My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Derek Twigg) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
I am pleased to announce that the schools selected to take part in the trial expansion of the Combined Cadet Force further into the state school sector will be:
Archers Court Specialist Maths and Computing College, Dover
Budmouth Technology College, Weymouth
Deacon's School—Specialist Technology College, Peterborough
Haberdashers' Aske's Federation of Hatcham College and Knights Academy, London
Treorchy Comprehensive School, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan
We are in active dialogue with a school in Scotland and hope we can announce its participation in due course. The MoD will now begin the process of training the teachers and staff from the schools who have volunteered to take part in the pilot scheme. This process will involve attending courses at the Cadet Training Centre, training sessions with the local cadet training teams and participation at cadet camps. This activity will continue through to the summer of 2007. We expect the first pupils to enrol as cadets in the new contingents, as planned, at the start of the academic year 2007-08.
The MoD remains fully committed to supporting the opportunities which the Combined Cadet Force, through the unique educational partnership established between the MoD and the individual school, is able to provide. It is this range of personal development and educational opportunities that enables the Combined Cadet Force to stand out among other youth organisations, thereby acting as a genuine force for good for the young people who join, the schools in which they are based as well as for the communities in which they live. We are therefore determined to ensure that this pilot scheme will allow many more young people to enjoy the full cadet experience.