Short video of co-operative schools conversation, Sydney

Big Co-op Conversations logoAn Australian business journalist quizzed Mervyn Wilson, Principal and Chief Executive of the Co-operative College, about co-operative schools for the latest in a series of co-operative conversations in Sydney.

Wilson discussed the alternative offered by co-operative schools following changes in schools funding with journalist Anne Lampe for The Big Co-op Conversation # 3 , which took at the University of Technology, Sydney, at the start of March.

Wilson explained the context in which schools operate in the UK, identifying “the break-up of the state system and the marketisation of education…a half-way house to for-profit providers”. He described some of the key benefits of co-operative schools, including the multi-stakeholder forum and “using key community assets for the benefit of the whole community”.

The Big Co-op Conversations series is part of 2012, International Year of Co-operatives.

Watch an extract from the conversation at http://youtu.be/51hYDxmqBjc.

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