Co-operative Schools: something in the air?

Our ideas for Community Ownership of Schools received some unexpected publicity today in the Scotsman.

It’s interesting that this came out today at a time when I was about to post some of my recent research into the UK’s Government’s support for the Co-operative Trust Model .  Ed Balls, the Cabinet Officer with responsibility for education is quoted as saying:

“I want to see more parents and communities actively involved in schools and the co-operative model is an ideal way to do this. This is about putting power in the hands of those who are directly engaged with local schools, and who know best what is needed in their area.”

Certainly this model chimes quite closely with what we intend to explore and consider in East Lothian – albeit with a very Scottish slant.

The Conservatives also launched their own particular vision for co-operative schools today.

Must be something in the air?