Praise for co-operative schools


Another Co-operative school has been judged outstanding. Congratulations to Epinay, a co-operative special school in Tyne and Wear, which has been judged ‘outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted report.

The report notes how the co-operative model contributes to the school’s success, stating: “The governing body is strong because the representatives of the co-operative, who are part of the Trust Board, are very skilful and contribute very well to the leadership of the school. It understands what is happening in school and makes good decisions based on the knowledge it gathers.”

Elsewhere, Bradford councillor Ralph Berry has written for Progress on getting men into primary classrooms. Ralph, who is  Lead Member for Children, considers how Bradford’s first co-operative schools Trust is allowing a range of settings and approaches to be tried.