Two articles in the January/February edition of Governing Matters, the magazine produced by the National Governors’ Association, explore some of the options open to schools wishing to adopt a co-operative structure: the Trust model and the Academy model.
Sean Rogers, Lead on Trust Schools at the Co-operative College, explains what co-operative Trust schools are and how they work, as well as their advantages, saying: “Uniquely, co-operative schools have a very strong mutual dimension as they are schools owned by the community. Most have grown from existing well-established local partnerships are relationships which are now being formalised within the trust.”
He describes the growth in co-operative schools since they were first featured in Governing Matters in 2009 and looks at the future for Trust schools.
In a separate article, Mary Groom and Tom Ketteley of Bates Wells and Braithwaite London LLP discuss co-operative Academies.