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union backs cooperative academies

23 July 2012

The Times Educational Supplement reports the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has announced a significant policy change regarding academies. Although the union doesn’t support conversion to academy status, where a school is looking to convert it will encourage them to do so using the cooperative model. The reasoning behind this policy change is that a cooperative model would give schools "a safe place from predatory, profit-making private providers".

There is no doubt that strong and effective collaboration amongst schools is more important than ever. Whatever form this might take, academy schools, which are independent of local authorities, can benefit from the additional support that a group structure offers.

Academy chains, as well as the cooperative model, can offer benefits to schools including shared services and the opportunity to benefit from economies of scale. In the current climate more and more schools and academies are making the most of options that are available to them to build relationships and drive up standards.

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