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Teachers: Ex-servicemen

Education written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on his proposal to recruit former members of the armed forces as teachers; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 27 February 2012

We have worked closely with the Ministry of Defence and the Training and Development Agency for Schools on ways to bring more service leavers into the teaching profession. 155 Service leavers have applied for initial teacher training courses this year, which is significantly higher than the 40 to 50 we would normally expect to receive. Further to this, we have reserved 50 additional places on the Graduate Teacher programme, to commence from September 2012, which will be available exclusively to service leavers.

We are also developing a new high quality programme which will recruit and train the most talented service leavers as teachers. We will announce further details of this programme later this year.

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