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Armed Forces: Schools

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on visits by armed forces personnel to schools. (196605)

We welcome the opportunity to visit schools. Armed forces personnel do visit schools to raise awareness and understanding and help with youth work, e.g. sports and engineering projects. Any visit will be at the invitation of a school and the school will work with the armed forces to determine what information will be provided to young people. This will include information on careers in the services as well as providing general information to make students aware of the work of the MOD and armed forces worldwide.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers were employed by Service Children's Education at the latest date for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the full-time requirement. (199492)

As at the 1 April 2008, Service Children's Education (SCE) employed 775 full-time teachers and 37 part-time teachers

The estimated teacher establishment for the academic year 2008/09 is 737 full-time teachers and 37 part-time teachers, with the bulk of these reductions reflecting the closure of Osnabrück Station in Germany during 2008-09.