Government to consider plans for ‘military schools’

Posted On: 
1st April 2018

Some schools could become military academies under new plans to be considered by ministers.

Teaching military values in schools could benefit pupils, a Tory MP has claimed
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The proposals would give young people access to the “skill and ideals” of the armed forces as part of their education, Tory MP Robert Goodwill has said.

The former minister told the Sun encouraging a military ethos in schools would give children from deprived backgrounds improved “life chances, confidence and self-discipline”.

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has commissioned a report on the issue, which will look at how military values could benefit pupils.

Mr Goodwill, who will deliver the findings later this year, said: “Some schools may want to be a military academy and make that central to their school.

“My job is to collect evidence, see what is done in other countries and see how we can build on the cadet system.

“This could be something that schools in deprived areas may be it can be used to improve the whole school with the ethos and discipline of cadets.”

Mr Williamson said: "Our Armed Forces are the best of their generation, embodying teamwork, leadership, and aspiration.

"Their skills, values, and can-do attitude can inspire today’s young people to challenge themselves and reach their potential.

"That’s why I’m delighted Robert is exploring the benefits of military ethos in schools and I look forward to seeing the final report.”