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Support for co-operative education

Monday, September 12, 2011

This year’s Co-operative Party Conference was held in London and long-standing member Meg Munn MP attended. During the debate on education Meg made a contribution in support of a call by the Manchester Co-operative Party for further support for Co-operative Trust Schools.


Her contribution to the debate:


“I am pleased to support the motion by Manchester Co-operative Party to develop further the model for co-operative schools. Earlier this year I was part of the committee that examined the current Education Bill. Over 5 weeks the committee heard constantly that this government’s approach is to trust the professionals, to put all the power in the hands of teachers and to take power away from parents, from children and from communities. Yet we know that the best educational achievements come from schools that are well integrated into their communities, that involve their communities and respond to the needs of the children in their community.


But too few people know about co-operative schools and fewer understand the model. This motion rightly calls on the Co-operative Party to make further efforts to promote co-operative schools, but there also needs to be more done to ensure more people understand what a co-operative school is. Everyone at this conference could raise awareness in their community through their local Co-operative Party. We need to promote the benefits of the model, not just because it involves more people in the governance of local schools but because of this co-operative schools are better schools.


The government wants to put the professionals solely in charge, and over time we will see communities with less of a say in the running of schools. This will be to the detriment of children in our communities. Co-operative schools are one way to stop this happening.”


The Co-operative Party is the political arm of the co-operative movement and works to promote co-operatives and all forms of mutual organisation. The party was established in 1917 and has been a sister party of the Labour Party since 1927, Meg is one of 29 Labour and Co-operative MPs in the House of Commons. 

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Meg with Cheryl Andrews, Co-operative Party Official

Meg with Cheryl Andrews, Co-operative Party Official

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