The Co-operative movement has operated internationally for over 160 years across a large number of fields, from finance to farming, retail and travel and has always been committed to education.
It is particularly well suited to contemporary education allowing those schools which are able to support themselves the autonomy to do so as well as providing those that need more support an extensive network to access it.
All co-operatives share a common set of values which benefit all stakeholders in the education environment from students through to staff, parents, governors and the local community.
- Self-help; supporting learners, parents, carers and staff to help themselves
- Self-responsibility; taking responsibility for, and answer to our actions.
- Democracy; giving our members a say in what we do.
- Equality; believing that the voice of each individual should be heard.
- Equity; carrying out our work in a way that is fair and unbiased.
- Solidarity; sharing interests and common purposes with our members and other co-operatives.
Just as the co-operative way of running a business, or association, presents an alternative to the more traditional 'plc' approach, the Co-operative model offers an alternative way of educating young people and defining our responsibilities of governance
Our ethical principles are at the heart of everything we do and our work is purely for the benefit of the schools and communities we work with
- Openness; being open with colleagues in our schools and beyond, sharing information and ideas to raise standards and life chances
- Honesty; being honest about what we do and the way we do it.
- Social responsibility; encouraging all stakeholders to take responsibility for their own community, and work together to improve it.
- Caring for others; treating everyone as we wish to be treated ourselves
Our network is formed of schools, business and education professionals who all believe that the co-operative values and principles provide the best model for educating our young people today