September 18, 2020


Dartford Science and Technology College became a Co-operative Trust school in 2014. This means that the school became a foundation school that owns its own site and buildings and is slightly removed from the Local Authority control. The Trust promotes and strongly believes in the 6 core values of self-help, self- responsibility, equality, equity, solidarity and democracy.

Our ambition is to achieve excellence by working as part of a formal collaborative group. This will enable the school to maintain its own character, ethos and expertise while gaining additional strengths by working in partnership.

Our intention is to bring about improved outcomes for our pupils, enhance the effectiveness of our professionals and to deliver a broader range of opportunities for pupils, staff, parents and other stakeholders to contribute to successful local education services.

Examples of our whole school approach:

  • Assembly calendar based around the Co-operative values.
  • Co-operative values built into the DSTC Star reward points.
  • Co-operative values celebrated at Awards Evening and in end of term celebrations.
  • All College computers have the Co-operative Values as a desktop wallpaper and screen saver.
  • All parents evening questionnaires have a Co-operative section.
  • Annual College Community Day event

Examples of how Co-operative Values are promoted at DSTC:

  • Easter Revision
  • Saturday Maths/English revision
  • Show My Homework
  • 4 Bs – Book, Brain , Buddy, Boss
  • Careers Fair
  • CXK Guidance interviews
  • Transition planning

Self-responsibility: To take responsibility for, and answer to, our actions.

  • Safer Internet Week
  • 5 B’s (brain, book, board, buddy, boss)
  • Student Reflection in books
  • Show My Homework
  • Parent/Student Contract

Democracy: To give our stakeholders a say in the way we run the College.

  • Student Voice
  • Faculty Reviews
  • Principal meetings with year groups
  • New staff interviews
  • Working parties

Equality: Equal rights and benefits according to their contribution.

  • School fund to help with school trips/uniform etc
  • Group work – Kagan structures

Solidarity: Supporting each other and those in other Co-operatives.

  • Focus on teams/teamwork (Kagan structures)
  • Students promoting school
  • Talent Show (and other shows)
  • Donations from Co-op (Community Day)

How the Co-operative Values are embedded into the CVE curriculum:

Democracy: students spend a term on Democracy in year 9. The lesson topics are: Voting, the Job of MPs, What parliament and government do, How laws are made, Local government. Specifically they practice voting quite a bit throughout CVE lessons.

Self Help: students spend a term studying Mental health in Year 8 and Year 9. They cover a range of topics relating to self-help including dealing with stress, identifying unhealthy coping strategies, building resilience and being assertive. They carry out role plays when they can practice what they have learned about.

Self-Responsibility: there is a spiral curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 lessons which focuses on Self Responsibility. Examples are: a term is dedicated to Sex and Relationships education for each year group and terms spent on topics such as Drug use and being healthy. Understanding how the law relates to young people and how rights and responsibilities go hand in hand are at the core of citizenship education.

Self-Responsibility is specifically used in CVE lessons when we broach sensitive topics like those above. Students formulate and agree on a ground rules about how to conduct discussions (with guidance) which they encourage others to stick to through lesson where discussions and questioning is a major part of the activity. The ground rules are re-visited to at the start of most lessons.

Equality: In both CVE and RE lessons throughout the roll over weeks students focus on the 100 year anniversary of the extension of the franchise, (women being able to vote). Students will be encouraged to find out about and demonstrate their knowledge of a women from the last 100 years who has been inspirational from across the Humanities.

How the Co-operative Values are embedded into every day learning:

Examples from English and DT:

At the start of lesson the lesson objectives are linked to the Cooperative Values. The aim is to get students to be more independent and allow them to be able to take responsibility for their learning.