Thomas Tallis Partnership

This south London partnership uses a model of democratic community decision-making on their residentials in order to foster teamwork, communication skills, inclusion, deep reflection and student voice.

The three schools have offered their own diverse residentials with a range of aims including attainment, cohesion, school culture change, building independence, and work experience. However, each residential draws on a democratic model for building learning communities.

The schools’ close partnership work with local provider Wide Horizons means that centre staff are also trained in this model and can use it with students on residentials.

“It felt like we worked really well together, we listened to each other, we had really good ideas.”

Year 12 student, Thomas Tallis School, on their ‘Apprentice-style’ Business Studies residential experience