Why this is an issue:
- Disadvantaged pupils in Ipswich are less likely to be in a sustained positive destination following secondary schools (key stage 4) or their post-16 education (key stage 5) than nationally. They are also less likely to go to university.
- Young people in Ipswich are more likely not to be in employment, education or training (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 18 than nationally.
Our targets for 2021:
- 95% of disadvantaged young people will be in a sustained positive destination for at least the first 2 terms after finishing Key Stage 4
- 90% of disadvantaged young people will be in a sustained positive destination for at least the first 2 terms after finishing Key Stage 5
- 44% of disadvantaged young people will go on to higher education
- The percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds who are NEET will halve.
- All schools will achieve at least 6 of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks.
What we set out to do:
- Partnered with the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) to provide young people with over 43,000 opportunities to experience the world of work (4 experiences per young person) over the life of the Opportunity Area programme.
- Work with the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) to support more young people to apply to higher education or higher level apprenticeships.
- Trial new approaches to encourage and support more young people to complete the National Citizen Service (NCS), so that more young people develop the broader skill set they need to complement their academic qualifications.
- Raise the quality and availability of personal guidance to enable young people to map their individual career pathway now and in the future by a shared resource network of qualified career leaders and careers advisors.
- Create new opportunities for young people to develop skills such as self-confidence, personal and learning skills, resilience and mental health through art and sports by supporting Suffolk County Council to implement a programme funded by the Essential Life Skills fund
- Deliver a series of ‘world of work’ events for primary school pupils to inspire them about the wealth of career opportunities available.
- Launched a dedicated support programme for young people who are at risk of becoming NEET to help them maintain a positive pathway.
Contact us for more information and to find out how to be involved.