Armed Forces: Cadets

Education written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress she has made on the bursary scheme to set up cadet units in schools.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Cadet Bursary Fund was launched by the Prime Minister on 18 June to help state schools set up, grow and sustain new cadet units. The aim of our Cadet Expansion Programme is to see 100 new state school units established by September 2015. 49 new units have been approved so far.

The Cadet Bursary fund will be administered by the Combined Cadet Force Association. The Department for Education is supporting the development of a fundraising strategy to ensure the legacy of the fund.

To date, £1,560,000 has been donated or pledged to the fund. This comprises £1 million from Libor funds, £250,000 from Youth United funding and £310,000 from private donations. The fund will open to applications from schools involved in the Cadet Expansion Programme on 15 September, and grant decisions will be announced in early December.

We will publish the full details on the application process and detailed guidance for schools shortly.

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