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DfE: Teachers' pay to be linked to performance

Under the current system, teachers progress through pay grades automatically Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Under changes unveiled by the Department for Education today, schools will be given more freedom to pay teachers according to their performance from September.

Under the current system, teachers automatically progress through pay grades depending on their length of service. But the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), which is tasked with making recommendations to the Government, has called for pay to be more closely related to performance.

STRB chair Dame Patricia Hodgson said the reforms would "help schools to recruit, retain and reward the best teachers".

'Gentle military-style approach' for troubled pupils

Mike Hamilton, Commando Joes' founder, delivering a fitness session at a school in Manchester.
Mike Hamilton, Commando Joes' founder, delivering a fitness session at a school in Manchester. Credit: PA

Commando Joes’, which will receive around £600,000 from the £1.9 million initiative, said that it combined teamwork and fitness "with a gentle military-style approach".

However, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), told The Independent that self-discipline and teamwork were objectives “that schools instil in pupils day in day out, the majority having never been anywhere near the military”.

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Ex-soldiers 'are role models for kids'

The Government funding has probably fast-tracked us by about five or 10 years. The instructors are all ex-military personnel - they are role models and kids look up to and aspire to be like them. When we go to a school playground children hang on every word.

In some of the deprived areas we work in, young people have not got grassy areas or anywhere to go. When they come to our sessions they get a chance to socialise in a different way, to be part of a team.

Our motto is No Child Left Behind - we will work with every child and young person to help them feel motivated to learn and be part of their school and community again.

– Mike Hamilton, director of Commando Joes'

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Former bomb disposal expert set up charity

Former bomb disposal expert Mike Hamilton, 32, who served in the Royal Engineers for eight years - including two tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan - formed Commando Joes' after leaving the army.

As well as a personal trainer, he was a member of a bomb disposal squad - on one occasion helping clear a whole minefield in an Iraqi village so children could play safely.

He went on to work as part of a recruitment team in the UK and during visits to schools noticed a need to help disillusioned pupils.

Starting Commando Joes as an after-school activity at schools in Manchester in 2009, he has slowly expanded, recruiting extra instructors to teach military-style fitness and one-to-one mentoring, as well as tailor-made team-building exercises and activities.

Charities to pair ex-military staff with disadvantaged pupils

  • All four use activities including one-to-one mentoring, military-style obstacle courses and team-building exercises.
  • They also help re-integrate pupils and prepare them for post-16 courses or jobs, as well as helping primary school children in their move to secondary school.
  • Headteachers working with all four projects to benefit from the funding have already reported an improvement in "difficult to reach pupils", making them less likely to be excluded.

Gove wants 'military ethos' in schools

The boost is part of a wider aim to bring military ethos into the education system, including expansion of the school-based cadets; developing the Troops to Teachers programme; and a rise in the Service Children Premium for Service Children.

Every child can benefit from the values of a military ethos.

Self-discipline and teamwork are at the heart of what makes our Armed Forces the best in the world - and are exactly what all young people need to succeed.

Exclusion from school should never mean exclusion from education.

These projects are helping pupils in alternative provision reach their full potential and are helping to close the attainment gap.

– Education Secretary Michael Gove

Ex-soldiers to visit schools to help expelled pupils

Former soldiers will be sent into schools to instil military-style training for troubled pupils.

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Education Secretary Michael Gove Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Under a new £1.9 million initiative, four projects will be set up to pass on values taught in the military to children who have been excluded from school, Education Secretary Michael Gove said.

Ex-servicemen will be employed to help instil teamwork, discipline and leadership skills through mentoring, outward bound activities and other group exercises such as military-style obstacle courses.

Ministers have said they hope the schemes will raise standards among pupils in alternative provision - those who have been excluded from mainstream education - who often lag behind other children.

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