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Boris Johnson’s government and the military: a look ahead at 2020
More military ethos in schools18/10/2019Schools Week
Schools Week report on the government's continuing attempts to instill more military ethos in schools.
Military involvement in education and youth activities in the UKSeptember 2018
This briefing summarises key elements of military involvement in education and youth activities in the UK. It covers the defence industry as well as the armed forces and Ministry of Defence. It outlines the main concerns this raises and how these concerns have been voiced so far.
Ethics not (military) ethos
Former education minister Robert Goodwill has been tasked with drawing up a report for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the benefits of ‘military ethos’ in schools. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has suggested this could include ‘military academies’ in disadvantaged areas.We consider the ethics of imposing an ethos from outside of education, especially when it serves interests at odds with the best interests of young people.
Should the military be promoted in schools?updated 2017
The armed forces have a growing involvement in secondary schools, colleges and even primary schools. While the Army, Navy and RAF have long run activities in schools as part of the Ministry of Defence's Youth Engagement programme, the Department for Education promotes 'military ethos' within education, and parts of the armed forces, along with the arms industry, are developing their involvement with curriculum provision and sponsorship of education institutions. This A4 leaflet (updated 2017) outlines the issue and what the concerns are.This A4 leaflet (updated 2017) outlines the issue and what the concerns are.
The militarisation of schools23/01/2017
The UK is one of few countries that allow minors to enlist. Despite calls to cease the recruitment of under-18s the Army is digging in to hold its ground.
Pushing ahead with cadets in schools21/10/2016
The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, choose the Conservative Party conference to announce the next phase of the Cadet Expansion Programme with 25 new cadet units being set up in state schools.
£2m ‘character education’ grant goes to military-style projects27/06/2016
A third of a £6 million funding pot aimed at building character in school pupils will be targeted at military-style projects, prompting criticism from campaigners.
Troops to Teachers scheme misses target01/02/2016
A controversial scheme to turn former military personnel into teachers has trained just a sixth of its target number of veterans during the first two years.
London’s first ‘Military Preparation College’ opens08/12/2015
London's first Military Preparation College - the UK's 18th - has been set up. ForcesWatch have a few concerns.