Our inner cities need troops in the classrooms, write Tom Burkard and Captain AK Burki (a British Army Officer) in ‘Something Can Be Done’.
This report outlines how their original ‘Troops for Teachers’ proposal could soon become reality in Greater Manchester. It urges action to bring forward proposals for a Phoenix free school model, to be staffed entirely by ex-military personnel. Lord Guthrie, the former Chief of Defence Staff, has agreed to become a patron.
In view of the urgency of the effort against urban gangs, the report concludes that the Phoenix model would be able to make a positive contribution to bringing about a solution, if it were exempted from the sclerotic timetable which is currently compulsory in Free School applications.
Lord Guthrie, the former Chief of Defence staff: “If this school is a success, then it should serve as a model for a chain of hundreds of schools across the country. That is why I was honoured to be invited to be the Patron of the first Phoenix School.”