Schools Co-operative Society

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    This section contains some answers to questions about the Schools Co-operative Society that may provide the information you are looking for. We are also more than happy to help you further.

    An important part of our work is the contacts schools can make locally and regionally across our networks and there are many other Co-operative Schools that would be happy to help.

    Each region will also have its own method of making contact and answering questions and members should ensure they are in contact with their regional representative.

    If you have a general enquiry then please get in touch using the contact page on this site

Are you an academy sponsor?

We have developed a number of SCS sponsored Academy Trusts across the country including Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and the Eastern Region. We also work closely with many established Co-operative Academy Groups.

We are very pleased to announce that our Eastern Region Office has recently been approved as a suitable sponsor for academy schools via a regional Multi Academy Trust. This will enable us to bring develop a co-operative academy structure with Values and Principles at the heart. If you are interested in finding out more as either as a school or education professional we are more than happy to hear from you to discuss things further.

We can also offer support in building your own Co-operative Academy Trust including full support during the process and in the longer term. There are also existing co-operative multi-academy trusts in many areas that we work with and we are happy to signpost schools.

The co-operative approach to academies is unique in its core values of democracy, equality and solidarity and its strength is found in a network of schools who fully embrace co-operative education in their ways of working.

There is no need to rush into the academy model for existing co-operative foundation trust schools. We are building further MAT structures for schools who may want or need an alternative option, however strong co-operative partnerships are the key, no matter what legal form they take.

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