5/10/2016

What makes a great mentor? Commando Joe’s top tips

Our Commando Joe’s instructors do it every day in schools across the country – but what does it really take to be a great mentor?

Inspiring young people is a huge part of what we do. We help them to build confidence, take risks, bounce back from failure and strive for success.

Last week, at a mentor training event, Prince Harry opened up about his Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst Military Academy, who motivated him to ‘push forward’ following the death of his mum, Princess Diana.

It got us thinking about the power of positive role models – how exactly certain people inspire us, and what a difference they can make to our lives.

Our national manager Dan Kelly shares his experience of a great mentor…

“When I was in the army in 2003, my superior was a man called Billy. He was our captain and quartermaster, about 15 years older than me, and he still inspires me today. ”

“Billy was responsible for overseeing all the equipment in the camp. He organised everything. I had to put a lot of trust and belief in him, to know that he had got my training right.” 

“He was in a much more senior position but he really invested in me. He was firm but fair and we developed a mutual respect for each other which really built my confidence. He taught me to work hard and I was always learning from him. I think my work ethic today is down to Billy.

“We all looked up to and respected him, so he never walked around shouting orders. Maybe it was through his years of experience, but he had an aura about him that you couldn’t teach.”

Dan’s top tips for being a positive role model to others

  1. Lead by example. Never give a job to anyone that you wouldn’t be happy doing yourself.
  2. Be approachable. It’s important to our Commando Joes and Janes that the pupils in their classes can approach them to chat, ask questions and get the most out of every activity.
  3. Listen to feedback. It’s the most effective way to improve.
  4. Build trust. By trusting the pupils in our schools, we encourage their development and creativity. A trusting environment means pupils aren’t afraid to make mistakes.
  5. Be willing to learn from failure. As part of our character education, we teach young people to deal with disappointment, learn from it and move on. This builds resilience and encourages them to bounce back from whatever life throws at them.

 

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Online Curriculum and Resources for Primary Schools

The online tools you'll need to deliver and monitor the exciting CoJo character curriculum

School Led Programme

The online tools you need to deliver the exciting CO-JO character curriculum.

  • 1 x Top secret life skills and character education box
  • 1 x Full training day for staff delivering the programme
  • Character Education/Life Skills Curriculum
  • SOW and 120 suggested top secret missions
  • Complete cross curricular connections
  • Judgement tracker for school,class and individual pupil
  • Personalised progress reports and certificate termly for every pupil
  • Impact reports/dashboard of progress
  • Video and picture evidence

* 12 months’ access to all resources

* Top secret box and equipment is for the school to keep

£3,795 + VAT

School Led 4 Year programme

The online tools you need to deliver the exciting COJO character curriculum for 4 years.

  • 1 x Top secret life skills and character education box
  • 4 x training days for staff delivering the programme *1 day each year
  • Updated Character Education Curriculum
  • SOW and 120 suggested top secret missions
  • Complete cross curricular connections
  • Judgement tracker School,class, individual pupil
  • Personalised progress reports and certificate termly for every pupil
  • Impact reports/dashboard of progress
  • Save £1,000 on the 4 year programme

£6,900 + VAT / Includes 1 Co-jo kit box.

*Spread the cost over 4 years please contact the office info@commandojoes.co.uk or T: 0844 800 3212

EXTRA CO-JO KIT BOXES

Buy an extra CO-JO kit box to help engage even more pupils!

As you know the boxes contain enough equipment to break a large class into 4 groups and the box includes things like:

  • Camouflage nets
  • Barrels
  • Two way radios
  • Team planks
  • Tyres
  • Parachutes
  • Ropes
  • Blindfolds
  • Water containers/ Jerry cans
  • Hurdles
  • Ladders
  • Cones
  • Matts
  • CJ Drawstring bags
  • Shelter building equipment
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • And much much more!

All of this equipment can transform your playground into an exciting space for any age group!

Existing school wanting an extra box £1,250 + VAT

Do you just want the Top Secret box?

Why not just buy a box for the whole school, the box is a great addition to any school and can be used for a whole school approach including:

  • Breakfast clubs
  • Lunchtimes
  • After school
  • PE lessons
  • Sports days
  • Team building

The box can be used for anything the only restriction is your imagination.

Boxes are limited so book now to avoid long delivery times.

* New schools that are not part of the programme

* Box only

* Delivery UK Mainland - £119.00

£1,495 + VAT

Programs for Primary and Secondary Schools

Amazing role model in you’re school from £281 a day!

Includes instructor, kit, equipment, bespoke programme and wrap around package; Breakfast, lunch and after school club.

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 1 DAY

  • 1 x full day a week for 39 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£11,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 2 DAY

  • 2 x full day a week for 78 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£22,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 3 DAY

  • 3 x full day a week for 117 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£33,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

*Once you have paid your deposit our team will be in contact. We will come into your school to look at developing your amazing new programme and arrange a start date.

EXTRA CO-JO KIT BOXES

Buy an extra CO-JO kit box to help engage even more pupils!

As you know the boxes contain enough equipment to break a large class into 4 groups and the box includes things like:

  • Camouflage nets
  • Barrels
  • Two way radios
  • Team planks
  • Tyres
  • Parachutes
  • Ropes
  • Blindfolds
  • Water containers/ Jerry cans
  • Hurdles
  • Ladders
  • Cones
  • Matts
  • CJ Drawstring bags
  • