Established in 2009 Commando Joe’s are the leading provider of character and resilience training in the UK. Developing well rounded resilient young people is integral to the provision we offer schools. We currently employ 100 veterans including wounded and sick as instructors/mentors using service core values such as leadership, self-discipline, resilience and teamwork to improve engagement, behaviour and educational attainment outcomes for young people. In recognition of our work we have been awarded the Highly commended Character award from the DfE, the silver award for the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC).
Commando Joe’s is one of the DfE’s Character Alternative Provision Programme providers. The Programme focused on raising educational attainment and improving those things that support those outcomes, such as good behaviour and good attendance. It used service leavers employed as instructors and mentors to help instill certain aspects of military ethos, such as leadership, self-discipline and teamwork to help improve engagement, behaviour and educational attainment. Out of all the organisations the Department funded during the four-year programme, Commando Joe’s has produced the most evidences to demonstrate significantly improved educational attainment and engagement of primary and secondary school pupils.
PhDs at Swansea University were commissioned to undertake a three-year independent evaluation of impact. “Investigating the effectiveness on educational attainment and behaviour of Commando Joe’s: a school-based, military-ethos intervention” was published internationally at http://ciafel.fade.up.pt/aehd/index.php/aehd/article/view/185 Over the evaluation period Swansea University found a 95% increase in pupils’ attitude towards school, 58% reduction in problem behaviour, 52% increase in attendance, and supported over 4000 disadvantaged or disengaged pupils across 97 schools. Commando Joe’s now work across 360 schools. Integral to the success of the whole school approach delivered by Commando Joe’s is the partnership working and bespoke training package provided to the senior leadership teams (SLT) within all their schools. Building on the success of their MEAP provision Commando Joe’s now offer a number of different whole school approach/school led programmes designed to upskill school leaders, classroom teachers and pupils.
Our overarching aim is to help support and motivate the specific pupils who are high ability but low achieving, giving them a focus and drive to achieve, this must be achievement led to ensure we’re having the desired outcomes. The pupils will need to work hard on improving their resilience and self-discipline, taking ownership for themselves while taking part in challenging team command tasks, leadership exercises and enterprise activities. The groups will be given guidance to understand that respect for themselves and their future means they must be dedicated to achieving the goals set by the school and in Commando Joes sessions.
Commando Joe’s will focus on helping the pupils improve on:
• Take ownership of themselves
• Improved self-esteem
• Positive Communication
• Academic achievement