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Troops to Teachers, from think-tank to classroom (BBC News)

    Tom Burkard, author of the CPS report 'From Troops to Teachers' and co-founder of the Phoenix Free School, is profiled by BBC News. 

    To view the full article, visit the BBC News website

    "At the Phoenix Free School, due to open in Oldham next year, pupils will be taught by a purely ex-military staff.

    The school is the brainchild of Prof Tom Burkard who came up with the idea of fast-tracking former servicemen and women into UK classrooms.

    The professor of Education Policy at University of Derby also wrote the original think-tank report 'Troops to Teachers' for the Centre for Policy Studies in 2008.

    In the paper, he advocated bringing a United States programme which retrains retiring troops as teachers for inner city schools, to the UK.

    He suggested that ex-troops without degrees could begin their new careers as teaching assistants or remedial tutors.

    This is exactly the policy that will be has adopted at Phoenix, a mixed comprehensive."

    To view the full article, visit the BBC News website

    Date added: Friday 7th June 2013