This will piss off the teachers unions



Forget charter schools.  How about schools run by the military?

Thousands of former members of the Armed Forces wanting to become teachers will be fast tracked into the profession under a Government scheme launched today.

Ex members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force will be lured into teaching with bursaries, salaries during training and fast track qualification courses.

The move could see thousands of former soldiers, sailors and airmen enter classrooms each year and is the latest initiative by the Government to promote a military ethos in schools.

David Laws, Education Minister, said the Troops to Teachers scheme would bring military values of leadership, discipline, motivation and teamwork into the classroom.

It also comes as thousands of forces personnel are losing their jobs. Later this month the Ministry of Defence will detail a further 5,300 job losses for soldiers as part of cuts to bring the regular Army down to 82,000 by 2020.

Mr Laws said: “We want to capture the ethos and talents of those leaving the Armed Forces, and bring this experience into teaching. We know that our highly-skilled servicemen and women can inspire young people and help raise educational attainment.”

C-?  100 press ups.

D?  50 laps around the school grounds.

And while they’re at it, fitness training for all other teaching staff.  Healthy teachers equals improved learning outcomes.

The Teachers Unions won’t like this one bit.

Former service members who already have degrees will be able to enrol on one-year graduate teacher training courses with a salary, or £2,000 extra bursary.

Those without degrees, but who have gained technical expertise, or experience as instructors in the forces will be able to start a two year salaried training course after a “rigorous selection process”.

Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary, said: “I would encourage anyone leaving the Services to take the opportunity to pass on their invaluable knowledge and instil respect, discipline and pride in the next generation.”

Around 7,000 former service members have asked about becoming teachers in the past two years, officials said.

The National Union of Teachers warned that keeping control in classrooms was very different to maintaining military discipline and said the profession should only be open to graduates.

Of course it is different.  For one, it is likely to improve how boys go through the school system.  They absolutely crave balance to the majority of female inspired, delivered and managed education.

And teachers with a military background will be results oriented.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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