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1 Making a difference in the curriculum and governance of schools

2 What Are Trust Schools? Maintained Primary, Secondary or Special schools Foundation school with a Trust Collaboration with other schools, FE/HE, businesses, charities The Trust - Supports The School Appoints some governors – usually a minority Holds land and building ‘on trust’ Helps shape the long term strategic vision and ethos

3 Raise standards – bring together expertise Preserving good practice – maintain relationships Innovation – from external partners ECM – focus throughout all ages – addressing transition and continuity issues Community cohesion – wider community activities Trust Status Offering

4 Engagement between co-operatives and schools Network of Business and Enterprise Colleges Young Co-operatives – bringing ethics to enterprise Partner in DfE funded Enterprise Network Academy programme – Manchester and Stoke on Trent Trust Pathfinder Programme Co-operative Schools Society

5 Co-operation works! “The school’s specialist status and strong links to the Co-operative movement have had a major impact on standards and achievement, which have improved considerably in the last two years”. Ofsted on Sir Thomas Boughey Co-operative School, Staffs.

6 What do we bring? Self help Self responsibility Democracy Equality Equity Solidarity Honesty Openness Social responsibility Caring for others A globally shared set of values and commitment to education enshrined in our principles A rich history of working with schools – and running schools as co-operatives A shared commitment to raising expectations and achievement A gateway to the global co- operative movement Experience of democratic member engagement in governance

7 Why are we supporting Trusts? To contribute to greater diversity in education delivery and establish long term partnerships To embed values and a shared ethos in schools in ways not possible through specialism To provide a co-operative governance model for trusts– empowering stakeholders through membership

8 Co-operative trust model Engages key stakeholder groups through membership Forum/Council provides a vehicle for accountability and high level consultation National Challenge Trust variant Trust Partner 1Partner 2 Partner 4 Partner 3 Forum or Council Membership including Parents Staff Learners Community Organisations/Individuals Governing Body School 1 Governing Body School 2

9 The process Identify trust partners, agree the model, agree to consult Consult – then consider responses Publish a statutory notice Consider responses and agree (or otherwise) to become a Foundation School and acquire a trust Get involved in the national network – the Schools Co- operative Society

10 Co-operative schools 117 schools in Co-operative trusts at 1 st February plus by 1 st April 2011 and on course for 200 plus by end of July. 2 Co-operative Academies – sponsored by the Co-operative Group – in Manchester and Stoke on Trent Schools Co-operative Society – National Network operational Co-operative models for New academies (and free schools) under development

11 Co-operative Trust Schools

12 Co-operative schools - International experience Over 600 Co-operative schools in Spain Over 80% of Primary schools in France teach co-operation Over 120 Co-operative schools in Portugal Over 100 co-operative schools in Sweden Over 1,900 school co-operatives in Malaysia Co-operative schools in Africa and South America

13 Who said…….. “A co-op has a flexibility and dynamism that a central state agency lacks. Like the Rochdale Pioneers, a co-op is part of the community it serves. Its interests are their interests. And it is able to respond to the needs of the community immediately and directly”.

14 Contact & further information Resources – Tel: or Network details –


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