Public debates on questioning the presence of the military in schools
Join us for a discussion on the role of the armed forces in mainstream education.
The armed forces visit thousands of schools each year, providing free resources, presentations and recruitment activities. As the military becomes more integrated into Britain's education system and the 'military ethos' is presented as a solution to educational problems, many teachers, governors, students and politicians are questioning whether it is appropriate for the military to engage with young people in schools and colleges.
We invite you to come and discuss issues such as the presence of the military in schools, military academies and the recent expansion of the cadets into state schools. Whilst politicians and senior armed forces officers call for greater military engagement with schools, we ask our panel the question: 'Does the military have a role to play in schools?' We then look forward to hearing the thoughts and experiences of our audience regarding this question.
The events are aimed primarily at those involved professionally in education, parents and students - but all are welcome.
If these issues interest you but you are unable to attend the event, do not hesitate to get in contact to discuss them further: firstname.lastname@example.org
London, Tuesday 7 May 2013, 7pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London Venue details and map here
With Victoria Basham (University of Exeter), Tom Burkard (Centre for Policy Studies), Ben Griffin (ex-SAS and founder of Veterans for Peace) and others
Chaired by Alex Kelly (The Access Project)
Stockport - 17 April 2013
Friends Meeting House, 7pm
With Emma Sangster from ForcesWatch and others
Oxford - 18th September 2012
Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OXI 3LW, 6:30-8pm see location details
Ben Griffin, SAS veteran
John Tanner, Labour Councillor
John Prangley, ex-headteacher
local Armed Forces Recruitment office (invited)
The event will be chaired by Pat Gaffney, of Pax Christi
Bath - 20th September 2012
Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG, 6:30-8pm see location details
Diana Francis, peace campaigner and consultant
local Armed Forces Recruitment office (invited)
Edinburgh - 11 October 2012
St Augustine's Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL, 7:30-9pm see location details
Maggie Chapman, Green Party Councillor
Annie MacRae, teacher and Edinburgh in Scotland member
Read press release
Norwich - 23rd October 2012
The Cube, The Forum, 2 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1TF, 6.30-8pm see location details
Speakers include:Speakers include:
Lesley Grahame, Green Party Councillor
Mell Harrison, local youth worker
ForcesWatch briefing: Military activities in UK schools, updated May 2013
This ForcesWatch briefing outlines the methods and rationale of the military's engagement with young people within the education system and highlights potential developments in this area, including projects under consideration or development by the Armed Forces and the Department of Education.
Data obtained by Freedom of Information on visits made to schools
Press release: Questioning the involvement of the military in education: a series of public debates
12 September 2012
On 18 September ForcesWatch (1) begins its national series of public events that will debate whether the armed forces should be involved in education activities in UK schools and colleges. Events will take place in Oxford (18 September), Bath (20 September), Edinburgh (11 October), Norwich (23 October) and London (25 October).
Speakers, including ex-Army officers, education professionals, local politicians and academics, will join ForcesWatch and teachers, parents and governors, to discuss the ethical concerns around the involvement of the armed forces in young people's education and the rise of militarism in schools.
Press release: Figures reveal high number of visits by armed forces to Edinburgh schools
8 October 2012
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information reveal that the armed forces are visiting nearly all schools in the Edinburgh area and some schools have activities run by the military many times a year. (1)
Of the 23 state secondary schools in Edinburgh, 22 were visited by the armed forces an average of 7 times during a two year period. A further 11 independent schools and FE Colleges also had visits. Since September there have been a total of 225 visits to 33 schools and colleges (2). Balerno High School had the highest number of visits, with the armed forces recording having been at the school 22 times since September 2010. Some of the visits are for individual interviews, but the majority are for careers briefings, award evenings, curriculum support, presentations and team building events.
Press release: Figures reveal high number of visits by armed forces to Norfolk schools
22 October 2012
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information reveal that the armed forces are visiting nearly all secondary maintained schools and academies in Norfolk and some schools have activities run by the military many times a year. Since September 2010 there have been a total of 231 visits to 60 schools and colleges.
Over 90% of secondary maintained schools and academies and colleges in Norfolk were visited by the armed forces an average of 4 times during a two year period. Several primary schools also had the armed forces visiting year 6 classes with careers presentations. Only 3 independent schools in the whole county were visited.