An 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.