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Social Mobility

      Ipswich

Opportunity Area 2017-20
A local plan to deliver opportunities for
children and young people in Ipswich
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Contents
                Our vision                                                            4

                    A message from the Secretary of State for Education
                    and the Chair of the partnership board                            5

                Why Ipswich?                                                          6

                    Ipswich context                                                   7

                    Why Ipswich?                                                      8

                    Our priorities                                                   10

                Creating a local partnership to drive success                        12

                Building on strong foundations                                       14

                    Action already underway                                          16

                    Partnering with employers                                        17

                    Putting young people at the heart of this work                   18

                Our priorities                                                       20

                    Priority 1: Ensure all children in Ipswich are
                    prepared to learn for life by developing key
                    behaviours such as resilience and self-regulation                21

                    Priority 2: Strengthen the teaching profession in Ipswich by
                    providing world-class support and development                    26

                    Priority 3: Improve attainment for disadvantaged
                    pupils by embedding evidence based practice
                    in the teaching of English and maths                             30

                    Priority 4: Inspire and equip young people with the skills and
                    guidance they need to pursue an ambitious career pathway         34

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Our vision

               OUR VISION

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Our vision

A message from the Secretary of State for Education
and the Chair of the partnership board
                  The world economy is                                    It is a privilege to have been
                  changing and it is through                              asked to chair the Ipswich
                  education, skills and training                          Opportunity Area partnership
                  from the early years into                               board. Every member of the
                  adulthood that we will make                             board has given a personal
                  sure no one is left behind.                             commitment to work over
                  Education will be key to                                the three year life of the
achieving that goal, and is central to breaking        programme to improve the achievements and
down the barriers to social mobility that face         life chances of the children and students of
too many young people in Ipswich.                      our town.

Ipswich is a growing town, with a fantastic            Through this plan, endorsed by the Secretary
cultural offering. But, like many other parts of       of State, we are determined to show that
the country, some young people do not have             by working as a whole community we can
the support to fulfil their potential.                 transform opportunities for everyone. It is
                                                       important work; if we get it right our children
I am delighted that local leaders in Ipswich           will have the skills and achievements to face
are committed and passionate about breaking            the future with ambition and self-confidence.
the link between a child’s background and              If you would like to contribute, comment or
where they get to in life. We need to ensure           participate please contact me directly.
that every child’s future is determined by their
talent and hard work, rather than where they           Richard Lister
began. Through this plan, we will work together        Independent Chair of Ipswich Opportunity
to ensure that all young people in Ipswich can         Area partnership board
access high quality education at every stage.
We will also create opportunities for young
people outside of school that will raise sights
and broaden horizons.

Social mobility is not just essential for an
effective economy; it is a moral imperative.
I look forward to seeing this delivery plan in
action over the coming years, making a real
difference for children and young people in
Ipswich and contributing to a modern country
that is globally competitive and fit for the future.
                                                       GET IN TOUCH

The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP                                    OpportunityAreas.East@education.gov.uk
Secretary of State for Education
                                                              @IpswichOA

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Why Ipswich?

           WHY IPSWICH?

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Why Ipswich?

Ipswich context
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and              and around the town, including the insurance
East Anglia’s waterfront town. A powerhouse            sector (AXA and Willis) and BT’s digital,
of culture, it has a higher number of regularly        technology and innovation hub, Adastral Park.
funded Arts Council partners than anywhere             The Port of Ipswich is one of the leading grain
outside of London. It is already benefiting from       export facilities in the UK.
the ‘Ipswich Vision’, a five year project to support
the growth of the town and to turn Ipswich into a      Despite the strengths of the area and recent
destination that is celebrated for where it is going   investment, Ipswich has struggled economically
as much as where it has come from.                     in recent years. Traditionally an industrial
                                                       town, the economy in Ipswich has become
The population of Ipswich is relatively young          increasingly service-led.
and increasingly diverse. There are almost
11,400 children under the age of five in Ipswich,      The recession was particularly challenging
which is over 8% of the population, and around         for Ipswich and levels of deprivation within
65% of residents are of working age. Ipswich is        the town are relatively high in some areas.
one of the most rapidly expanding towns in the         Employers have identified low levels of skills
UK; it is home to almost half of all children in       as a potential barrier for growth in Ipswich;
Suffolk whose main language is not English and         fewer adults in the town are qualified to
over 70 languages are spoken in the town.              level 3 (equivalent to A-Levels) and level 4
                                                       (equivalent to a certificate of higher education)
As a young person in Ipswich, there is an              than nationally. The Ipswich City deal, an
exciting network of further education and sixth-       economic deal between local authorities and
form colleges to access. Two of these colleges         business groups in Ipswich, has committed to
have partnered with the University of Suffolk,         supporting thousands of young people within
which opened its central Waterfront Campus in          and around Ipswich into work through a focus
August 2016, to widen participation in higher          on developing skills and providing access to
education. The University itself is well integrated    apprenticeships and high value jobs.
into the community and there are a number of
industries offering employment opportunities in

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Why Ipswich?

    Why Ipswich?
    Young people from disadvantaged                                           outside of their immediate communities,
    backgrounds in Ipswich achieve, on                                        which can limit their future horizons.
    average, poorer outcomes in education than                                According to Suffolk County Council data,
    disadvantaged pupils across the country1. In                              young people in Ipswich are more likely to
    the 2016 ‘Achieving Excellence in all Areas’2                             be not in employment, education or training
    analysis, used for understanding educational                              (NEET) than nationally, and an increasing
    performance and capacity to improve,                                      number of children and young people are
    Ipswich ranked in the bottom ten of all local                             being drawn into a growing drugs and gang
    authority districts. This was in part because                             culture within the town.
    of the low educational performance amongst
    children eligible for free school meals at                                To improve outcomes for children and young
    key stage 2 and key stage 4, as well as the                               people through the Ipswich Opportunity
    low proportion of disadvantaged children                                  Area, we will therefore focus our time,
    attending a school rated good or better by                                resource and energy on supporting children
    Ofsted. When comparing the chances that                                   to develop the behaviours they need to learn.
    a child eligible for free school meals will do                            We will also ensure that all young people,
    well at school and get a good job, the 2016                               regardless of background, can access
    Social Mobility Index ranked Ipswich 292nd                                the experiences, advice and guidance
    out of 324 districts3.                                                    they need, to be able to set and achieve
                                                                              ambitious goals for their future selves.
    School leaders in Ipswich are concerned                                   Our other key focus will be to improve the
    that not all children in the town start school                            educational performance of pupils from
    with the skills and behaviours needed                                     disadvantaged backgrounds by embedding
    to learn. They report that children and                                   research and evidence based practice in
    young people from more disadvantaged                                      the classroom and supporting teachers to
    backgrounds can have limited experiences                                  develop their professional expertise.

