18 November 2013
Department for Education Minister Elizabeth Truss announced on 15 November, the award of a further £4.8 million to fund projects led by ex-Armed Forces personnel to tackle underachievement in schools and to raise attainment levels.
The grants were issued after evidence - from 300 schools and 8,000 pupils - suggested that projects using military ethos raise pupils’ standards and behaviour in schools. Recent projects to instill teamwork, discipline and leadership in pupils through mentoring, outward bound activities and other group exercises are said to have a hugely positive impact on improving engagement and attainment among the most disengaged children.
Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said: “The lives of thousands of disengaged children have been turned around thanks to these projects which instill our wonderful armed forces’ values of hard work and discipline. That is why we are increasing the funding going to these important projects - so that even more children can benefit from the military ethos." The news comes after the Government pledged its support for the cadet expansion programme earlier this year. This programme, jointly founded by the Ministry of Defense and the Department for Education, delivers funding for 100 new schools to open and commence cadet training by the end of 2015.
The announcement has been welcomed by the ACFA as a further endorsement of the cadet mission and the benefits projects based on the military ethos can provide to young people. David Short CBE, General Secretary of ACFA said “Once again the value of cadet style activities, especially in the way they can engage with young disadvantaged individuals, has been approved at the highest level of Government. Cadet-style outreach programmes are proving highly valuable and must be continued”.