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Our Trust is built around autonomy for our family of schools to allow Heads and local governing bodies to make decisions in the best interests of their pupils, underpinned by highly effective challenge and support from the central team.
We work with integrity in all we do and in partnership with our schools.
With Tilian you retain your identity and ethos.
Welcome to the Tilian Partnership of schools website. Tilian is a high performing primary MAT based in Suffolk. We are centred around the three key themes of
Because of this, our schools remain in control of their curriculum, finances and other major decisions when taken for the best interests of their pupils. Unlike many MATs we involve our local governance Chairs in MAT decisions so we provide the services that schools truly need.
We believe that all schools are entitled to high quality School Improvement. We therefore have a dedicated team to support school improvement and utilise expertise from our schools and external practitioners to help Heads develop their schools.
We understand that Headteachers are vital to the success of a school and we also know the pressures on them. We have therefore prioritised Headteacher well-being through support services such as confidential, half-termly, coaching sessions with an independent and trained coach as well as the creation of a new role focused on ongoing support for heads (once again completely confidential). We welcome Phil Knowles to this part-time role. We are also fully supportive during inspections, before, during and after to give heads and staff additional support, guidance and back-up.
Andrew Berry, CEO of the Tilian Partnership
News and Events
Gemma Cannon - Headteacher
Nestle Executives stunned by Gislingham pupils
As part of their work on Farm Schools, Year 5 pupils at Gislingham presented their projects on sustainability in food cereals to top executives from Nestle.
The children spoke with great skill, knowledge and conviction. The impact on the audience was significant moving from great joy and laughter to a few tears.
September PD DAY
Michelle Boyd, Head of Bardwell, led an engaging session on supporting children with the acquisition of tier 2 vocabulary.
This linked closely to the Trust's focus on Oracy this year, led by Louise Clark, Chief Improvement Officer.
OFSTED Crawford's CE Primary achieves GOOD in all areas. The report justifies the school's decision to adopt a "radically different", broad and balanced curriculum for its pupils, whilst still focusing on the core subjects of English and Maths. It also demonstrates the value of a MAT that allows autonomy for its schools.
Highlights of the report include:
Pupils know that they are expected to behave well and work hard.
Staff are skilled at teaching early reading.
Teachers work closely with the trust to improve the curriculum.
Pupils across the school are benefiting from the improved reading and mathematics curriculum.
Leaders have made sure that there is a good-quality curriculum in place.
The school’s core values, known as ‘cogs’, are woven throughout the curriculum. Leaders and staff refer to these regularly in lessons and assemblies.
2023: Another successful year for building funds
Trust schools have once again been very successful in securing government funds for building works.
Creating Our New School Improvement Offer
The Headteachers of our schools are working with Louise Clark, Chief Improvement Officer, and external experts to create a new offer which meets the needs of all schools. Working in partnership with our excellent leaders ensures that our offer focuses on effective strategies drawn from the latest educational research.