1   Within this plan, the ‘disadvantaged’ group varies depending on the Department for Education data source. However, they all include the
    number of pupils who were eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous six years. For further details about the specific definition of
    ‘disadvantage’ for each Department for Education data source, see the ‘Education statistics by local authority, district and pupil disadvantage’
    release found on the Department for Education Statistics page.
2   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defining-achieving-excellence-areas-methodology
3   https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/496103/Social_Mobility_Index.pdf

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Why Ipswich?

  Why this is an issue

        Percentage of pupils eligible for FSM in primary schools rated                                               Percentage of pupils eligible for FSM in secondary schools
                   outstanding or good by Ofsted (2016)                                                                     rated outstanding or good by Ofsted (2016)

                                                                                74%                                                                     38%
       Ipswich                                                                                                     Ipswich
                                                                                75%                                                                                      56%

                                                                                        86%                                                                                       63%
        Suffolk                                                                                                     Suffolk
                                                                                           89%                                                                                                 78%

                                                                                          88%                                                                                               73%
       England                                                                                                     England
                                                                                              91%                                                                                                  82%

                  0%   10%   20%   30%       40%      50%       60%      70%    80%     90%     100%                          0%   10%    20%   30%    40%     50%       60%       70%       80%        90%   100%

                                         FSM pupils         All pupils                                                                            FSM pupils         All pupils

                                                                                Source: School Census, Ofsted                                                                                Source: School Census, Ofsted

       Percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading,                                          Average Attainment 8 scores of pupils at the end of key stage 4 (2016)
             writing and maths at the end of key stage 2 (2016)

                                            35%                                                                                                                                   38
       Ipswich                                                                                                      Ipswich
                                                        49%                                                                                                                                    47

                                          33%                                                                                                                                      39
        Suffolk                                                                                                     Suffolk
                                                        49%                                                                                                                                        49

                                               39%                                                                                                                                     41
       England                                                                                                     England
                                                              54%                                                                                                                                      50

                  0%   10%   20%   30%       40%      50%       60%      70%    80%     90%     100%                          0          10       20            30                40              50           60

                                                                                                                                                Disadvantaged pupils         All pupils
                                   Disadvantaged pupils            All pupils

                                                                         Source: Revised KS2 assessment data                                                                       Source: Revised KS4 assessment data

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Why Ipswich?

Our priorities
Our vision is for all young people in Ipswich        Priority 1: Ensure all children in Ipswich
to be happy, confident, ambitious and flexible       are prepared to learn for life by developing
lifelong learners. We want to ensure that every      key behaviours such as resilience and
young person in Ipswich can fulfil their potential   self‑regulation.
and access the opportunities available to
them, regardless of their background. We have        Priority 2: Strengthen the teaching profession
looked at the available data and intelligence        in Ipswich by providing world-class support
from local partners and used our analysis of         and development.
this information to establish four priorities for
                                                     Priority 3: Improve attainment for
achieving this vision:
                                                     disadvantaged pupils by embedding evidence
                                                     based practice in the teaching of English
                                                     and maths.

                                                     Priority 4: Inspire and equip young people with
     “It is a privilege to be a partnership          the skills and guidance they need to pursue an
     board member, working alongside                 ambitious career pathway.
     others from a broad spectrum of
     organisations who share the same
     basic motivation for giving time
     and effort; namely to help bring
     about more positive futures for the                “Suffolk Academies Trust supports
     young people of Ipswich. Although                  education that is inclusive. It shouldn’t
     the plan is ambitious, if we can                   matter what your background is or
     create the same feeling of unity and               where you live, you should receive the
     common purpose amongst the wider                   best possible education with access to
     stakeholder group I believe this                   opportunities and connections that help
     project will make a real difference                you to succeed. The Opportunity Area
     to the lives of children, their families           delivery plan is a significant step to
     and the professionals who work so                  achieving that goal.”
     hard to unlock potential.”
                                                        Nikos Savvas, CEO, Suffolk Academies
     David Hutton, Headteacher,                         Trust
     Northgate High School

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Creating a local partnership to drive success

                                                 CREATING A LOCAL
                                                 PARTNERSHIP TO
                                                 DRIVE SUCCESS

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Creating a local partnership to drive success

                                                    Board members
   The Ipswich partnership board, chaired
   by Richard Lister, has brought together          • Aimee Higgins: Director of Stakeholders,
   local leaders from early years providers,          Careers & Enterprise Company
   maintained schools and multi-academy             • Chris Starkie: Managing Director, New
   trusts, further education, higher education,       Anglia LEP
   business, the voluntary sector and local
   government to improve social mobility in         • Clare Flintoff: Executive Principal, Asset
   Ipswich. The board will bring its collective       Education Trust
   experience, local insight and drive to
                                                    • David Hutton: Headteacher, Northgate High
   improve outcomes for children and young
                                                      School
   people in the town.
                                                    • Jonathan Legh-Smith: Head of
   The board has been working with a wider            Partnerships & Strategic Research, BT
   stakeholder group to develop this plan,
   including delegating some of the detailed        • Judith Mobbs: Assistant Director for
   planning to four working groups                    Inclusion and Skills, Suffolk County Council
                                                    • Lil Newton: Headteacher, Highfield Nursery
                                                      School and Children’s Centre
Ipswich Opportunity Area partnership
board membership                                    • Nikos Savvas: CEO, Suffolk Academies
                                                      Trust
Richard Lister: Independent Chair                   • Stephen Skeet: Head of East of England,
Richard’s career has included a relentless drive      Volunteering Matters
to widen participation and access to higher
                                                    • Terry Baxter: CEO, Inspire Suffolk
education. Richard worked at the Suffolk
University Campus since it was established          • Viv Gillespie: Principal, Suffolk New College
in 2006 and was instrumental in the campus
gaining University status in 2016. Prior to         Board meetings are also attended by the
this Richard worked at Brunel University, the       Department for Education.
University of Hull and the University of Essex      The Department’s Head of Delivery for Ipswich
where he established its Southend Campus.           will work alongside the Chair to set the agenda
Richard’s track record in education was recently    for meetings and drive progress in delivering
rewarded with an OBE. He has a long-standing        the ambitions of this plan.
commitment to improving outcomes for children
and young people in Ipswich, demonstrated by
his involvement in the Ipswich Vision and the
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
skills projects, which have strong synergies with
the Opportunity Area programme.

