Education Ministers are currently considering ideas set out in ResPublica’s Green Paper on Military Academies
The Department for Education has this week expressed support for ResPublica’s Green Paper Military Academies: Tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and changing outcome.
Following Andrew Bridgen MP’s question to the Secretary of State for Education regarding his policy on the formation of military academies, The Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb stated:
“Ministers have read with interest the report ‘Military Academies: Tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and changing outcomes’, published by ResPublica in January this year. I welcome the role the military and cadet forces can play in engaging young people. The Department is currently considering the ideas set out in this paper.”
In a second response to Andrew Bridgen MP, The Minister of State for Schools answered the question on what recent representations he has received on the proposed formation of military academies:“I have met my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Mr Brazier) and Colonel Hugh Purcell to discuss a range of issues including military academies.”
Upon its publication in January, the ResPublica Green Paper received considerable interest and praise in both Parliament and press. In Prime Minister's Question Time on the day of its publication, David Cameron expressed his interest and support:
"I will look very carefully at the ResPublica report that my hon. Friend mentions. We should empower our cadet forces to expand and perhaps to go into parts of the country where they have not always been present. The link that my hon. Friend makes between them and schools is a very good idea, which we should promote and support."
Written by ResPublica Director Phillip Blond and Patricia Kaszynska, Senior Researcher and Project Manager at ResPublica, the paper outlines a new approach to tackling intergenerational disadvantage and the social and educational dysfunction that cripples our most depressed areas. It proposes a new network of transformative educational institutions, Military Academies officially backed by the Armed Services and delivered by the Cadet Associations which would teach the skills and discipline required to alter outcomes for those who live in our most troubled towns and cities.
ResPublica Green Papers are a new publication format from The ResPublica Trust, the not-for-profit entity which undertakes all of ResPublica's work in the UK. Designed to provide a discussion platform for single exciting ideas in public policy, the purpose of these short, provocative pieces is to outline an argument which could spark a debate and prompt feedback and deeper reflection on the topic. Published and disseminated on-line, Green Papers are used as a blueprint for future ResPublica activity.
This publication is part of a set of work from our Models and Partnerships for Social Prosperity workstream encompassing reports, roundtables and conferences that addresses the problems of intergenerational deprivation and institutional disadvantage that compounds the lack of opportunities for too many children and young people in the UK. The overarching conviction uniting this work is that policy solutions capable of tackling these problems have to operate on the level of groups and communities as well as individuals. Past attempts at fighting destitution and disadvantage risk failure because they were designed to improve only individual life chances rather than to transform the outcome for deprived communities as a whole. Unhappily, the effect of many policies aiming to increase social mobility was to move a small number of individuals up the social ladder and leave their communities behind. With social mobility in the UK remaining at the level it was for those born in 1970 and the inequality gap haemorrhaging the aspirations of those at the bottom, a radical rethinking of public policy is needed.
For further information regarding ResPublica's work on education and skills, or wider work from the Models and Partnerships for Social Prosperity workstream please contact Dr Patricia Kaszynska, Senior Researcher and Project Manager at ResPublica and co-author of the Military Academies paper, at Patricia.Kaszynska@respublica.