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About co-operative trust schools

The Co-operative College has worked with the Co-operative Group and schools to develop a distinct co-operative trust model that enables schools to embed co-operative values into the long term ethos of the school.

Co-operative trust schools combine long term institutional partnerships with a membership structure that enables parents, learners, staff and community organisations to be directly involved in the trust. Stakeholders drawn from these groups are elected to a Forum which holds the Trust to account, helps shape its policies and elects a proportion of trustees.

The stake-holding model puts the community at the heart of education provision, based on the belief that it is only through the active engagement of communities that the aspirations and expectations of educational achievement can be transformed.

The co-operative trust model is being adapted and adopted by trusts throughout the country, from small single school trusts to large community-based clusters.

For further information on co-operative trust schools, see the co-operative schools section of the Co-operative College website.