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Tamsin Little, MA (Education) - Director of Primary Education

Having first worked as a Classroom Teacher & SEND Coordinator, Tamsin took on the headship of a small rural school in Suffolk.  Following an intense and rapid period of improvement, the school was proud to achieve a very secure ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement along with a ‘Good’ judgement, with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership and Management, in a SIAMS Inspection.  The school team were particularly pleased to have made these achievements in light of the schools embedded ethos of inclusion.

The Ofsted report highlighted the positive impact of the school’s partnership working model. ‘Collaborative working, in a safe and transparent environment, enables leaders and wider school communities to benefit from joint strategic planning, with individuals focussing on their areas of specialism’.  

Following these successful outcomes, Tamsin began working with other schools supporting them to plan and deliver school improvement. Tamsin is committed to effective partnership working and collaboration that can enable all to meet their potential - mirroring the central ethos of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust.  

Tamsin joined COnsortium in 2017 and since then has worked closely with Academy Heads, Executive Leaders and members of the Trust Board; to ensure that schools are well supported to deliver exceptional education for all pupils in the 11 member schools.  The Trust is built on a partnership model and all aspects of school improvement are approached in this way, building strong relationships with all stakeholders.

Before entering primary education, Tamsin had a successful career in social regeneration, supporting adults into learning and work.  She entered higher education as a mature student, achieving a bachelor degree focused on the theory of education and learning, with the principle of equality and access for all learners running through its core. 

As Director of Primary Education, Tamsin is responsible for ensuring that the teaching and learning in our schools is exceptional.

Sam Cutler, Head of Service - Curriculum Innovation

Sam has been an educationalist since 1993, starting her career as an NQT at Yoxford Primary School.

Sam's heart lays with early years practice and is commited to developing curriculum innovation, recognising that in addition to academic attainment, there are so many more things which children should experience in their childhood, such as flying a kite, getting a train to somewhere new, rolling down a hill and visiting the Houses of Parliament.

Sam's passion lays with the broader aspects of teaching and learning,  complimenting the academic cornerstones of our curriculum, such as the introduction of Pupil Parliament, P4C and Latin. To discover more about our Curriculum Innovation, please refer to the 'Our Pupils' tab.

Sam may be contacted by email at:  http://curriculum@consortiumacademy.org

Debbie Thomas, Head of Service - Education for All

We are looking forward to Debbie joining us in the Central Team in a secondment role from Academy Head of Rendlesham Primary School, to Head of Service of Education for All, in October.




Debbie may be contacted by email at:

Caroline Rankin, Head of Service - EYFS

Caroline joined the Trust as Head of Service for the Early Years Foundation Stage, in April 2018 to manage the delivery of the statutory and strategic functions of the Trust in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Caroline works within the Education and Learning team, with responsibility for EYFS provision and compliance across the Trust.

Caroline supports the training needs for EYFS staff across the Trust, to ensure that staff working in this area of education have the skills required to support children’s development from Nursery to Reception, providing high-quality early education.

Caroline may be contacted by email at:  http://hoseyfs@consortiumacademy.org

Nigel Shaddick, Head of Service - WISA

Nigel joined the Trust in September 2018 to manage Welfare, Inclusion, Safeguarding & Attendance of children across the Trust.

Nigel has previously worked as the Senior Welfare Attendance Officer for Suffolk County Council as well as EWO for other academy trusts and is best placed to provide guidance, advice and support to schools with all matters relating to attendance, conflict resolution and pupil welfare.

Nigel may be contacted by email at:  http://hoswisa@consortiumacademy.org

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