Practitioners to explore a co-operative alternative for education

The Co-operative College and Manchester Metropolitan University are hosting a one–day conference on the co-operative alternative to the mainstream education system.

The Co-operative College and Manchester Metropolitan University are hosting a one–day conference on the co-operative alternative to the mainstream education system on Thursday.

The event, due to take place on 4 July at CIS Tower in Manchester, will bring together academics, co-operators and practitioners, in an attempt to challenge the "neoliberal economic orthodoxy".

The conference will feature keynote presentations from critical educational scholar Prof. Mike Apple from University of Madison-Wisconsin and University of Manchester; and Mervyn Wilson, Principal of the Co-operative College. 

Prof. Apple will present his view of an alternative education system, while Mr Wilson will explore the development of a co-operative alternative to the marketisation of education. 

Participants will also engage in a discussion on practical tasks for supporting the emergence of the Co-operative School movement.

Throughout the conference, participants will also touch upon the mutual response to the funding crisis in youth services, with a keynote presentation from Kevin Ford Chief Executive, The Centre for Patient Leadership.

Dave Boston, Chief Executive of Schools Co-operative Society will focus on building a bottom-up approach whilst Tracy Pearce, Chief Executive of Sandwell Inspired Partnership Services will explore how a co-operative approach can help to place support services in schools’ hands.

In the second half of the day participants will get involved in an active debate on the themes from the day, trying to shape an agenda for action.

The final session of the conference will identify the next steps for developing an academic and practitioner network for supporting the co-operative school movement.

Registration for the event is still open. The full programme is available online. The registration fee is £25 and there are 10 places at £7.50 for PhD students. For further questions email [email protected]

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