East Tilbury Primary School is part of the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust and we are delighted to have now been awarded ‘Established’ status and are able to adopt the purple logo. We hope to progress to ‘Leading’ in the near future. Co-operative schools vary greatly in size, stage, location, specialism and governance model, but one thing we all share is our desire to establish and strengthen our co-operative ethos and to implement the values and principles of the co‑operative movement in all aspects of our work.
These values and principles, enshrined in the ‘Statement of Co-operative Identity’, are the driving philosophy behind a huge section of the global economy – retail, agricultural, housing, health, leisure, transport and service industries – wherever people have chosen to work together for the benefit of their members and their wider communities.
The Co-operative Identity Mark has been developed by the Co-operative College and the Schools Co‑operative Society to support schools in embedding the values within all aspects of our work. It provides a ‘quality’ framework for continued development which incorporates elements of peer support and practice sharing with other co-operative schools. The CIM is validated and quality assured by The Co-operative College.