The TES is reporting that a controversial scheme to turn former military personnel into teachers has trained just a sixth of its target number of veterans during the first two years.
The Troops to Teachers initiative had 180 places for its first cohort, which completed training this month. But only 32 people have finished the course and become teachers.
The government-backed scheme had attracted controversy from the start because the plans to retrain former soldiers as teachers were sold as a way to bring a “military ethos” into struggling schools…
The figures have emerged after official reports criticised the organisation of the Troops to Teachers project.
The 2015 National College for Teaching and Leadership annual report says that there have been “challenges on recruitment” for the initiative.
A Department for Education spokesperson said Troops to Teachers was offering “talented service leavers a chance to inspire the next generation” by teaching leadership, teamwork and resilience.
See more in the 22 January edition of TES
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