The core purpose of SCS
SCS was established in 2009 to provide a voice for our family of cooperative learning communities and to foster further growth in the sector. The Schools Co-operative Society (SCS) is a national body which currently represents around 300 state-funded schools that share a co-operative ethos.
SCS is registered as a Cooperative. It has a formal constitution – known as the ‘Articles’ – providing a framework of rules and procedures for its work. A copy can be downloaded by clicking here. The ultimate control of SCS itself rests with the membership, being those schools or individuals who have paid annual subscriptions.
SCS is ‘owned’ by and run for member schools as a co-operative society, committed to supporting them through a regional, representative approach. This is delivered for SCS through a national network commissioned and managed through CSNET (The Cooperative Schools Network), which is in turn a small company set up and managed by members.
SCS has a small Board of Director/Trustees who meet regularly to oversee strategy for developing the sector, promoting and advocating policies which are compatible with our values and principles. The Board are elected, with members encouraged to become involved at regional or national level in their work and SCS holds an Annual General Meeting at the beginning of each year, in order to report on developments and work in progress.
The National Advisory Board
SCS agrees the use of funds and current priorities within its strong working relationship with CSNET through a joint National Advisory Board. All members of the NAB are expected to abide by the agreed terms of reference for this group, to complete a written declaration of interests and to demonstrate a commitment to cooperative values and principles.
For more information, please contact CSNET, who have been commissioned to provide support services for The Schools Co-operative Society.
The contact information for CSNET and for any enquiries about SCS can be found by clicking here to move to the main CSNET website.