The Co-operative movement has operated for over 160 years across a large number of fields, from finance to farming and retail.
Over the last ten years a revolution in the way schools can operate and be organised has allowed the creation of an education sector of the UK Co-operative Movement.
Just as the co-operative way of running a business, or association, presents an alternative to the more traditional 'plc' approach, Co-operative Schools offer an alternative way of educating our children by putting the community and needs of the stakeholders at the centre of the educational process.
As the national body for the co-operative education sector, SCS co-ordinates, support and gives a voice to hundreds of Co-operative Trusts and Co-operative Academies across the UK.
We work with CSNET, which is our dedicated network of four regional groupings working for our schools.
We also work closely with a number of co-operative partners, including Coops UK - providing both local support for education in each region and a joined up national approach.