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Co-operative Schools

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Gianluca Ventisei

on 6 May 2015

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Transcript of Co-operative Schools

The co-operative
Schools and
young people
The co-operative college was first established in 1919 and consist of a few key aims and objectives
Training members
and managers
Looking after our heritage


Over a billion members
The top 300 turnover exceeds $1.6 trillion
Over 100 million jobs
Financial co-ops serve over 857 million people
– 13% of the world population

Whats happening
in education?
Removal of the central role of
the LA in providing education
Marketisation – Free schools, UTCs
Studio Schools as well as rapidly
growing academy chains
New entrants
– all competing
for learners

Concerns at the lack
accountability and strategic

A co-operative
Governance rooted in local communities

Safeguarding community assets and infrastructure

Building from collaboration – working with rather than run by

Encouraging and welcoming diversity

A template for local adaption not
a “one cap fits all” model

Key characteristics
An ethos based on globally
shared values

Democratic engagement of
key stakeholders –
parents/carers, staff, learners
and the local community
in governance

Safeguard the assets for their

Adaptable to a wide range of
structural models – trusts, academies

A bridge to the global
co-operative movement

What is a

Core members from school(s)
trust model
Partner 4
Forum or council
Governing Body
School 1
Governing Body
School 2
Membership including
Parents . staff . learners . Community organisation
‘There is a strong sense of community in Cornwall, and it is natural for us to think of how we do things ourselves through shared action. The last thing the people of Cornwall want to see is a big education chain coming in to run school services and take money out of the area. That money is best kept serving the local economy and local community. Our Co-operative is about a mutual solution to local needs”.

Pat McGovern, Head Teacher,
Helston Community College

Benefits of
Sharing expertise

Supporting each other

Common approaches

Financial savings

Stronger governance

Community links

‘We could all see the direction of travel of Government policy and the rapidly changing roles of the Local Authority. To us self-help was a natural solution.
We are now working as a co-operative to support school improvement and a wider range of opportunities across our partnership for the benefit of all the young people in the communities we serve”

Co-operative Schools
444 Co-operative trust schools by June 2013 plus 56 associate/partner schools – over 150 more consulting

35 Co-operative converter academies June 2013

6 Co-operative sponsor academies sponsored by the Co-operative Group – in Manchester Stoke on Trent and Leeds

National network

Services to
co-operative schools

Joint procurement

A voice in the
policy debate

Self help
Self responsibility






Social responsibility

Caring for others

“The SCS and the NASUWT welcome the UN General Assembly resolution and share many common values, believing that equality, solidarity, democracy and social responsibility should be the foundation of our education system”

TU Partnerships
The challenge
Challenging the dominant narrative
and ideology

Creating space for a challenger

Maintaining autonomy, diversity and independence in an increasingly corporatised system

Building a democratic alternative
model across the education system

Building the evidence base

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