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A ‘silent revolution’: the growth of co-operative schools in the UK
Supper Seminar: Tuesday 11th February 2014, 5.15 - 7.15pm
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 are 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?
Room 1S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education.
All welcome. Free to attend. Wine and nibbles served. Please email email@example.com to register.
The LfL Supper Seminars are supported by BELMAS
An opportunity to share your use of LfL principles
Emeritus Professor Neil Dempster and Professor Greer Johnson's work, as presented during our last Seminar on 'Principals as Literacy Leaders in Primary and Secondary School Contexts' (CambridgeSeminar, PALLIC) is just one example of the ways in which the Leadership for Learning framework and principles that were generated by the original LfL (Carpe Vitam) project, have been used.
We know people have adapted, adopted and applied the LfL principles in many contexts, for example as the basis for school principal professional development, as a framework for guiding development work, and as part of Masters programmes. We are hoping to draw together and publish as many examples of using the LfL framework and principles as possible, to spread ideas and continue learning.
If you are using the LfL framework and principles (A focus on learning; conditions for learning; dialogue; shared leadership; shared sense of accountability) in any way at all, do please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with brief details and we will get back to you.
The LfL team