Co-operative schools offer a new model of accountability in England’s school system. They are owned by their members – staff, students, parents/carers and members of the local community – and answerable to a stakeholder forum drawn from these key constituencies. Local people are encouraged to get actively involved in the running of their schools.
Student members have particularly benefited from the opportunity to participate directly in their education. Young people are marginalised by the media, and are often negatively perceived within society, but the experiences of students at Reddish Vale, who are taking the lead both within and outside of school, show some of the ways in which young people are co-operating to achieve a better future, not just for themselves but for their communities and society.