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Co-operative schools bill put forward

22/04/2013 Joanna
The government is being asked to support proposals that could result in new jobs in education being created at co-operative trust schools across the country.

Labour and Co-operative Party MP Meg Munn's bill advocates that co-operative schools should be able to register themselves as industrial and provident societies, rather than having to work around existing legislation.

Secondly, the bill includes an amendment to the Education Act 2006 which would allow nursery schools to establish school trusts, thereby offering a new vehicle for parental and family participation in early years' education.

Ms Munn explained: "Children get the best education when schools, parents and communities work together and when they feel their views are taken into account.

"This approach is at the heart of co-operative schools; supporting children to feel valued and to take responsibility for themselves and their communities."

Numerous teaching jobs have been created by co-operative schools, with almost 500 schools having adopted co-operative trust status since the initiative was launched by the last Labour government five years ago.

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