In the run up to the election the Co-operative Party has called for the government to legislate to ensure that all mainstream state-funded schools can establish co-operative governance structures if they wish, so they can become more accountable to parents, pupils, staff and the local community.
The Co-operative Party highlights that the next Labour and Co-operative government should commit itself to further growth in the number of co-operative schools, with a target of 3,000 schools by 2020. It argues that much more could be achieved if the Department for Education applied a fair and level playing field to all school models, calling for the 2006 Education and Inspections Act to be amended to allow schools to become legally formed co-operatives under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act and allow nursery schools to become co-operative Trusts and join co-operative clusters.
It says that a Labour & Co-operative government should create a fair system of funding for local school collaboration, including co-operative clusters, and support the development of co-operative governor training programmes and the work of the Schools’ Co-operative Society.
Co-operative Trust schools would also be allowed to become academy sponsors so they could formally support other co-operative schools and support the development of school improvement co-operatives like the ones created in Leeds and Manchester.
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The BBC’s Daily Politics show visited London co-operative Academy Corelli College and spoke to students as part of a segment about the Co-operative Party. To view the clip click here.