ForcesWatch written evidence to the Education Committee’s inquiry on the Purpose and quality of education in England
This submission presents concerns around the growing influence of military interests in the UK education system which raises a number of concerns around critical thinking about the military, armed forces careers, and issues of peace and conflict resolution. These pro-military messages are not balanced by the inclusion of a structured framework for peace education within the curriculum, and the UK government is failing to implement recommendations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as a result.
We outline a range of general educational and more detailed concerns and questions that need to be addressed in the wake of the growing influence of the military in education.
We make a number of recommendations for ensuring wider public debate and consultation around these developments and increasing the monitoring and oversight of military involvement in schools.