Strengthening the teaching profession in Ipswich by providing world-class support and development


Why this is an issue:

  • Education providers in Ipswich tell us that they struggle to recruit and retain high-quality education professionals and support staff.
  • Teacher vacancy rates are particularly high in secondary schools in Ipswich compared to nationally.

What we will do:

  • Support education settings to identify the development needs of their education workforce and address them through the Ipswich workforce development strategy – each setting will be able to access funding to implement that plan from September 2018
  • Provide access to fully funded national professional qualifications (NPQs) for existing and aspiring school leaders – there is already funding available for up to 80 education professionals to achieve an NPQ
  • Deliver bespoke leadership development training for leaders, which will be supported by one-to-one coaching support from September 2018
  • Provide additional intensive support for newly qualified teachers and qualified teachers within their first 2 years from autumn 2018
  • Attract new professionals to come and work in Ipswich by broadening the routes into teaching and promoting the exciting development opportunities available to Ipswich education professionals

Our targets by 2021:

  • Childcare and education professionals will report a higher level of job satisfaction
  • Full-time teacher vacancy rates in primary and secondary schools will be lower than the national average
  • The proportion of national leaders of education per 1,000 primary and secondary pupils will be at least equal to the national average


Contact us for more information and to find out how to be involved.