Co-operative Academies are schools in the academy sector that have adopted an ethos and governance structure that includes a voice for key stakeholder groups. The Co-operative Values and Principles that form a key part of this also meet the expectations outlined by the Department for Education (DfE) for successful Academies.
Schools who meet the criteria for conversion to academy status are able to select the recently revised and approve Co-operative Academy company articles. Many schools are choosing to form larger groups as Multi-Academy Trusts where the Co-operative Principle of autonomy and Values of equality and democracy really come in to their own.
Co-operative academies, other co-operative entities and the Schools Co-operative Society itself act as sponsors for a number of schools across the country.
The wider SCS Network can support other existing academies and MATs who wish to adopt Co-operative Values and Principles for their Academy Trust.