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The co-operative academy model prevents a ‘democratic deficit’

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.

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