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Monday 21 November 2011

Coop Academies

From Martin Francis:

Some Brent secondary schools are inviting primary schools to consider a bid to convert to ‘Coop’ academies. Hans anyone any experience of these or experience in arguing against them?


7 answers – add yours below

  1. John Parkin said:

    I suspect the answer to both questions will be a no. This will not however stop most of this group being enthusiastic in their opposition. This is a real shame, from my perspective the coop model does look different – particularly on issues of accountability.

    22 November 2011 at 8:05am
  2. Jane said:

    Unfortunately, the coop model may look difference but is still giving credence to a bad policy. In fact, the coop model is, in my book, the most dangerous because it give a veneer of respectability to the academy policy.

    Unfortunately, the coop movement have been sniffing around for some time and have sponsored The Co-operative Academy at Brownhills and the Co-operative Academy of Manchester. Perhaps all Coop members could take this up to encourage no more development. At the Caught in the Act conference on Saturday someone argued for the Coop model and was very, very firmly opposed by everyone else.

    I’m not sure but I think that the Coop did withdraw from one proposal when faced with local opposition – perhaps someone else can add details.

    22 November 2011 at 9:25am
  3. Alan said:

    The Manchester Co-op Academy is a mess. It is run like a busines but like one in the 1950’s. The teaching staff turnover is very high and even supply teachers wont stay.
    Stay well away

    29 November 2011 at 8:40am
  4. Jim said:

    There is division and unease within the Co-op Party over this stance, but people need to remember that politically the Co-op through the Co-op Party (who have a policy to support co-op acedemies) is very much a bedfellow of the Labour Party and has a strong New Labour faction in its leadership and among its Co-op & Labour MPs. This obviously then comes into conflict with those members whose co-operative ideals are twinned with a wider socialist outlook – certainly it is an issue that they can be pressured on. However, the group as a whole is led these days by typically hard-nosed business types, just witness the way CIS financial advisors have been treated recently in the name of increasing profit…

    25 January 2012 at 2:56pm
  5. Shelley said:

    We have just changed to Co-op Academy status , senior managent planned for nine months before telling us they were doing it a few weeks before the end of the academic year . Teaching and support staff are under huge pressure , more work , longer hours , without having our contracts changed to reflect this . we are hemorhaging staff , only six months in , but senior management have given themselves a pay rise without telling us . Does that sound fair ?

    30 January 2012 at 12:40pm
  6. Martin Francis said:

    Several Brent schools are still discussing setting up Coop Trusts or Coop Academy Trust. The Labour Council has rather belatedly woken up to the threat to democratic accountability and the very survival of the local education authority. But may be too late.

    2 February 2012 at 2:27pm
  7. Judith said:

    Has anyone please got any more information on the development of Coop Trusts in the year or so since the last post?

    9 March 2013 at 11:18am

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