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BUILDING ON STRONG
     FOUNDATIONS

                    Photo credit: West Suffolk College
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Building on strong foundations

We have designed this plan to build on, and fit    • Suffolk County Council, alongside key
around, the great progress that is already being     partners, is leading the delivery of a
made within the town. Strong collaboration           system wide, place and sector based jobs,
will be required to ensure we complement and         employment and skills strategy. ‘Developing
strengthen the successes already achieved            Suffolk Talent’ is inspiring, equipping and
through local partners, including:                   supporting young people across the county
                                                     with the skills and aspiration to progress and
• Suffolk County Council’s ‘Raising the              sustain education, employment or training.
  bar’ initiative, which aims to increase
  attainment for all pupils whilst closing         • An active voluntary sector, including
  the attainment gap for disadvantaged               organisations who are already committed to
  pupils across the county; work is currently        improving social mobility and driving positive
  underway and there are some early signs            outcomes for disadvantaged young people.
  of success.                                      • The Network for East Anglian
• The Suffolk Regional School                        Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) – a
  Improvement Board has been established             consortium of all of the universities in East
  to stimulate and identify recommendations          Anglia who are working together and will
  for school improvement priorities across the       help us ensure Ipswich’s young people
  county to direct funding and support where it      are fully aware of and can access all of the
  is most needed.                                    opportunities that may transform their life
                                                     chances. NEACO have already appointed
• An active network of Teaching Schools              four Higher Education Champions (HECs) to
  within Ipswich including the West Ipswich          work with all secondary schools and sixth-
  Teaching School and Springfield Teaching           form colleges in the Opportunity Area as
  Alliance, both of which have been engaged in       well as Suffolk New College. The HECs are
  developing this plan.                              already delivering a diverse range of targeted
• The Maths Hub at Kesgrave High School,             activity with schools with pupils in years nine
  a secondary-phase teaching school located          to thirteen.
  just outside of the Opportunity Area, which      • MyGo, a dedicated youth employment
  is already supporting a number of primary          service, providing individually tailored support
  schools within Ipswich to deliver high quality     to sixteen to 24 year olds who are NEET into
  maths teaching.                                    sustainable careers and education.
• A strong partnership of further education
  and higher education institutions. The
  University of Suffolk has formed a close
  partnership with four colleges across the
  county, including Suffolk New College and
  West Suffolk College in Ipswich, to widen
  access to higher education. Many students
  in Ipswich also attend Suffolk One, an
  outstanding sixth-form college, located just
  outside of the Opportunity Area.

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Building on strong foundations

Action already underway
To achieve our vision for all young people                               The Education Endowment
in Ipswich, we have already taken action                                 Foundation (EEF) is an
alongside three national partner organisations                           independent charity dedicated
who are offering young people a range of                                 to breaking the link between family income and
positive experiences:                                                    educational achievement - they will support
                                                                         the partnership board and local schools to
The Careers & Enterprise                                                 make the best use of evidence so that schools
Company (CEC) is the                                                     prioritise their time and resources on what
national network that connects                                           works to transform outcomes in the classroom.
schools, colleges and employers to create                                From early 2018, Ipswich will have its own
high-impact careers opportunities for young                              designated EEF Research School4, which will
people – they are appointing volunteers from                             be on the front line, disseminating knowledge
the world of work to be Enterprise Advisers in                           of what works in the classroom to improve
every Ipswich secondary school and college.                              outcomes for pupils.
The CEC has already appointed an Enterprise
Coordinator to coordinate the work of the
Enterprise Adviser Network to ensure every
eleven to eighteen year old in the Ipswich
Opportunity Area benefits from at least four
high quality employer encounters over the life
of the Opportunity Area programme.

The National Citizen Service
builds essential skills for life and
work, investing in our country’s
future talent – they are working to
ensure that more of Ipswich’s young people
can experience and benefit from this four week
programme of personal development and
volunteering. In Ipswich, the National Citizen
Service are already working with Suffolk
County Council to ensure the National Citizen
Service fully reflects the needs of all parts in
Ipswich it seeks to serve, and can align its
programmes sensitively to those needs.

4    The Research Schools Network is a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective
          Education (IEE) to fund a network of schools which will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice.
          www.educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/our-work/research-schools

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Building on strong foundations

Partnering with employers
In Ipswich, and across the region, businesses                      Together we are making a Business
who are committed to supporting the future                         Commitment to young people in Ipswich. We
workforce are already acknowledged through                         will ensure that every eleven to eighteen year
the New Anglia LEP’s ‘Youth Pledge Marque’, an                     old benefits from at least four high quality
award which is given to businesses who commit                      employer encounters over the life of the
to increasing the number of apprenticeships                        Opportunity Area programme. This follows
and work experience placements within a                            research from the Education and Employers
twelve month period or who are members of the                      Taskforce which shows that a young person
Enterprise Adviser Network.                                        who has four or more encounters with an
                                                                   employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed
A number of businesses within Ipswich have                         or not in education or training, and can earn
already made this pledge, including, but not                       up to 18% more during their career5. Delivering
limited to, Ipswich Town and Waterfront, West                      these four encounters will help schools
Suffolk College, Suffolk New College, Inspire                      achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks relating to
Suffolk, East of England Co-op, Ipswich                            ‘encounters with employers’, and ‘experiences
Building Society, The Raedwald Trust and the                       of workplaces’. We will also provide business
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.                                       mentors to support those young people
                                                                   most at risk of disengaging from education,
Building on this success and recognising the
                                                                   employment or training.
key role that business leaders play in creating
opportunities for young people, the Careers &                      More and more businesses are committing
Enterprise Company (CEC), in partnership with                      to improving outcomes for young people in
the New Anglia LEP, have developed a network                       Ipswich by becoming cornerstone employers.
of national and local ‘cornerstone employers’                      The businesses who have committed to
who will support young people in Ipswich.                          become a cornerstone employer so far include:
The cornerstone employers have committed to                        •   Adecco
leading a much wider network of businesses                         •   BT Adastral Park
who will support the area by strengthening
links with schools and providing a range of                        •   Barclays
valuable, evidence based encounters and                            •   Dayle Bayliss Associates
activities to help young people make the                           •   East of England Co-operative
transition from school to work. They will act as                   •   Grant Thornton
ambassadors and champions for best practice                        •   Ipswich Building Society
in engaging with employers. This is why the
CEC are ensuring that every school in Ipswich                      •   John Grose
has access to an Enterprise Coordinator                            •   Lloyds Banking Group
and Enterprise Adviser to coordinate how                           •   Morgan Sindall
employers and schools work together to                             •   Suffolk County Council
improve opportunities for young people.

