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.

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 are doing:

  • Supporting education settings to identify the development needs of their education workforce and addressing them through the Ipswich workforce development strategy.
  • Encouraging undergraduates, graduates and career changers to participate in meaningful teaching experience, via the Teaching Experience Project.
  • Providing access to fully funded national professional qualifications (NPQs) for existing and aspiring school leaders.
  • Delivering bespoke leadership development training for leaders, including one-to-one coaching support.
  • Providing additional intensive support for newly qualified teachers and qualified teachers within their first 2 years.
  • Attracting 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.


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