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Troops to teachers part 2

7 January 2014

Coming into force this month, part 2 of the Government’s fast-track teacher training initiative for ex-service personnel enables former soldiers, sailors and airmen without degrees to become teachers in as little as two years. The story has been reported on the same day as Dame Sharon Hallows, head teacher at Charter Academy in Portsmouth, partially credits the success of the Academy in transforming behavioural issues to having ex-sailors as pastoral support workers.

What is particularly notable in the new initiative is that it isn’t particularly new. Under part 1 of the Troops to Teacher’s scheme launched in July 2013, personnel with degrees can become qualified teachers after completing just one years training since September 2013; only a handful have done so. And many will remember (some fondly and some not!) the number of discharged service personnel who ventured into teaching in the 1940s and 50s.

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