Military academies: tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and changing outcome

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Blond, Phillip; Kaszynska, Patricia
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Education and Skills, Children and Young People, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This paper proposes a chain of Military Academies officially backed by the Armed Services and delivered by the Cadet Associations to be constituted in Britain's most troubled neighbourhoods. The authors arguee that the schools should be set up in each of the ten Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (RFCA) regions in England and Wales and located in those regions in areas with the greatest concentration of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. Once a network spanning the geographical regions of England and Wales has been established, the authors suggest expanding the chain by concentrating on the so called NEET blackspots – towns and cities where between 25% – 18% of the population aged 16 - 24 are NEET. Eventually, the programme might be extended to every Local Educational Authority area where local residents could petition the regional RFCA to set up a Military Academy. The authors believe that riot hit areas will be among those neighbourhoods that will particularly benefit from this initiative.

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