Big Co-op Conversations #3 - Co-operative Trust Schools - community partnership for stronger public education


Arial Function Centre, UTS Sydney
Level 7, 235 Jones Street (Building 10)
Ultimo 2007
5:15pm for 5:30pm start - 7pm
Event type: 
Free event
Contact person: 
Melina Morrison
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Mervyn Wilson, Principal and CE of The Co-operative College UK in conversation with Walkley winner and business journalist, Anne Lampe.

Co-operative schools are a rapidly growing area of state education in the UK with over 200 state schools converted to multi-stakeholder co-op models and another 100+ in the pipeline.

Mervyn Wilson Co-op schools are the biggest sector after Church run schools in the UK - outstripping the private academy chains.

UK co-operative education specialist, Mervyn Wilson, discusses how the co-operative model can provide a bulwark to privatisation of the state education sector, safeguarding community assets and providing a mechanism for accountability to key stakeholders - learners, staff, parents/carers and the local community.

The liberalisation of education in the UK is seen by many as a precursor to the full scale privatisation and the direct involvement of for-profit delivery in education. Can Co-operative schools provide a community based and values driven alternative?

"Having schools run as co-operatives, putting co-operative values into practice and using co-operative examples in the curriculum and pedagogy of the school are all building blocks to a much stronger and successful co-operative sector in the future" (Mervyn Wilson, Principal The Co-operative College).

If you are in Sydney on 5 March, join us for 1.5 hours of stimulating discussion and Q&A on the co-operative schools model. Refreshments will be served.

Cost: This is a FREE event as part of the International Year of Co-operatives Big Co-op Conversations Series
RSVP: Essential for catering by C.O.B Thursday, 1 March 2012. RSVP online
Sponsored by:

The Co-op Bookshop

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Co-operative Trust Schools: Mervyn Wilson & Anne Lampe

Find out more about Mervyn Wilson

Mervyn Wilson, CE and Principal of the Co-operative College UK has led work to develop a distinct co-operative element in the state education sector in England. Today there are over 200 co-operative trust schools and converter academies and the national network, the Schools Co-operative Society, is becoming the voice of the new sector and a co-operative service provider to its member schools. Mervyn is a mentor on a UK Government Pathfinder program for new mutuals in the public sector, working to develop a co-op model for the Further Education sector.

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Bob Debus AM, Patron
Bob Debus AM, Patron IYC 2012
"People are looking for institutions they can trust. However [co-ops] strength is not only financial, it is ethical. Co-operatives are social businesses."

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