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Former armed forces personnel without degrees will be fast-tracked into teaching in England under a new government programme. The Troops to Teachers scheme will help "highly skilled" former military personnel become teachers within two years. Education Minister David Laws said ex-members of "our inspiring armed forces" could make great teachers. Teaching unions doubted whether two years' training would be enough. Read more from Judith Burns at

British troopsFormer soldiers will be able to qualify as teachers in two years under a new government scheme. From next year, ex-service personnel who do not have a degree, but have experience or qualifications as instructors, coaches or mentors, will be able to sign up to a programme that will put them in the classroom in around half the time it usually takes to become a teacher. The move is part of a bid by ministers to encourage members of the army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy to consider teaching as a career.

The University of Brighton is to lead a government-funded project to train military personnel as teachers once they leave the services. The Troops to Teachers programme aims to support a smooth transition into the civilian workforce for those Service members who are exiting their military careers and who have the potential to become outstanding teachers. The university is leading a consortium of six other universities – Bath Spa, Canterbury Christ Church, Reading, Huddersfield, Staffordshire and Southampton – and is working with a range of outstanding primary and secondary schools to support the development and delivery of the programme. The consortium will enable former Service personnel to train to teach by accessing newly created initial teacher training (ITT) routes.

The Troops to Teachers scheme in America has already trained 16 000 ex service personnel as teachers since its conception in 1994. The scheme appears to be doing extremely well, with 88% of the newly trained teachers still working after three years. The average for teachers who stay in the profession is usually a mere 50% after five years spent in the classroom. Indeed the programme I watched was overwhelmingly positive about Troops to Teachers and the pupils also seemed to be enjoying the new style of teaching. Many of the ex-soldiers were extremely capable of keeping control over a group of students without having to raise their voice or resort to many ‘traditional’ disciplinary methods.
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