In the East of England, we currently place participants in Ipswich and Peterborough, and establishing relationships with schools and other partners in Norfolk is a key priority.
There is a stark need for our work in this region. Although the percentage of pupils claiming Free School Meals is lower overall in this area than national averages, it’s clear that areas with high levels of deprivation are masked by others that are significantly less deprived. Only 39% of pupils from the 10% most income-deprived postcodes in the East of England achieve five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C including English and Maths, compared to 77% from the 10% wealthiest postcodes.
There are currently 88 Leadership Development Programme (LDP) participants in the East of England, working in 40 schools in the area. Participants in this region have taught a number of different curriculum areas, including English, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Science and Primary.
Some of our ambassadors (those who have completed the LDP) have provided crucial support as we expand our reach across the East of England, including by providing support to our current participants.
“There’s so much to do in Peterborough. You could go and watch ‘The Posh’ at London Road or take a relaxing stroll or jog along the River Nene. There are also some great curry houses and we all went to a great Afghan restaurant. I haven’t been, but there is also an exotic pet refuge – how great does that sound? And you have the chattiest and friendliest cab drivers I have ever come across.”