Nick used a Commons debate last week to stand up for popular school cadet schemes in Walker and Heaton which could be under threat because of policy changes made by the Government.
He said: “Involvement in cadet units and work on the associated BTEC teaches participants the ethos of public service, as well as beneficial life skills, such as discipline and organisation. Not every pupil encounters those virtues outside the school environment.” But he added, there were continuing problems for teachers wishing to back the cadets.
Mr Brown, who has been a school governor in Walker since 1980, said: “Resources are restricted. The school has to prioritise and it has to prioritise those courses that count towards its evaluation, yet the uniformed public services qualification work is doing so well for the school.”
The Defence Minister who replied for the Government said he agreed the Department for Education should give the cadet course credit for its hard work.
He said: “In the Ministry of Defence, we recognise that a BTEC in public services can be life-changing for some young people, with it either being the only qualification they receive or the additional qualification that allows them to fulfil their ambitions.
The Evening Chronicle lent their support to Nick’s campaign today.