New Deal Needed on Military Visits to Scotland’s Schools
The Scottish Government is being urged to investigate the way the armed forces operate in secondary schools and strike a “new deal” for children.
ForcesWatch – which scrutinises the military – and Quakers in Scotland, are today formally launching a petition at Holyrood calling for increased transparency and scrutiny of armed forces visits to schools.
The petition will be collecting signatures online from 16 February until 20 March 2016.
According to available data the military make a disproportionate number of visits to schools and colleges in Scotland, compared to England.
A 2014 ForcesWatch report highlighted how over four-fifths of state secondary schools were visited by the armed forces during a two year period. (1)
In some areas every school was visited, and some as many as 31 times over a two year period. About one third of the visits were explicitly about careers in the armed forces, while other visits will also have had a careers element.
ForcesWatch coordinator, Emma Sangster, said: “A new deal is badly needed on this issue as the number of visits that the armed forces make to schools has risen significantly over the past ten to twelve years.
“As our petition states there is ‘a lack of clarity regarding the nature of armed forces visits and who is responsible for overseeing them’.… Read more