A report by Co-operatives UK, entitled ‘The UK co-operative economy 2012: alternatives to austerity’, noted that co-operatives were outperforming the wider economy, highlighting one particularly vibrant sector – co-operative schools.
Since 2008, co-operative Trusts and Academies have spread rapidly across England, heralded as offering a more democratic and less top-down alternative to the current school system. Co-operative schools in England are the latest in an international movement of co-operative schools, long-established in many parts of the world from Spain to the USA.
Co-operative schools embed the values and principles into every aspect of school life, from their membership structure to curriculum and pedagogy. There are now an astonishing 260,000-plus students in more than 800 co-operative schools across England, connecting a whole new generation with the co-operative values and principles.