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How do you operate within your local area now you are a co-op academy Phil?
We have established a Co-op Foundation Trust in 2008 to offer a way to look at educational, economic and social change. This is open to all schools in the area. For example, we are working on a £1m bid for communities living sustainably this involves all different kinds of stakeholders in working together to make their community a better place to live and work. It's all about working with people through a shared set of empowering ethics.
Schools can adopt the cooperative model by becoming Trust schools (ie Foundation schools with a foundation) as well as via the Academy route. The Brigshaw Federation is one such cooperative trust in West Yorkshire. It was a model that was being pushed by the last government but isn't supported now with the current government pushing those interested in the cooperative movement towards Academy trusts instead.
It's privatisation by nice guys
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