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Core purpose

CSNET and The Schools Co-operative Society are sister organisations which have been working since 2009 to help develop and to support and represent schools which are using co-operative education models. 

The legal constitution of SCS, which can be downloaded here, states the purpose of the members’ cooperative in these terms:

“The purpose of the Society is to promote and encourage education through appropriate corporate bodies or institutions that educates in a way that reflect the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity, honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.”

We believe that our work and our structure should always demonstrate these co-operative values and principles in practice, through partnership, through community engagement and through a genuine accountability to our membership at every level.

Our strategy to achieve this is simple:

SCS and CSNET will work together with our members to progressively build a movement in public service education which delivers sustainable, ambitious learning communities with a strong sense of common purpose

CSNET is the operational arm, commissioned to manage services and provide support for our membership by SCS, as our parent organisation. The two groups work together through a shared National Advisory Board, which represents our regional and membership structure.

We provide support to our members both in good times and whenever they are facing a real challenge. We provide a voice for our members on education issues at local, regional. and national level. We offer a range of services to help our schools share best value and best practice.

Support; service; voice. We know the power of co-operation to do good.

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To find out more about CSNET activity and organisation in any of our four main regions, visit our Regions page here.