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THE MP for Gosport has praised a new government scheme which would see former armed forces personnel becoming teachers.

The Troops to Teachers scheme will help former military personnel become teachers within two years – without studying for a degree.

They can earn a salary training four days a week on the job in classrooms and one day at university.

Caroline Dinenage said: ‘It’s something that’s been happening in the US for 20 years and they have had enormous success with it.

‘It makes a lot of sense to take people who have got a background in training and education from working in the armed forces and take them to teach in schools.

‘The training is school-based training so you don’t have to go to university. It’s a really excellent scheme.

‘From a point of view of kids it’s quite inspiring to have teachers who come from outside of the normal backgrounds.

‘Particularly with kids who are a little bit disengaged with the school system, to have teachers with interesting stories to tell and experience of the real world is going to be quite inspiring to some of these kids.’