Cooperative Identity Mark
In the summer term Royds Hall was one of 5 schools asked to take part in the Cooperative Identity Mark pilot scheme. The Cooperative Identity Mark has been developed to support schools in determining how their work as cooperatives reflects the cooperative values. The Mark is designed to help schools to identify the impact of cooperative values and share best practices across the network of cooperative schools. As part of the self-assessment process schools had to judge the impact of the values on the governance, curriculum, pedagogy, staff development and community engagement.
We completed a self-assessment, which was then followed up with an inspection visit carried out by a member of the cooperative college and representatives from one of the other schools taking part. Royds Hall was judged as an established cooperative school with some leading features, the visitors were extremely impressed by the work of our staff and students. To celebrate the achievement Mr Schofield and Mrs Pauls who had led the application for the Identity Mark, attended an event at the Cooperative Insurance building in Manchester, hosted by members of the cooperative college. All the schools who had participated in the pilot received certificates, and a plaque. We will also now have a place in the prestigious cooperative archives, as one of the first schools to be awarded.