The armed forces visit thousands of UK schools each year, offering presentation teams, free resources such as lessons plans and military-led activities and other activities that lead to recruitment. The Department for Education are futher integrating military-led activities into Britian's education system as 'military ethos' is presented as a solution to educational problems. The Government's initiatives include the expansion of cadet forces within state schools and military-led provison for young people who are deemed to be failing. Other developments could see military academies and free schools run exclusively by ex-forces personnel or sponsored by the MoD and the armed forces. Should the armed forces by given access to children within schools and colleges? Is the military's agenda and the development of a 'military ethos' appropriate within education?
Join the debate!
ForcesWatch has organised a series of debates around the UK on the theme of 'Questioning the presence of the military in education' with a range of speakers including academics, education professionals, policy makers, forces veterans, politicians and others. The next event is in London on 7 May 2013. See here for details.
Help fund a documentary on Young People & the Military
ForcesWatch have commissioned the journalists' charity Headliners to work with young people aged 8-18 years old to make a short film about the way the military seeks to engage with them: in schools, through cadet forces and public events such as Armed Forces Day, on TV and online, and through video games and toys. The military spend millions each year on attracting young people – this film is a chance for young people to say what they think about that.
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Questioning the presence of armed forces in schools: a ForcesWatch briefing for parents, students and teachers concerned with military activities in their school. Download
Military activity in UK schools, September 2012 Download
Expanding the Cadets and 'Military Ethos' in UK Schools Download