Time to give peace education a chance in schools

This Guardian article refers to our report on Peace education and the promotion of the armed forces in UK schools, November 2015.

“Has anyone seen that before?” asks peace educator Jac Bastian as a big CND sign flashes up on the screen at the front of the hall.

“Hippies,” calls a year 12 student from a seat at the back.

“Anywhere else?”

“More hippies,” comes another voice, to laughter.

This is University College school (UCS) in north London, a boys’ independent school that takes girls in the sixth form, and Bastian, who works for the charitably funded education arm of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, is here to talk to year 12 about Hiroshima and Trident.

There is some muttering, and a few jokes about North Korea and Iran as well as hippies, but the students can name all the places where nuclear weapons have been tested, and someone even knows the most up-to-date figure for the number of nuclear warheads in the UK (215). A clip from Keiji Nakazawa’s animation Barefoot Gen, in which he remembers his childhood experience of the Hiroshima bomb, is received in respectful silence.

At the end Bastian announces a blind vote – where students raise their hands while covering their eyes – as to whether Trident should be replaced, and the room divides roughly evenly.… Read more

Government funding for ‘military ethos’ in schools

Government figures indicate that, since the Military Ethos in schools projects were announced in 2012, over £38 million of new funding has been awarded to them. Most of this new funding comes from the Department for Education. A further £50 million was pledged by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the July 2015 budget for expanding cadet units in state schools to 2020.

Government figures indicate that, since the Military Ethos in schools projects were announced in 2012, over £38 million of new funding has been awarded to them. Most of this new funding comes from the Department for Education. A further £50 million was pledged by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the July 2015 budget for expanding cadet units in state schools to 2020 with another £0.5 million for expanding cadets in Scottish Schools in March 2016. Both of these sums come from Libor fines.

These figures are compiled from a variety of sources including government announcements (links provided in table) and may not be complete.

Total since 2012:  £88.985 (including £50.5m pledged from Libor fines for Cadet Expansion Scheme up to 2020)

Cadet Expansion Programme: £64.65m 
Alternative provision with a military ethos (direct grants to provider agencies): £13.69m
Troops to Teachers: £10.65m

N.B. These figures are for new funding and do not include funding allocated through existing channels, e.g to existing cadet forces in schools, additional funding for schools that may be used for military ethos activities such as the pupil premium. 

Compiled by ForcesWatch, Updated June 2016

Date and link to information source

Awarded by

Amount (£m)

Project

June 2012

Dept for Education/ Ministry of Defence (with private sponsorship)

10.850

Cadet Expansion Programme

Dec 2012

Dept for Education

1.900

Alternative provision with a military ethos

June 2013

Dept for Education

2.000

Troops to Teachers

Nov 2013

Dept for Education

4.800

Alternative provision with a military ethos

June 2014

Dept for Education

1.000

Cadet Expansion Programme

Nov 2014, Feb 2015

Dept for Education

8.650

Troops to Teachers

Dec 2014

Dept for Education

4.800

Alternative provision with a military ethos

Dec 2014

Ministry of Defence

2.300

Cadet Expansion Programme

March 2015

Government from Libor fines

0.185

Alternative provision with a military ethos – Skillforce

July 2015

Government from Libor fines

50.000

Cadet Expansion Programme
to increase the number of cadet units in state schools to 500 by 2020

Mar 2016

Government from Libor fines

0.500

Cadet Expansion Programme
to support seven Cadet ‘Linked Detachments’ in Scottish schools until 2020

May 2016

Dept for Education

2.000

Funding for character-building projects with ‘£2 million earmarked for projects with a military ethos’

TOTAL

88.985

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