5   https://www.educationandemployers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/its_who_you_meet_final_26_06_12.pdf

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Putting young people at the heart of this work
       Listening            We will consult with young people across Ipswich about what we
                            are doing and collect their views on how to make the programme
                            a success, ensuring their voices are central to the programme.
                            We will build on earlier research conducted as part of the ‘Ipswich
                            Vision Young Person Engagement Report’, which examined the
                            experiences and expectations of young people living in Ipswich.
                            We will make sure that feedback represents those children and
                            young people who experience disadvantage.

         Action             By April 2018, we will establish a young people’s reference group.
                            We will invite their views on the opportunities and impact of specific
                            activities supported by the programme to test and revise our
                            approach to ensure we affect positive change for the young people
                            of Ipswich. The reference group will be given opportunities to input
                            into the design of new interventions, including the comprehensive
                            social action programme outlined in priority 1 that will be designed
                            and led by young people aged eleven to eighteen.

     Ambassadors            Young people will be ambassadors for the programme. These
                            ambassadors will be ten to 20 year olds who will have inspirational
                            stories to tell that bring alive the programme’s aims and a strong
                            commitment to improving opportunities for young people. Building
                            on the University of Suffolk’s successful social media campaign,
                            Faces of Suffolk, we will deliver a similar social media campaign that
                            showcases these young people’s stories in a way that is emotive,
                            authentic and relatable. The young ambassadors will consult with
                            and represent their peers, find and tell success stories and deliver a
                            communication strategy to engage the wider community.

       Research             We will provide regular information for young people about what the
                            programme is providing for them locally through media that works
                            for young people in Ipswich. We will use on-line ‘pulse’ surveys
                            to collect information, working closely with schools to ensure
                            we receive maximum participation from local young people. Our
                            national Opportunity Area programme evaluation will also allow us
                            to understand changes in outcomes for young people in Ipswich.

This approach is a starting point for putting young people at the heart of this work. We will
evaluate, assess and adjust our approach as work progresses, to ensure young people remain at
the centre of everything we do.

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Our priorities

                 OUR PRIORITIES

                 Photo credit: Suffolk New College
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Our priorities

Priority 1: Ensure all children in Ipswich are
prepared to learn for life by developing key
behaviours such as resilience and self-regulation
  Why this is an issue
  Encouragingly, the percentage of children         One quarter of disadvantaged pupils in
  achieving a good level of development at          Ipswich do not meet the expected level in
  the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage       the speaking ELG and one fifth do not meet
  in Ipswich is in line with national average.      the expected level in the understanding
  However, the data shows that children from        ELG. We know that children who are behind
  disadvantaged backgrounds consistently            in language development at age five are
  achieve lower levels of development than their    six times less likely to reach the expected
  non-disadvantaged peers. Disadvantaged            standard in English at age eleven, and eleven
  children in Ipswich are also less likely to       times less likely to achieve the expected
  achieve an exceeded level in many of the          level in maths (Save the Children, 2016). The
  individual early learning goals (ELGs).           gap in early language development between
                                                    disadvantaged children and their peers is
  School leaders report that not all children       often described as the ‘word gap’. The early
  begin school having developed the                 years provides the one chance to close this
  behaviours they need to learn and fulfil their    gap to ensure disadvantaged children can
  potential, such as agency, resilience and self-   enter school with the skills and language
  regulation. Research shows that our social        development they need to thrive, without
  and emotional development as children             immediately having to play catch up.
  affects many of the things we care about in
  adult life, including adult physical and mental
  health, employment, and life satisfaction
  (Goodman et al. 2015).

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Our priorities

     Why this is an issue

                                                              Percentage of children achieving a good level of development
                                                                  at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2016)

                                                                                                                          57.8%
                                                             Ipswich
                                                                                                                                     70.1%

                                                                                 78.1%
                                                                                                                          57.3%
                                                              Suffolk
                                                                                                                                     72.0%

                                                                                                                        54.4%
                                                             England
                                                                                 21.9%                                               71.7%

                                                                        0%     10%      20%     30%       40%     50%     60%      70%     80%     90%     100%

                                                                                           FSM children         Non-FSM children
                                                                                                                                         Source: National Pupil Database

             Percentage of FSM children achieving early learning goal:                                                          Percentage of FSM children achieving early learning goal:
                              understanding (2016)                                                                                     self-confidence and self-awareness (2016)

      100%                                                                                                              100%
                    7%                      11%                     12%                                                                     6%                             9%                    11%

      80%                                                                                                                            3.0%                          3.1%
                                                                                                                         80%
                                                                                                                                                                                          2.8%

      60%           70%                                             65%                                                  60%
                                            68%                                                                                             81%                           76%                    71%

      40%                                                                                                                40%
                                                                                                                                                 1.1%
                                                                                                                                                                            1.0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    0.8%
      20%                                                                                                                20%
                    22%                     21%                     23%                                                                                                                          18%
                                                                                                                                            13%                           15%
       0%                                                                                                                 0%
                   Ipswich                 Suffolk               England                                                                  Ipswich                     Suffolk                England

                          Exceeded level   Expected level   Emerging level                                                                        Exceeded level       Expected level   Emerging level

                                                                        Source: National Pupil Database                                                                                             Source: National Pupil Database

             Percentage of FSM children achieving early learning goal:                                                          Percentage of FSM children achieving early learning goal:
                                speaking (2016)                                                                                         managing feelings and behaviour (2016)

      100%           6%                     8%                                                                          100%                5%
                                                                    10%                                                                                                    8%                    9%

      80%                                                                                                               80%

      60%           70%                                                                                                 60%
                                            70%                      66%                                                                    77%                           74%                    71%

      40%                                                                                                               40%

      20%                                                                                                               20%
                    25%                     22%                     24%                                                                                                                          20%
                                                                                                                                            18%                           18%
       0%                                                                                                                 0%
                   Ipswich                 Suffolk               England                                                                  Ipswich                     Suffolk                England

                          Exceeded level   Expected level   Emerging level                                                                        Exceeded level       Expected level   Emerging level

                                                                        Source: National Pupil Database                                                                                             Source: National Pupil Database

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  Why this is an issue
  Both parents and formal education settings                                                        absent in Ipswich is over twice that of pupils
  play a key role to play in supporting young                                                       from non-disadvantaged backgrounds. In
  people to develop early language and the                                                          secondary schools, unauthorised absence
  behaviours they need in order to learn.                                                           rates are also higher than nationally and
  However, school leaders report that parents,                                                      higher for disadvantaged pupils than non-
  particularly those from disadvantaged                                                             disadvantaged pupils, which indicates
  backgrounds, can be nervous to engage                                                             that disadvantaged pupils are more likely
  with education settings. This may be                                                              to be disengaged from school. Education
  reflected in the persistent pupil absence                                                         professionals report that young people
  figures in primary schools which are higher                                                       in Ipswich can lack the confidence and
  in Ipswich than nationally; the percentage of                                                     resilience needed to learn, which can prevent
  disadvantaged pupils who are persistently                                                         them from achieving their full potential.

