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Ipswich opportunity area delivery plan is published

The Department for Education has published its plan to transform opportunities for young people in Ipswich.

The delivery plan reflects a huge amount of work and commitment from a range of partners in the Ipswich Opportunity Area, particularly in the education, business and voluntary sectors and the local authority.

As one of twelve Opportunity Areas, Ipswich will receive a share of £72 million funding to boost opportunities for young people in the community. This is a key part of the Secretary of State’s aim to tackle barriers to social mobility and improve opportunities for young people.

This new, targeted approach sets out four priorities for action to deliver our commitment to young people in Ipswich:

  • Activities that will ensure all children are prepared to learn for life through support for parents and practitioners to help children develop positive learning behaviours from birth, better communication between schools and parents, and a youth-led social action programme.

  • An ambition to strengthen the teaching profession by providing world class support and development, including tailored development packages for all education professionals, and a high quality skills-based leadership and development programme for all school leaders.

  • Driving rapid improvement in attainment for disadvantaged pupils by embedding evidence-based practice in the teaching of English and maths and supporting the most vulnerable pupils through key transitions in their educational careers.

  • Activities that will inspire and equip young people with the skills and guidance they need to pursue an ambitious career pathway, including meaningful encounters with employers for every young person, and a shared network of qualified career leaders for Ipswich schools.

A copy of the Ipswich plan can be seen here and the plans for all 12 Opportunity Areas, and the methodology and data used to select the areas can be found here.

If you have any questions about the plan, please contact K.Gardiner@UOS.ac.uk.

Sue Wilcock