Ex-soldiers help expelled pupils

Former soldiers are to pass on military-style values of teamwork, discipline and leadership skills to expelled and difficult pupils.

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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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