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Mar
2015
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By Tracy Walker, Nottingham Post

Nottingham city centre stood to attention when shoppers were given an insight into life in the Armed forces.

Regular Army and Army reserve units from across the Midlands hosted a recruitment...

Wed
08
Apr

Creative Writing Competition by CND Peace Education

This year, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, CND Peace Education are hosting a creative writing competition on the theme of “The day the bomb fell”. The competition aims to give young people a chance to nurture their creative talents whilst learning about the human and environmental consequences of this historically significant event.

Thu
26
Mar

Navy Calls In The Big Guns To Stop Peaceful Uni Protest

STUDENTS who staged a spontaneous peace protest at an armed forces recruitment stand at their university were threatened with arrest yesterday.

The students say they were intimidated by military recruiters, university staff and security guards who called the police. One protester was told: “Go back to Greece.”

The Royal Navy, navy reserves and Royal Air Force were running a recruitment stand at the University of Bradford’s annual spring careers fair.

Protester and biomedical science student Beth Davies said: “This was just a group of students. We saw what was going on and decided something should be done about it.

“The military called security and security threatened to call the police.

“Nobody was arrested because we left before the police arrived.”

The protesters said one foreign student’s identification card was confiscated by security guards, leaving him unable to attend lectures and facing possible exclusion from exams.

Thu
05
Mar

The British Armed Forces: Propaganda in the classroom?

Here is a critical review of The British Armed Forces, a "learning resource" produced by the UK government and sent to schools. The video is made by Quaker Peace & Social Witness as part of their joint project with ForcesWatch. Read a full analysis here.

The British Armed Forces: Propaganda in the classroom?
Thu
05
Mar

Critique launched by Forces Watch and Quaker Peace & Social Witness against the UK Government's 'learning resource'

This week Forces Watch from the UK launched a critique, with Quaker Peace & Social Witness, against the Government's 'learning resource' about the UK armed forces.

The report and video examines The British Armed Forces Learning Resource (published in September 2014 by the Prime Minister's Office and promoted to schools by the Department for Education) and finds that it:

  • is a poor quality educational resource, unsuitable for many of those it is aimed at (pupils aged 5 to 16)

  • is politically-driven

Wed
18
Feb

Troops to Teachers marches on for another two years

The Troops to Teachers programme is being extended to give more former service personnel who do not have degrees the chance to become teachers.

The programme is a route into teaching for those leaving the armed services who have gained qualifications or relevant experience such as teaching, instructing or mentoring through their jobs. It is a salaried, two-year training programme based in schools.

Last year, 95 former personnel joined the scheme. Today education secretary Nicky Morgan announced that the scheme will continue to recruit trainees in September 2015 and September 2016.

Ms Morgan said: “At a visit to a recent study week, I was able to see for myself the high calibre of the current trainees and the wealth of skills they can bring to teaching, including leadership, teamwork, resilience and the ability to inspire and engage.”

Fri
06
Feb

Minister: cut teenage pregnancies with army cadets

In this article from The Telegraph, Matthew Holehouse quotes John Nash (the British government's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools) as saying "The great thing that the cadet force can bring to schools is men. Of course women forces personnel are extremely good role models, particularly for girls in schools, but sadly a large proportion of young people today are brought up in what we politely call ‘single parent households’, which almost certainly normally means a single mother.”

He claims that  teenage girls from single-parent families who had “never experienced the love of a man” could be deterred from forming “unsuitable relationships” if they enrolled in a cadet unit".

Thu
29
Jan

Over The Top: A dramatic response to militarisation in education

This touring show was commissioned by Central England Quakers in response to the increasing influence of military values in everyday life, especially in our schools (ex-Education Minister Michael Gove’s professed wish to see a ‘military ethos’ in all schools). As has been demonstrated recently by Gove’s successor, Nicky Morgan, this policy is still being pursued and if anything, is being ‘upped’.

Over the Top focuses on the dilemma created when two contrasting points of view over the role of the military in our schools clash and come to a head-on confrontation.

Thu
22
Jan

Veterans bring ‘military ethos’ to schools

The pupils of year five at St Aloysius Catholic primary in Roby, Liverpool stand shoulder to shoulder, listening closely as the man in combat trousers and army boots outlines the task ahead.

Dressed in their blue PE shorts and white tops, they stand tall as the instructor speaks. First they have to imagine they are stranded in a desert and work out what they need to survive.

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Source: The Guardian

Photo credit: Commando Joe’s

Mon
12
Jan

The geography of military recruitment

Military recruitment tactics are increasingly fine-tuned to where a person lives, and how they perceive the world’s geography

‘The basic argument is that military recruitment has a geography. It happens in certain places, and maps on to broader trends in society – particularly inequality,’ says Matthew Rech, a researcher at Newcastle University who specialises in geopolitics and military recruitment.

‘There’s also an imagined geography to military recruitment. The military has to persuade people of a particular vision or version of the world, which is based on assumptions of cultural difference and otherness,’ says Rech.

Different services present the world in different ways. ‘The Royal Air Force, for instance, is distinct. It promises world travel. There’s also an idea bound up in the theatre and romance of flight. The pilot is a transcendent person,’ he says.

Tue
06
Jan

Children enjoy a day as Royal Marines

THEIR expertise has helped protect Britain for more than 350 years.

And a taste of the survival skills needed to be a Royal Marine were passed on to children in a dressing-up game with a difference.

As part of a survival-themed year of activities, The Royal Marines Museum, in Eastney Esplanade, Portsmouth, has been giving families the chance to wear marines’ combat gear for different types of conditions.

Now we’re in the winter months, the challenge to be a part of an Arctic convoy was set this weekend, including camouflaging in pure white snow and choosing the right equipment for sub-zero temperatures.

There was a choice of gear to wear, including jackets and helmets, as well as white mesh worn for colder climates.

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