Ed Balls (Labour / Co-op MP and Education Secretary) has been in the news a bit this week. Well the plan to put cookery lessons back in the curriculum was most welcome, or rather it was one lesson a week for 11 to 14 year olds. Can't possibly comment as I learnt to cook from watching tv how-to programmes, but it's all masterchef competition entertainment these days.
"In the morning (21st January) he was at Reddish Vale Technology College in nearby Stockport - in the process of becoming England's first school to be run by a co-operative trust.
Co-operative status would give staff and parents a say in the running of the school through democratic process. Parents, local organisations and even pupils could become members of the trust and help to make decisions." from Manchester Evening News story.
Also in the Financial Times "Balls raises prospect of school co-op model to rival academies" story.