§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
We recognise the positive impact of participation in training courses offered by the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Training Corps and other out of school activities on pupils' leadership skills, self esteem and motivation. They also significantly reduce the risk of vulnerable young people drifting into crime as well as improving their school attendance, as I observed when I visited Project Outreach run by the Army Cadet Force Association in February.
It is for schools to consider requests to attend such activities. Requests should be considered on an individual basis taking into account the impact on the continuity of the pupil's learning and the guidance in annex A of the Department for Education and Skills' circular 10/99, School Inclusion: Pupil Support.