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.
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
What we set out to do:
- Support education settings to identify the development needs of their education workforce and addressing them through the Ipswich workforce development strategy.
- Encourage undergraduates, graduates and career changers to participate in meaningful teaching experience, via the Teaching Experience Project.
- Provide access to fully funded national professional qualifications (NPQs) for existing and aspiring school leaders.
- Deliver bespoke leadership development training for leaders, including one-to-one coaching support.
- Provide additional intensive support for newly qualified teachers and qualified teachers within their first 2 years.
- 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.