Teachers, we’ve got your back
So much of what we do is pupil-focused, with the primary aim of instilling values such as resilience, empathy and respect.
But the way our instructors plan their days in schools is also designed to benefit teachers – from providing classroom help to motivation and more free time.
It was recently revealed that one in five teachers is working more than 60 hours per week, according to international think tank The Education Policy Institute.
To us, it’s more important than ever that teachers feel supported by the work we do.
Here are some of the ways we achieve this day-to-day:
- Morning clubs
We work with pupils before the school day starts, targeting poor punctuality and attendance. Our breakfast clubs ensure that pupils aren’t starting the day on an empty stomach, meaning they go into lessons feeling focused and ready to learn.
- Break and lunchtime duties
Our reward-based activity sessions free up teachers’ time and allow staff to select young people who have performed well in class. We also deliver ‘Commando Joe’s Top Table’ where pupils have the chance to eat their lunch with Commando Joe – an incentive for good behaviour which empowers staff.
- Curriculum sessions
Within the classroom, we assist teachers in a number of ways, primarily by delivering our own whole-class sessions working on character development, teamwork and resilience. Teachers can use this time to catch up with marking and lesson planning, or even to further their own professional development by attending training courses.
When we’re not leading our unique team-building activities, we support teachers in the classroom by working closely with any unruly pupils and ensuring they complete their work, stay focused and adhere to school rules.
We also offer one-to-one mentoring to pupils who may be struggling in school due to behaviour, attendance, bullying or other external factors.
- After-school clubs
We provide practical sessions after school as a great way to end the day on a positive note. We focus on character development and use this time to nurture pupils who are low in confidence and self-esteem.
We’ve had fantastic feedback from staff in schools, so we know we’re impacting pupil behaviour as well as having a positive influence on teachers’ work-life balance.
To register your interest in Commando Joe’s or book a FREE session for your school, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
Read more on the report into teachers’ working hours here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37585982