Armed Forces: Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authority controlled (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the UK will receive new resources for informing and educating schoolchildren and teachers about the work of the armed forces; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The latest termly email to schools, including to local authority controlled schools, sent in September included information about the new British Armed Forces Learning Resource 2014 and a link to the online version of the resource.[1] The resource aims to help teachers introduce students to the work of the Armed Forces in Britain and abroad, exploring their role, history, current operations and what it is like to work as part of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. It includes background information, views and different perspectives from many longstanding members of the Armed Forces and includes lesson ideas, areas for discussion and links to other publications and information. We often highlight free resources but believe that schools are best placed to decide which materials they wish to use.

[1] www.armedforceslearningresources.co.uk

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