'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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