                                                             Percentage living in income deprived households (2015)

                                                         Ipswich                                                          16%

                                                                            68.6%

                                                          Suffolk                                         11%

                                                         England            31.4%                          23%       15%

                                                                     0%                5%           10%            15%                20%

                                                                                                                     Source: Suffolk County Council

              Persistent absence rates in primary schools                                                       Unauthorised absence rates in secondary schools (2016)
                        (2016 – New definition)

     20%                                                                                                  5%

           16.5%
                                 15.5%                   15.1%                                            4%
     15%
                                                                                                                   3.0%                     3.1%
                                                                                                          3%                                                          2.8%
     10%
                   7.8%
                                                                                                          2%
                                          5.9%                       5.7%
      5%                                                                                                                   1.1%                       1.0%
                                                                                                          1%                                                                     0.8%

      0%                                                                                                  0%
             Ipswich                 Suffolk                England                                                 Ipswich                    Suffolk                 England

                   Disadvantaged pupils   Non-disadvantaged pupils                                                          Disadvantaged pupils      Non-disadvantaged pupils

                                                                            Source: School Census                                                                                       Source: School Census

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Our priorities

     What we will do

     • We will ensure that all children from            • To bridge the gap between learning at
       disadvantaged backgrounds are supported            home and at school, we will ensure that
       from birth to develop the social and               parents and education settings are able to
       emotional behaviours needed to learn. We           work together to support children to learn.
       are in the process of launching a package          Using insights from behavioural economics,
       of support for parents, early years settings       we will run a competitive process to
       and primary schools that includes:                 identify two evidence based approaches
                                                          for education settings to effectively
      -- Programmes for parents, carers and               communicate with parents, focused
         families to develop the knowledge and            particularly on engaging parents who are
         tools they need to support their children to     hardest to reach. We will trial each of these
         develop early language and other positive        approaches within at least ten Ipswich
         learning behaviours. We will launch a            schools. After two terms, we will evaluate
         competitive procurement process to               which approach was the most effective and
         identify delivery partners that already          implement this in additional schools.
         have a strong evidence-base either in
         Ipswich, the UK or abroad and we will          • To support young people to develop
         implement the most promising of those            their broader skills and experience whilst
         in Ipswich, reaching at least 100 families.      benefitting their communities, we are
         We will work with children’s centres,            developing a comprehensive programme
         health visitors and early years providers        of youth social action, in coordination with
         to identify and involve the parents, carers      existing organisations in Ipswich. This
         and families that would most benefit from        programme will be designed and led by
         this support, focusing primarily on those        young people (aged eleven to nineteen)
         from disadvantaged backgrounds. The              from disadvantaged backgrounds building
         programmes will be subject to robust             on lessons learned from the national iWill
         evaluation so that we know what works            campaign for youth social action and
         in Ipswich and can expand provision to           National Citizen Service programme; it
         more families in the future.                     will enable them to develop social skills,
      -- Evidence based approaches to                     confidence, resilience and self-regulation
         strengthen practitioner competencies in          by supporting them to work in a team to
         supporting children to develop the social        set and achieve clear goals that will benefit
         and emotional behaviours needed to               their community. We will contract with a
         learn in early years and primary settings,       voluntary and community sector (VCS)
         including settings for children with special     organisation to manage and coordinate
         educational needs. Building on research          this programme and will work with schools
         from the Early Intervention Foundation           and voluntary organisations to identify the
         and Education Endowment Foundation,              young people who would most benefit
         we will pilot approaches in at least four        from being involved. The objectives of the
         early years settings and four primary            programme will be aligned with those of
         schools for two terms before recruiting          the national iWill campaign.
         more settings to the programme.

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Our priorities

  Our 2018 activity will include:
  • In February 2018, we will issue a               • In February 2018, we will launch a
    specification for a delivery partner to           competitive process to identify two
    support parents, carers and families from         evidence based approaches to improving
    disadvantaged backgrounds to enable               effective communication between schools
    their children to develop positive learning       and parents. In the summer term, we will
    behaviours, to be implemented from                recruit schools to trial the new approaches,
    September 2018.                                   with trials beginning in September 2018.
  • In February 2018, we will issue a               • In April 2018, we will partner with
    specification for a development                   a voluntary and community sector
    programme to enable education and                 organisation to manage and coordinate
    childcare professionals to support young          the social action programme, which will be
    people from disadvantaged backgrounds             launched in the summer of 2018.
    to develop the social and emotional skills
    required to learn, to be implemented from
    April 2018.

  Our targets for 2020/21 are:
  • By 2021, the gap between the percentage         • By 2021, parents who
    of disadvantaged pupils and all other             have been supported
    pupils who achieve a good level of                through this programme will
    development at the end of Early Years             perceive their child to have
    Foundation Stage will be half what it was in      more developed social and
    September 2017.                                   emotional skills compared to a baseline
                                                      established in September 2018. The
  • By 2021, the gap between the pupil                views of parents will be collected via the
    absence rates for disadvantaged pupils            Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire,
    and non-disadvantaged pupils in Ipswich           developed by Goodman (2002), and will
    in primary and secondary schools will be          be distributed through health visitors, early
    half what they were in September 2017.            years settings, schools and other delivery
  • By 2021, 50% of fourteen to nineteen year         partners.
    olds and 25% of eleven to thirteen year
    olds in Ipswich will be engaging regularly in
    youth social action.

