Co-ops or Gonski? There will be a FREE public discussion moderated by Walkley winner and business reporter Anne Lampe at the University of Technology, Sydney, this Monday 5 March at 5.30pm.
For those in Sydney this should be an hour and a half of stimulating discussion and Q&A on the co-operative schools model.
In the wake of the Gonski Report recommending a massive injection into education spending and new ways to hand out funding, Mervyn Wilson, CEO of The Co-operative College, discusses the UK’s largest new state education sector, Co-operative Trust Schools.
Over 200 UK state public schools have already been converted to multi-stakeholder co-op ownership models and another 100 plus are in the pipeline.
This is the biggest sector after church run schools and outstrips private ‘academy’ chains.
The liberalisation of education in the UK is seen as a precursor to full-scale privatisation and the direct involvement of for-profit delivery in education. Mervyn Wilson argues that co-op schools safe guard community assets and provide better education funding outcomes. He has led the development of co-operative school models in the public education sector in Britain.
Time: 5:15pm for 5:30pm start
Where: Arial Function Centre, UTS Sydney, L7, 235 Jones St (Building 10), Ultimo 2007′
Contact Melina Morrison, Social Business Australia
Mobile: 0410 902 656
Let’s have this conversation Australia-wide