Party General Secretary Claire McCarthy responds to plans to convert English schools to academies

Responding to news on Tuesday that the Government is to announce plans to convert all schools in England into academies, Co-operative Party General Secretary Claire McCarthy said:

The details of this latest shake up of school governance are yet to be revealed, with the Education Secretary due to address Parliament on Thursday. However, the Co-operative Party is clear that robust local accountability and school collaboration are vital. Co-operative schools around the country have a good record of delivering this, with high levels of educational attainment and a strong values-based governance model. In any shake-up we will be working with the sector and our political representatives to ensure that the needs and concerns of co-operative schools are heard by Government