Co-operative Trust Schools
The Co-operative Foundation Trust model was developed in 2008 as opportunities arose for schools to develop more autonomy with their governance and partnership arrangements. As with all co-operative school models, Foundations Trusts retain an element of democratic accountability which roots them in their communities.
Essentially a Foundation Trust School is a maintained school supported by a charitable foundation (often called the Trust). The Trust appoints some of the governors in most models, but schools maintain both links to the Local Authority and local autonomy. By involving partners in the Trust, the aim is to use their experience and expertise to strengthen the leadership and governance and hence to help raise standards.
"In the end it’s quite simple; it’s about changing the world for the better" Learner Member at a Co-operative School