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Our priorities

Priority 2: Strengthen the teaching profession in
Ipswich by providing world-class support and
development
     Why this is an issue
     Education providers in Ipswich struggle to                                                         to recruit and retain high quality teachers and
     recruit and retain high quality education                                                          subject leaders, particularly in English and
     professionals and support staff. Whilst this                                                       science, technology engineering and maths
     is a national issue, the data suggests that                                                        (STEM).
     teacher vacancy rates are particularly high
     in secondary schools in Ipswich compared                                                           Ipswich has proportionately few National
     to nationally. Local primary schools also                                                          Leaders of Education (NLEs) to help drive
     report difficulties in recruiting and retaining                                                    improvements in educational achievement.
     high quality staff. Local leaders in further                                                       The number of system leaders in Ipswich
     education colleges tell us that they struggle                                                      compared to nationally, is low and there are
                                                                                                        no secondary NLEs in Ipswich.

Why this is an issue

              Rate of system leaders per 1,000 school pupils (2017)                                        Full-time qualified teacher vacancy rates in secondary schools (2016)

       0.30                                                                                               1.5%

       0.25                       0.24                     0.24     0.24                                               1.10%

       0.20                                                                                               1.0%
                0.16
       0.15             0.14
                       7.8%
       0.10                                                                                               0.5%
                                                                                                                                          0.30%
                                                                                                                                                             0.25%
       0.05

                                                  0.00
       0.00                                                                                               0.0%
                       Primary                           Secondary                                                    Ipswich            Suffolk           England

                        Ipswich      Suffolk   England
                                                           Source: System Leaders NCTL, School Census                                                          Source: School Workforce Census

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             Percentage of state funded secondary schools
                  with a vacancy rate over 5% (2016)

     15%
                               13.0%
              12.5%

     10%

                                                  5.3%
      5%

      0%
             Ipswich          Suffolk           England

                                                    Source: School Workforce Census

  What we will do
  We will provide world-class support and                                             -- Access to fully funded national
  development opportunities for teachers and                                             professional qualifications (NPQs) for
  other education professionals in Ipswich                                               existing and aspiring school leaders. In
  to both attract new professionals into                                                 the first year alone, there will be funding
  working in the town and support education                                              for up to 80 education professionals in
  professionals already in Ipswich to develop                                            Ipswich to achieve a NPQ.
  their careers. Our approach will be agreed                                          -- Targeted professional development
  through a workforce development strategy for                                           programmes, such as programmes
  all education and childcare settings, including                                        funded through the Teaching and
  special schools, alternative provision and                                             Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF), which
  colleges. Our approach will include:                                                   include: training and in-school support to
  • Ensuring that every education and childcare                                          improve the teaching of literacy, provided
    professional can access high quality                                                 by Ruth Miskin Training; training for
    career and professional development,                                                 STEM teachers, provided by STEM
    networks for sharing best practice and                                               Learning (Aspire to STEM programme);
    the latest research. We will create a series                                         support to specialist and non-specialist
    of bespoke ‘workforce development’                                                   physics teachers, provided by the
    packages that are tailored to the phase                                              Institute of Physics (Future Physics
    of education a professional is working in                                            Leaders Programme).
    and the stage of their career. In the first                                       -- Networks for all existing professionals
    year alone, at least one third of education                                          to share evidence based best practice,
    professionals in Ipswich will have benefited                                         have access to the latest research and
    from this offer. The packages will include:                                          joint development opportunities.

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Our priorities

     What we will do
      -- An intensive schedule of support for          • Supporting every school and college
         newly qualified teachers (NQTs) during          leader in Ipswich to create a working
         the first and second years of their             environment in which all professionals
         career, reaching around 150 NQTs each           feel their strengths are noticed and
         year. We are seeking input from NQTs,           developed. We will go out to tender for
         schools and initial teacher training (ITT)      high quality leadership and management
         providers to design this support so that it     development based on partnerships with
         complements and builds on the training          businesses, so that schools, colleges, and
         NQTs already receive, and focuses on            businesses can learn from each other.
         the areas in which NQTs experience              The programme will focus on building
         most difficultly, including behaviour and       and refining the core skills needed for
         workload management.                            successful and efficient leadership such as
      -- Support for existing strong leaders             time management, financial management,
         within Ipswich to become NLEs. In the           people development, crisis management
         first year, we will work with two existing      and managing change.
         leaders to provide tailored support in        • Attract new education professionals to
         their application to become a NLE.              work in Ipswich by broadening the routes
                                                         available for graduates and non-graduates,
                                                         drawing on internship, apprenticeship and
                                                         ITT based approaches. We will work with
                                                         training providers to present and promote
                                                         Ipswich as a great place to teach within
                                                         and outside of the town, presenting a
                                                         clear map of the routes into the education
                                                         profession so that the pathways in are
                                                         clear and accessible to all.

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    Our 2018 activity will include:
    • By May 2018, we will launch a workforce                             • We will recruit up to 80 aspiring and
      development strategy with a tailored offer                            existing school leaders in Ipswich on
      to professionals at different stages of their                         to fully funded National Professional
      career, developed in collaboration with                               Qualifications in this academic year.
      childcare settings, schools, colleges, the
      university and the local authority. Activity                        • By April 2018, we will launch a competitive
      will start in September 2018 and reach at                             process to identify a high quality leadership
      least one third of education professionals                            and development programme based on
      in the first year.                                                    partnerships with business, which will be
                                                                            implemented from September 2018.

    Our targets for 2020/21 are:
    • By 2021, childcare and education                                    • By 2021, the focus on
      professionals will report a higher level of                           professional and career
      job satisfaction, as measured by a survey                             development within the
      based on the ‘job satisfaction’ questions                             education profession will
      in TALIS6, compared to a baseline                                     mean that the proportion
      established in the spring term of 2018.                               of NLEs per 1000 primary and secondary
                                                                            pupils in Ipswich is at least equal to
    • By 2021, the full time teacher vacancy                                national average.
      rates in primary and secondary schools will
      have reduced and will be below national
      average.

