News & articles

08/07/2015 UK Government

The Academies Enterprise Trust, the largest multi-sponsor of academies in the UK, has signed an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, committing it to supporting: Military Ethos in Schools initiatives, teachers being in the Reserves, and Armed Forces Day. This represents a major shift.

08/07/2015 Schools Week

The number of cadet units in state schools is to increase five-fold by 2020, George Osborne announced today in the Summer Budget.


A 'Character Building' series of armed forces toys licensed by the MoD is discredited by the new Veterans for Peace UK short film on some of the things that these toys don't show, and by developments in 'character education' that indicate there is no need for 'military ethos' initiatives in UK schools.

30/06/2015 Vice

Cogent article on the context of the striking new short film from Veterans for Peace UK, 'Action Man: Battlefield Casualties' , which presents a new range of war-traumatised action men.

30/06/2015 The Telegraph

Allegations of abuse of misbehaving students at the Duke of York's Royal Military School.

30/06/2015 Citizenship Foundation

In a new film from the Quakers, comedian Mark Thomas and former MP Clare Short claim the Government is misusing the education system to encourage support for its wars and to promote careers in the armed forces.

30/06/2015 Child Soldiers International

Compulsory education for 16-17s: research reveals that the armed forces are not required to give child soldiers the same minimum standard as civilian institutions. The minimum attainment requirement of the Army (which has the vast majority of children in the armed forces) is shown to be very low.

30/06/2015 The Independent

The freelance journalist Lee Williams gives an overview of the UK military's youth engagement, and presents a strong ethical case for why the armed forces should stop recruiting children.

21/06/2015 The Guardian

Former professionals condemn recruitment of teenagers by ‘pushing the notion of a noble military career to children’.

19/06/2015 The Daily Wales

The Welsh Government has been told to review of the way the British Armed Forces are allowed to recruit in Welsh schools.