Schools Co-operative Society

  • Co-operative

    Education Models

    Co-operative education has been embedded in local communities for centuries: those with knowledge or skills would share these with those who lacked them. Schools were established under various sponsors - local philanthropists, parish councils, self-help groups and others.

    In the last 30 years, there has been a true renaissance in the life of co-operative education, resulting in a significant movement across the country.

Co-operative Foundation Trusts

In 2007 a small group of head teachers and education professionals developed a model in which co-operative ideals would be built into school governance:  the Co-operative Foundation Trust Model used by hundreds of schools today.

A Co-operative Foundation Trust model involves:-

  • affirming a commitment to Co-operative Values and Principles
  • a thorough consultation with the learning community to set out the principles and the purpose
  • ensuring that stakeholders such as parents, staff, learners and members of the local community have a genuine ‘say’ in the affairs of the organisation.
  • establishing a legal foundation or Trust
  • working as a collective to safeguard the values and principles, to deliver collective responsibility for school improvement and mutual support

In a changing education landscape,  the Co-operative Foundation Trust model can help to form and sustain education partnerships with a strong shared vision and values.

For further information, please contact your regional office in the first instance.


The Co-operative Academy Model

Co-operative Academies and Multi Academy Trusts have a distinctive character as a DfE recognised variation to other Academy models.

The shared vision and values are embedded into the Co-operative Articles incorporate a strong element of accountability to the local learning community in order to sharpen the focus on  the benefit for our young people.

Any school considering becoming a Co-operative Academy should ensure that its values are closely aligned with that of the movement and the school should be certain that it can uphold these values at all times.

For further information, please contact your CSNET regional office.