    1
•
6	TALIS is the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey. It is an international survey that offers an opportunity for teachers and
   school leaders to have their say in 6 areas: learning environment; appraisal and feedback; teaching practices and classroom environment;
   development and support; school leadership; self-efficacy and job satisfaction.
   http://www.oecd.org/education/talis.htm

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Our priorities

Priority 3: Improve attainment for disadvantaged
pupils by embedding evidence based practice
in the teaching of English and maths
     Why this is an issue
     The educational performance of ‘all pupils’ in   is stark and much greater than the gap
     Ipswich is low at the end of primary school      nationally. School leaders report that to
     (key stage 2) and at the end of secondary        improve the overall attainment of young
     school (key stage 4), with disadvantaged         people in Ipswich, pupils need more
     pupils achieving lower levels of attainment      support to develop analytical, writing
     compared to all pupils in Ipswich and            and comprehension skills. It follows that
     disadvantaged pupils nationally.                 if we improve attainment in English and
                                                      maths throughout the education phases,
     At key stage 2, approximately one third of       overall attainment will improve also and
     disadvantaged pupils met the expected            disadvantaged pupils will be able to make
     standard in reading, writing and maths in        more progress in subjects across the board.
     2016, and around half of all pupils met
     this standard. At key stage 4, Attainment        Although all post-16 providers in and
     8 scores were lower for pupils in Ipswich        around Ipswich are rated at least good by
     compared to nationally in 2016, with             Ofsted, further education colleges find it
     disadvantaged pupils achieving lower             difficult to engage pupils in level 2 English
     Attainment 8 scores than their peers             and maths where they have not achieved
     nationally.                                      the qualification by the age of 16. The data
                                                      shows that too few pupils in Ipswich are
     The gap between the progress made by             qualified to level 2 (GCSE level or equivalent)
     disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged              in English and maths by age nineteen,
     pupils at the end of key stage 4 in Ipswich      particularly pupils who are disadvantaged.

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  Why this is an issue

       Percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading,                                                   Percentage of 19 year olds qualified to Level 2 in English and maths
             writing and maths at the end of key stage 2 (2016)                                                                               (cohort aged 19 in 2016)

     100%                                                                                                               100%

     80%                                                                                                                80%
                                                                                                                                                                                                           71%
                                                                                                                                                                          70%
                                                                                                                                             65%
     60%                                                                              54%                               60%                                                                     53%           54%
                         49%                          49%                                                                                                        48%
                                                                                                                                  45%
                         7.8%                                              39%                                                                                                                  39%
     40%          35%                     33%                                                                           40%
                                                      5.9%                            5.7%                                                                                                                    5.7%

     20%                                                                                                                 20%

      0%                                                                                                                 0%
                   Ipswich                     Suffolk                      England                                                  Ipswich                       Suffolk                        England

                               Disadvantaged pupils          All pupils                                                                          Disadvantaged pupils         All pupils

                                                                                Source: Revised KS2 assessment data                                                                               Source: DfE matched administrative data

    Average Attainment 8 scores for pupils at the end of key stage 4 (2016)                                             Average Progress 8 scores of pupils at the end of key stage 4 (2016)

       15                                                                                                                0.3

                                                                                                                         0.2                                    0.08 0.14
                                                                                                                                                                              0.10
                               10.8           11.1                                                                       0.1
                  10.4                                      10.1           10.1            10.6                                                                                                        0.02
       10                               9.1                                                                              0.0
            8.4          8.6
                                                                                     8.0                                 -0.1                                                                                 -0.03
                                                      7.4            7.6
                                                                                                                         -0.2
                                                                                                                                                                                               -0.07

        5                                                                                                                -0.3

                                                                                                                         -0.4
                                                                                                                                                 -0.38
                                                                                                                         -0.5            -0.42
        0                                                                                                                -0.6    -0.44
            Ipswich      Suffolk       England        Ipswich         Suffolk         England                                   Disadvantaged pupils      Non-disadvantaged pupils                 All pupils
                   English component                         Maths component
                         Disadvantaged pupils          Non-disadvantaged pupils                                                                       Ipswich       Suffolk          England
                                                                                  Source: Revised KS4 attainment data                                                                                  Source: Revised KS4 attainment data

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Our priorities

     What we will do
     • Improve outcomes for all pupils through             improved outcomes for disadvantaged
       a focus on embedding evidence based                 pupils in challenging contexts. Funding
       practice in English and maths in all                will be provided for senior leaders and
       education settings, including special               teachers to visit schools and colleges that
       schools and colleges, with a particular             perform highly in terms of the attainment
       focus on what works for disadvantaged               of disadvantaged pupils, with the aim of
       pupils. We will engage all schools and              stimulating long-running and mutually
       colleges so they can access a range of              beneficial partnerships.
       support, including:                             • In addition to opportunities funded from the
      -- Fully funded support for all schools            Opportunity Area funding, schools in Ipswich
         to embed teaching for mastery in                will also be able to access support funded
         mathematics in their classrooms.                through the second round of the Strategic
                                                         School Improvement Fund (SSIF) and
      -- Access to evidence based programmes             programmes funded through the first round
         to improve attainment specifically for          of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation
         disadvantaged pupils through the                Fund (TLIF), which includes training and in-
         teaching of English and maths, with a           school support to improve the teaching of
         particular focus on supporting pupils           literacy through phonics in primary schools,
         to develop analytical, writing and              provided by Ruth Miskin Training.
         comprehension skills. We will launch
         a fund that schools and colleges can          • To ensure that all pupils are able to engage
         access to try approaches that are new           in their education settings to benefit from
         to them but have a strong evidence              this activity, we will improve the continuity
         base. Individual schools or small groups        of learning between education phases
         of schools will be able to access funding       for those most at risk of disengagement.
         of up to £25,000 for discreet projects.         We will establish a research project
      -- Support from the EEF Research School            to determine the best way to support
         to develop their own innovative practice        disadvantaged pupils in their transition
         in this area and establish measurement          between education phases. In the first
         systems so they know whether new                year, this research project will focus on
         approaches have worked. This will include       transitions from primary to secondary and
         a range of coordinated development              from key stage 4 to college and will include
         events focused on improving attainment          three secondary schools, each with one
         in English and maths. These events will be      primary feeder school, and one post-16
         led by leading practitioners and will share     college with one feeder secondary school.
         the latest research and best practice from      The pupils targeted in this project will
         across the country.                             include pupils who have been eligible for
                                                         free school meals for the majority of their
      -- Facilitating links with other schools and       education and are furthest behind in terms
         colleges in England who have successfully       of attainment.

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Our priorities

  Our 2018 activity will include:
  • In January 2018, we designated an EEF              • From January 2018, schools will
    Research School for Ipswich.                         participate in projects funded through the
                                                         TLIF and SSIF to embed evidence based
  • In February 2018, we will agree with the             practice in primary and secondary schools
    Maths Hub and EEF Research School a                  to raise attainment in English and maths
    plan for delivering teaching for mastery             subjects at key stages 2-4.
    in mathematics to all schools in Ipswich,
    including secondary schools, to start              • By April 2018, we will recruit three
    implementation in April 2018.                        secondary schools, each with one primary
                                                         feeder school, and one post-16 college
  • On 1 February 2018, we will launch the               with one feeder secondary school, to
    Ipswich Evidence Based Practice Fund,                participate in the research project to
    which will provide grants of up to £25,000           determine the best way to support
    to individual schools or small groups                disadvantaged pupils in their transition
    of schools to improve attainment for                 between education phases. The research
    disadvantaged pupils through the teaching            project will begin in June 2018, to provide
    of English and maths.                                support for pupils moving from primary
                                                         to secondary school and from secondary
                                                         school to college in September 2018.

