16 March 2018

School sees ‘remarkable’ changes following lessons with army veteran

ATLP’s Slade Primary School has seen ‘remarkable’ changes to pupil attitude and mind set after enlisting the help of a British army veteran.

The academy is working with Commando Joe’s to provide outstanding learning opportunities for its pupils. Every week, pupils take part in various mental and physical challenges, as part of a national initiative with proven results of developing pupil confidence and character.

Commando Joe’s comprises a team of more than 40 veterans across the country who have retrained to work in schools and are working in partnership with education charity, Services for Education. Together, they to deliver a bespoke programme based on individual school needs to over 32 schools across the West Midlands and more than 300 schools nationally.

Ricky Atkins from Commando Joe’s, works with pupils as young as four, focusing on developing character traits such as resilience, communication and teamwork, as well as promoting British values, plus classroom support and assertive mentoring.

Helen Hastilow, headteacher at Slade Primary School, said:

We’ve worked with Services for Education and Commando Joe’s for over a year now, as part of our wider focus on growth mind set and pupils believing in themselves.

The programme has really supported our mission and the results are truly remarkable. We’ve seen pupils’ confidence levels rise and it’s really encouraging to see others really coming out of their shells. Pupils are more focused and independent during lessons – positively impacting their performance.”

Andrew Cooper, head of the School Support at Services for Education, said:

We have seen the success Commando Joe’s has had with other schools nationally, which is why we are supporting the delivery in Birmingham.

We know schools, like Slade Primary are continually looking for ways to engage proactively with pupils that may fall outside of a teacher’s skillset. The programme provides a unique approach to supporting students, whilst promoting British values and vital skills pupils can carry throughout their life.”

For more information on Services For Education across Birmingham and the West Midlands visit www.servicesforeducation.co.uk

For more information on Commando Joe’s, including information on their new school led model visit www.commandojoes.co.uk