.    There is an allocation of £750 per primary school for across the IOA for this, activities can include funding TA support into the autumn term for visits and settling in activities in the new secondary school, activities to boost confidence and making friends, parental activities.   There is no set activity but we would like to ensure that the activities are measurable for impact and a short evaluation of this is completed in the autumn term.   This evaluation will go towards developing collaborative transition activities and sharing learning in and out of the IOA.    To access this funding please complete the form below, and return to

The closing date for this is Friday 18th June.  

Any questions or comments on transition please contact:

A fifth year of funding for Ipswich Opportunity Area

We are delighted to receive confirmation that the Ipswich Opportunity Area will benefit from a fifth year of DfE investment. Our plan for 2021-22 will focus on sharing learning, further embedding successful approaches and building sustainable networks. We look forward to continuing to develop our twinning partnership with Felixstowe, supporting schools within the town to access and implement projects that align with their collective priorities.

Our aims for Year 5 are to:

  • Improve school readiness by further strengthening networks of support between EY settings, schools and families.
  • Secure strong engagement in learning by continuing to tackle barriers to learning, supporting pupils’ emotional wellbeing & helping them to develop strong learning behaviours.
  • Improve pupil attainment by embedding evidence-based practice in the teaching of English and maths.

Angles Maths Hub

Angles Maths Hub have announced a series of online sessions for primary maths teachers, leaders and senior leaders to support with Covid-recovery, curriculum catch-up and ongoing mastery development.
Their series of seven, one-hour sessions, allows you and your colleagues to choose from a selection of opportunities, which best support your priorities and areas of development in maths teaching and learning across your school.
Presenters offer a fantastic wealth of experience and knowledge in this unique series of sessions including Mastery Specialists, a Headteacher and NCETM Primary Director, Debbie Morgan!

More details in their flyer:

Cultural Education Opportunities for Summer 2021

A message from Ipswich Cultural Education Partnership
Cultural Education Opportunities for Summer 2021
Ipswich primary school headteachers have asked us, via the Ipswich Opportunity Area, to list cultural-education offers and opportunities for this summer. It’s a great opportunity to join up with our town’s educators to put on really good stuff for & with young people.   
So please let’s make a comprehensive list that shows the brilliance and variety of Ipswich arts!   
You can include both: – listings of particular events or activity that you have already planned and which schools can book, and/or – more general info about what you could do, and an invitation to teachers to contact you to discuss it together.    
The only criteria are that: – you need to be able to do this work some time between Easter and August (in school term or the summer holidays) – you are OK to deal with schools directly when they make contact with you. Schools will expect to pay for much of the activity; financial arrangements will be between you and them.  The Partnership will be here to support you!
To add your offer, simply complete this short form   You can add multiple listings in one go, and you can always return to add more later, any time up to the end of May (but really, as soon as possible!)  

To ensure you are kept up to date with the Ipswich LCEP please do add yourself to their Mailing list, using the short form below. This will ensure that you keep connected to the Partnership as it develops.

Suffolk TA Network Remote Learning and Reintegration conference

The TA Network is running an online Remote Learning and Reintegration Conference for teaching assistants and support staff on 29th April 12.30-2.30, with a key note speaker from UCL research group, and workshops on supporting Autism, Speech and Language and EAL to settle in and catch up after the full return of pupils to school.

You can download the agenda for the conference here

51 schools across Suffolk are already signed up to the TA Network – if you would like to become a member and have access to support, resources and training email Abi Joachim, Suffolk TA Network Coordinator at

Read the latest newsletter here:

We’re recruiting in the Early Years!

Early Years Educators (3 posts)
£8.72 ph
37 hpw Fixed term to 31 August 2021.

Ipswich Opportunity Area are seeking to appoint three Early Years Educators to place in nurseries across Ipswich for the current academic year.

You will:

  • work as an effective member of the nursery team in the provision of high-quality inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending the setting
  • work with colleagues to provide a safe, welcoming, purposeful, stimulating and encouraging environment both indoors and outdoors.

Main duties include, but are not limited to:

  • helping set up the learning environment for the day and helping tidy away at the end of the session, ensuring that all toys and equipment are clean and safe at all times
  • implementing risk assessments, as delegated, to ensure the well-being of children and adults in the setting
  • assisting with the planning of activities and the continual enhancement of the learning environment (quality improvement).

Training will be provided, and this role represents an excellent opportunity for further development.

For further details please email:

Please download the job description:

Apply by sending your CV, email and telephone contact details of two referees with a covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification to:

Ipswich Opportunity Area schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the children and expect their staff to share this commitment. Appointments will be made subject to safer recruitment procedures, including an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.