  Our targets for 2020/21 are:
  • By 2021, attainment at key stage 2 and             • By 2021, the average
    key stage 4 will be in the top half of all local     Progress 8 score of
    authority districts in England.                      disadvantaged pupils will
                                                         be in the top half of all local
  • By 2021, the gap between the attainment              authority districts in England.
    of disadvantaged pupils and all pupils will
    be half of what it was in September 2017.          • By 2021, the proportion of pupils achieving
                                                         level 2 in English and maths by age 16 will
                                                         exceed the national average.

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Our priorities

Priority 4: Inspire and equip young people with
the skills and guidance they need to pursue an
ambitious career pathway
     Why this is an issue
     Overall, a similar proportion of pupils in        in Ipswich are less likely to progress to a
     Ipswich are in a sustained positive destination   UK higher education institution after key
     (in education, employment or training) for at     stage 5 than nationally, particularly if they
     least the first two terms (October to March)      are disadvantaged. This difference is even
     after finishing key stage 4 compared to           starker when we look at the percentage
     nationally. However, disadvantaged pupils         of pupils in Ipswich who progress to a top
     in Ipswich are less likely to be in a sustained   third higher education institution, with only
     destination during this period than other         5% of disadvantaged young people in
     pupils in Ipswich. Similarly, the percentage      Ipswich progressing to a top third university
     of disadvantaged pupils in a sustained            compared to 13% nationally.
     destination for the first two terms after key
     stage 5 is also low compared to nationally.       The average gross weekly wage in Ipswich is
     Statistics provided by Suffolk County Council     low (£509 compared £552 nationally in 2017)
     state that 5.4% of young people in Ipswich        which reflects concerns from stakeholders
     between the age of sixteen to eighteen are        that workers tend to be in low skill, low pay,
     NEET, compared to 2.7% of young people            jobs. Businesses are finding it difficult to
     nationally; this equates to around 175 young      engage with schools but both schools and
     people in the town.                               businesses agree that we need to do more
                                                       to provide young people with the skills and
     Encouragingly, the percentage of                  experience to access more highly paid roles
     disadvantaged pupils who access a                 in and around the town.
     funded apprenticeship after key stage 5
     is higher than nationally. However, pupils

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  Why this is an issue

       Percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 4 in 2014 who were                                                       Percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 5 in 2014 who were
          in overall sustained education and/or employment in 2015                                                              in overall sustained education and/or employment in 2015

    100%            94%                       95%                                                                          100%
                                    89%                                     94%
             88%                                                   88%                                                                           88%                         88%                           88%
                                                                                                                                                                                                 84%
                                                                                                                                        81%
     80%                                                                                                                                                           78%
                                                                                                                           80%

     60%                                                                                                                   60%

     40%                                                                                                                   40%

     20%                                                                                                                   20%

      0%                                                                                                                    0%
               Ipswich                 Suffolk                      England                                                               Ipswich                    Suffolk                       England

                     Disadvantaged pupils      All pupils                                                                                         Disadvantaged pupils       All pupils
                                                            Source: Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset                                                                                Source: Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset

            Percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 5 in 2014                                                            Percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 5 in 2014 who were
                    who were in apprenticeships in 2015                                                                          in the top third of UK higher education institution in 2015

     15%                                                                                                                    20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                           17%
             11%                                                                                                                                                             15%
                    10%                                                                                                     15%
     10%                                      9%                                                                                                 13%

                                     7%                                      7%                                                                                                                  10%
                                                                                                                            10%
                                                                    6%                                                                                             8%
      5%
                                                                                                                                        5%
                                                                                                                             5%

      0%                                                                                                                     0%
               Ipswich                 Suffolk                      England                                                               Ipswich                    Suffolk                       England

                     Disadvantaged pupils      All pupils                                                                                          Disadvantaged pupils       All pupils

                                                            Source: Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset                                                                                Source: Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset

                                            Percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 5 in 2014 who went to one of the top third UK
                                                                       higher education institutions in 2015
                                                                                                                                          49%
                                                             50%
                                                                                                                                  44%
                                                                                                              41%
                                                             40%                    37%
                                                                                                     31%
                                                             30%          26%

                                                             20%

                                                             10%

                                                              0%
                                                                            Ipswich                     Suffolk                   England

                                                                                     Disadvantaged pupils     All pupils

                                                                                                                                        Source: Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset

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Our priorities

     What we will do
     • Provide the strongest possible support to        employers for Ipswich are already
       young people about the full range of their       playing a key role in strengthening the
       options and what they can do to achieve          links between business and schools to
       their goals, by coordinating the work of         help young people make the transition
       the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC),          from school to work. They are acting as
       Network for East Anglia Collaborative            ambassadors and champions for best
       Outreach (NEACO) and National Citizen            practice in engaging with and supporting
       Service, so they work together to support        schools. Working with business, the
       young people in making decisions about           CEC will appoint volunteers from the
       their futures:                                   world of work to who will work with
                                                        the schools and colleges to ensure
      -- The CEC are engaging with schools to           that they develop strong careers and
         provide young people in Ipswich with           enterprise plans, leading to every young
         over 43,000 opportunities to experience        person receiving at least four meaningful
         the world of work (four experiences            encounters with the world of work.
         per young person) over the life of
         the Opportunity Area programme, to           -- NEACO is using dedicated funding to
         enable them to understand what work             encourage and support more young
         is, explore their options and build real        people to apply to higher education or
         confidence about their future. A share          higher level apprenticeships.
         of the CEC’s £2m investment fund is          -- The National Citizen Service will
         contributing to the delivery of these           trial new approaches to encourage
         employer encounters through a range             and support more young people to
         innovative careers activities from local        complete the National Citizen Service,
         and national careers organisations.             and to strengthen the benefits for
         They are bringing together employers,           those that do, so that more young
         secondary schools and colleges                  people are developing the broader
         to create strong connections and                skill set they need to complement their
         relationships that prioritise young people      academic qualifications.
         and their future. The cornerstone

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