In an article for Democratic Audit, Andy Allen argues that the mainstream academy model means puts a lot of power in the hands of an unnaccountable ‘clique’.
This has led to a ‘democratic deficit’ in many academies in the UK today, causing a “regulatory gap which [allows] poor governance to go undetected”. He goes on to say that “research findings indicate the Co-operative model of governance is effectively preventing a democratic deficit emerging.”
He articulates the importance and significance of co-operative schools which, although going against the mainstream policy grain, provide a valuable alternative with democratic accountability and representation.
To read the full article on the Democratic Audit website, click here.