A New Plan To Transform Opportunities for Young People in Ipswich

Through this Opportunity Area programme they will look to help children and young people to fulfil their ambitions and make the most of their lives.




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

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

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

  • Activities that will ensure all children are prepared to learn for life through support for parents and practitioners to help children develop positive learning behaviours from birth, better communication between schools and parents, and a youth-led social action programme.
  • An ambition to strengthen the teaching profession by providing world class support and development, including tailored development packages for all education professionals, and a high quality skills-based leadership and development programme for all school leaders.
  • Driving rapid improvement in attainment for disadvantaged pupils by embedding evidence-based practice in the teaching of English and maths and supporting the most vulnerable pupils through key transitions in their educational careers.
  • Activities that will inspire and equip young people with the skills and guidance they need to pursue an ambitious career pathway, including meaningful encounters with employers for every young person, and a shared network of qualified career leaders for Ipswich schools.

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Schools Forum backs Labour’s childcare help plea

Suffolk Labour Group

Labour’s Children’s Services spokesperson, Cllr Helen Armitage, has cautiously welcomed the news that the Early Years funding allocation from Suffolk County Council is set to rise and that changes to deprivation and special needs funding are to be introduced.

The Schools Forum committee (11th January 2018) will recommend to the County Council that funding for children in the Early Years setting should be increased to £4.00 and that Special Education Needs should be paid to providers on a needs basis rather than as 4p per hour per child no matter what their need. Changes to deprivation payments mean that these will now be targeted at those that need them.

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Sporting Memories groups coming to six Suffolk libraries

Sporting Memories reminiscence groups are to be established at six Suffolk libraries.

These new groups for over-50s will be starting at Hadleigh Library, Ipswich County Library, Lowestoft Library, Newmarket Library, Stowmarket Library and Sudbury Library in February 2018. Attendees can handle superb sporting images and memorabilia from local and national collections, share memories and stories of watching or participating in sport and enjoy quizzes, games and gentle activity while making new friends.

Anyone is welcome to come along to a session to find out more, whether it’s for themselves or a relative or friend. People with dementia and mental health difficulties are especially welcome. The groups cover all types of sport, though it is expected that as 2018 marks 40 years since Ipswich Town won the FA Cup, the 1978 cup run will be a particular topic of conversation!

Suffolk Libraries are also looking for volunteers to run and support the groups. Volunteers will receive full training at a special induction on Tuesday 23 January from 10am – 2pm at Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich.

The Sporting Memories groups will launch on Tuesday 6 February at Ipswich County Library. Local Suffolk sporting ambassadors will be sharing some of their stories, and anyone is welcome to bring along their own memorabilia and photographs to trigger memories and start conversations.

Richard Hunt, Sporting Memories Suffolk project manager, said: “Sport is a powerful medium for many people, providing memories of great games, sporting legends and marvellous victories, but also the friendships made and the sense of community that playing or watching sports brings. Talking about sporting events and cultures of the time helps to give people their identity back and reconnect them to the people and generations around them.

“We think that libraries are the perfect place to bring people together to form new groups in Suffolk and we hope people will come forward to find out more. We’re particularly keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to help run the new groups.”

James Powell, marketing and communications manager at Suffolk Libraries, added: “We are delighted to be working with Sporting Memories in 2018. Sport has touched all of our lives at some time, either at school, as an activity, spectator, or in our leisure time. Using the Sporting Memories collections and resources are an excellent way to reconnect with those experiences, bring friends together and have fun.”

To find out more about the new groups, visit Suffolk Libraries Sporting Memories page. https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/events-activities/sporting-memories/

If you’re interested in volunteering, visit Sporting Memories volunteering page. https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/events-activities/sporting-memories/volunteer-for-sporting-memories/

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Merry Christmas

Wishing a very merry Christmas to all those who celebrate

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23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don’t “See Color”)

Thought Catalog

Cameron RussellCameron Russell

If the first words out of your mouth are to cry ‘political correctness!’, … chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem. N.K. Jemisin
White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being. Other demographic groups set themselves apart, to pursue their distinctive identities and interests and agendas. Whiteness, to white people, is the American default. Tom Scocca
trust anyone
who says
they do not see color.
this means
to them,
you are invisible. Nayyirah Waheed
People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you. Samuel L. Jackson
The problem is…

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We won’t play shabby back-room politics

Suffolk Labour Group

sandy martinThe following is Suffolk County Council Labour Group leader Sandy Martin’s speech to the Annual Meeting of the Council, delivered on the 30th May 2014.

Mr Chairman, congratulations on your election.

On 2 May last year, 79 thousand Suffolk residents voted Conservative, 54 thousand voted Labour, 40 thousand UKIP and 22 thousand Lib Dem. That may not look like an overwhelming endorsement for one political party, but it was enough to elect more Councillors for the Conservative Party than for all of the other parties put together.

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As people of colour, voting is only one part of our civic duty

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By Huma Munshi

It was Russell Brand that said he never voted. I was reminded of this on hearing the results of the local and European elections over the last few days. He noted in his New Statesmanarticle: “I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.”

With only 33.8% of UK voters taking part in these elections, the issue of voter apathy must be examined. Is it a political act of defiance? Is it ignorance at the system? Does it indicate that alienation from the political system is so entrenched that voting, political parties and representative democracy are all seemingly a pointless charade? As the final results come in from the…

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