14/08/2014 16:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Ex-Soldiers To Be Sent Into Schools To Improve Behaviour

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Ex-soldiers are to be sent into schools to improve discipline and fitness levels.

A £5 million Government programme will see former members of the Armed Forces take lessons at schools across England after research showed that their input had a dramatic effect on pupils' exam results.

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss told the Telegraph: "The lives of thousands of disengaged children have been turned around thanks to these projects which instil our wonderful Armed Forces' values of hard work and discipline.

"That is why we are increasing the funding going to these important projects – so that even more children can benefit from the military ethos."

The Coalition will fund six charities to run projects involving former servicemen, focused principally on children with behaviour problems.

Activities run by the groups will include one-to-one mentoring to help address discipline issues, the introduction of military-style obstacle courses to motivate hard-to-teach pupils, team-building sessions to encourage teamwork and confidence-building exercises to help children cope with the transition from primary to secondary school.