There's nothing new about community schools

3rd July 1998 at 01:00
Peter Kellner's article created a sense of delight and incredulity in almost equal measure ("Our Mutual Friends", TES, June 19). I was delighted with his argument for a mutualist strategy whereby schools would become "much more than institutions where teachers teach children", but I was surprised that he was suggesting that this was some kind of future radical route as part of a Third Way.

Does he know about community school developments in authorities such as Devon, St Helens and West Sussex and the countless self-starting social entrepreneurs in many schools already pursuing the very approaches he was advocating? The Community Education Development Centre in Coventry has been making the case for schools in the community for nearly 20 years. Mutualism is alive and well, but living in the sticks.

Phil Street. Director. Community Education Development Centre, Woodway Park School. Coventry

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