Tristram Hunt has called on schools to help pupils overcome adversity, and former soldiers will be drafted into schools to help them achieve this.
“I want to see the great British spirit in all our classrooms,” the Shadow Education Secretary told delegates at a conference run by the Demos think tank. “As our young people face growing rivalry for jobs, high-status apprenticeships and the best university places, it becomes more and more important for schools to coach pupils about character.” he said.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan thinks ex-armed services personnel may be the solution to help school children develop self-confidence, respect and leadership, the Independent reports. Former troops will attend schools and PRUs to instil a military-style ethos. “For pupils who may have faced challenges or difficulties in their personal life, these initiatives run by former armed services personnel can help build the skills and confidence they need to go on to successful futures,” she said.
The agreement between the Tory and Labour politicians stems from a growing realisation that running schools like ‘exam factories’ is not producing the type of young person needed to compete in a globalised economy.
Do you agree that pupils should be encouraged to learn these skills to become more rounded students? Are former soldiers the right people to teach such skills? Is a ‘military’ approach too heavy handed or could today’s young people benefit from it?