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Ex service members to be fast tracked into teaching

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said MoD plans to make it is easier for former service members to train to become teachers would benefit veterans.

This new initiative will be beneficial not only to the veterans who are able to undertake a new and challenging career, but also to the young people who will learn from teachers that possess unique expertise in areas such as leadership, problem-solving, and adaptability.

A career in the Armed Forces provides skills and experience you cannot gain anywhere else, and I would encourage anyone leaving the Services to take the opportunity to pass on their invaluable knowledge and instill respect, discipline and pride in the next generation.

In response, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg MP, said the Troops to Teachers programme, which has not yet been launched, had not been devised quickly enough by the Government.

It has taken 3 years for Michael Gove just to launch this scheme, and during that time only a handful of volunteers have come forward - just 1 in 500 trainee teachers, and the number is falling. Labour supports the principle of ex forces training as teachers, but parents will judge this Government on action, not words.

Read: MoD reveals plans to train soldiers as teachers

MoD reveals plans to train soldiers as teachers

Former members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force could now find it easier to train to be teachers.

New scheme Troops to Teachers will provide training opportunities to highly-skilled service leaders, and the programme includes extra benefits such as salaries while training and bursaries.

There are two routes through to taking the course:

  • From September 2013, former service leaders with degrees will be able to enroll on teacher training programmes with additional training and £2,000 bursary uplifts.
  • From January 2014, former service leavers without degrees will be able to enroll on a two-year, school-based, paid training programme.
  • They will be the only people able to start training as a teacher without a degree and be qualified within two years.

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