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

What types of school do you support?

We will support any school that would like to work together and who shares our vision and values of co-operative education.

We are take an agnostic view on particular legal structures and models and believe that any school can achieve success through co-operative education in any form. The recent white paper announced the intention to end Foundation Status for schools by 2020(2) and we understand this to mean that it would be difficult for any new schools to consider co-operative foundation status as an alternative to academisation, but it is possible in many Local Authority areas. We are however actively working with existing Foundation Trust Schools and those who have already begun the conversion process.

In response to the changing landscape we have also developed academy trust working models within the DfE defined framework which utilises the co-operative values and principles. A Co-operative Academy Trust provides a shared vision for schools who wish to work together democratically and on an equal footing. The SCS Regional Network can provide a variety of services for groups of schools creating their own trusts including conversion and ongoing support. We are also adding to our network of directly sponsored trusts which are available to any school who would like to be part of the bigger co-operative family.

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