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LfL Supper Seminar: A ‘silent revolution’: the growth of co-operative schools in the UK

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Mervyn Wilson (Principal of the Co-operative College, Manchester) and Vanessa Scargill (Director of Business and Community Strategy at Aylsham High School and Coordinator of the The Aylsham Cluster Co-operative Trust) are our guests at the next LfL Supper Seminar in February 2014.

The growth of co-operative schools in recent years has been described by some as a ‘silent revolution’ with over 700 schools adopting co-operative models in the last five years. The model covers both trust schools and academies, and the national network, the Schools Co-operative Society is now an approved academy sponsor.

The common feature of co-operative schools is an ethos based on the globally shared co-operative values and governance arrangements that provide mechanisms to involve key stakeholders – parents/carers, staff, learners and the local community through membership. The Aylsham Cluster Trust comprising 9 schools was the first co-operative trust in Norfolk, with other clusters across the county following its example.

The seminar will explore:

  • What is driving the growth of co-operative schools throughout England?
  • How do those co-operative values impact on all aspects of the school life?
  • Do co-operative schools provide a wider democratic alternative in an increasingly marketised education system? If so, what are the biggest challenges they face?

All welcome. Free to attend. Wine and nibbles served. Please email to register.

The LfL Supper Seminars are supported by BELMAS

This talk is part of the Leadership for Learning: The Cambridge Network series.

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