Cadet Schools Expansion Programme

The Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) was launched by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in June 2012, with the aim to deliver 100 new cadet units in English state-funded schools by September 2015. 

This target was achieved and the Government has now committed to grow the total number of cadet units in schools across the UK to 500 by 2020, which will be supported in part by £50m of Libor funding.

The CEP is part of the Government’s aim of promoting military ethos in schools; to instil values in young people that will help them get the most out of their lives, and to contribute to their communities and country. This means pupils developing qualities such as self-discipline, loyalty and respect, strong leadership, teamwork and resilience which will help them achieve excellence and shape their own future. The programme focuses on Combined Cadet Force units ensuring that as many pupils from a state school have the chance to experience the life-enriching activities of military cadets as part of school life – this mirrors the military activity offered in many of the best independent schools in the country.

To find out more about the Cadet Expansion Programme in the South West visit / or contact Schools Cadet Expansion Officer Les Tanner on 01823 250109 or

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