23/06/2015Former professionals condemn recruitment of teenagers by ‘pushing the notion of a noble military career to children’.
10/06/2015An example of how critical scrutiny of the Military Ethos in Schools programme is being sustained from people outside of ForcesWatch, comes from an Institute of Education conference in February 2015, where Victoria Basham, senior lecturer in Politics at Exeter University, gave a critical overview of the Department for Education's Military Ethos in Schools programme. Her talk was filmed, and can be viewed online here...
10/06/2015In addition to placing a soldier on each school coach visiting the First World War battlefields (as part of the government’s flagship Centenary initiative to have at least two students from every school in the country visit them), the Army have launched their own First World War teaching resources for schools, and are offering to send soldiers to schools to ‘support teaching activities’.
09/06/2015'The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been blocked from obtaining highly sensitive personal data about school and college students, which had ostensibly been sought in order to help “target its messaging” around military careers...'
Schools Week ; The Daily Mail
03/06/2015Europe's largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, has applied to sponsor the failing Furness Academy. The reason is profit.
21/04/2015Experts warn the “floodgates” of post-traumatic stress are about to open, as a top armed forces charity claims mental health issues among military personnel have risen 26 percent over the last year.
03/03/2015The Government has been accused of helping indoctrinate children with pro-military values through a new schools pack aimed at promoting the armed forces.
27/02/2015The Government's material for schools about the armed forces has been criticised today by the human rights group ForcesWatch and Quakers in Britain.
ForcesWatch / Quakers in Britain press release
27/01/2015Growing number of organisations employ ex-servicemen and women to work in schools helping children develop ‘character’
26/01/2015On Red Hand Day (the annual international day of campaigning against the use of child soldiers), 12 February, 2015, a well-attended event at Cardiff's Temple of Peace called for an end to military presence and influence in schools and colleges in Wales. Featuring speakers from ForcesWatch and Fellowship of Reconciliation Wales, the event explored the nature of armed forces visits to schools and colleges in Wales, as well as the military's 'engagement' with young people in Wales more broadly...
Cardiff United Nations Association; Cardiff News Plus; Made in Cardiff TV