Number of trainees recruited under Troops for Teachers and feedback from school involved.

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Dear Department for Education,

A recent DfE press release announced the expansion of the Troops for Teachers scheme.

But TES in July 2014 said only 41 trainees had been recruited.

I should be grateful if you could let me know the exact number of ex-forces personnel recruited under this scheme since it first began.

Your press release also says the DfE received positive feedback from schools involved with the scheme. I should be grateful if you could let me know:

1 How many schools are involved in Troops for Teachers?
2 How many supplied feedback?

I should also be grateful if you could release the feedback.

Yours faithfully,

J Downs

Department for Education

Dear Mr/Ms Downs

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015/0002141.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Dear Mr/Ms Downs,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received  12 February 2015. You
requested to know:

* the exact number of ex-forces personnel recruited under this scheme since it first
* how many schools are involved in Troops to Teachers;
* how many supplied feedback and for us to release the feedback.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

At the point of the press release published in the TES on July 2014, 41 trainees had been
recruited to the Troops to Teachers programme.  These trainees formed the first cohort and
began their training in January 2014.  A second cohort of 50 was recruited and began their
training in September 2014.  In total 91 trainees have been recruited since the programme
was launched in June 2013.

There are currently 78 schools involved in the Troops to Teachers programme.  The feedback
we hold has been provided by two different schools involved in the programme since the first
trainees started in schools in January 2014. One of these schools provided two instances of
feedback. A copy of this feedback is enclosed. We have also received verbal feedback from
other schools, but as these took the form of conversations we do not hold recorded
information of their feedback. 

In the feedback enclosed, the following exemption has been applied:

The information enclosed includes a small number of redactions. Where we have applied
section 40(2) (personal data), this is because the information in question includes 3^rd
party personal data.  Personal data is that which relates to a living individual who can be
identified from that data, or from that data and other information which is likely to be in,
or to come into, the possession of the requestor.  Disclosure of this information would
contravene a number of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998, and
would be regarded as ‘unfair’.  By that, we mean the likely expectations of the data subject
that his or her information would not be disclosed to others and the effect which disclosure
would have on the data subject.  Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is not subject
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