Democracy is a vital part of any co-operative. Educational co-operatives such as Co-operative Trust Schools and Co-operative Academies place a high emphasis on engaging the local stakeholders in their schools. This provides a sound basis to enable each school to develop strongly with its community.
Individual staff, parents, learners and members of the local community will be able to use the democracy of their own local school or trust to feedback ideas and views upwards to SCS. As the Schools Co-operative Society is owned by its member schools and trusts, this provides our network with a unique difference compared with other networks.
SCS hold an annual national conference for Co-operative Schools, the last one being held in November 2012. These conferences provide opportunities for member schools to exchange ideas as well as contribute to the latest developments of the society.
Our next conference is scheduled to co-incide with the closing ceremonies of the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012.
The SCS Board
The Schools Co-operative Society is managed by a board of directors. This is composed of members from the original schools and trusts that founded the society. They will take the society through to its first fully democractic elections next year.