The growth of co-operative schools across England has been one of the movement’s success stories of recent years. The News asked Mervyn Wilson, principal of the Co-operative College, to remind us how this development came about, and future expectations.
As the world mourns the passing of a man whose life was dedicated to the type of inclusive society co-operators would describe as “the co-operative commonwealth”, it is worth reflecting on the impact that he and the struggle against apartheid had on the co-operative sector.
In order to secure the support of almost everyone involved in education, a popular manifesto commitment would be a moratorium on the current marketisation of the education system in England pending a fundamental debate on the purpose and character of education in the 21st century.
Five years on from the launch of England’s first co-operative trust school, Mervyn Wilson, Principal and Chief Executive of the Co-operative College, looks forward to further growth in the sector . . .
Co-operatives have a long history in East Africa, with some over 75 years old.