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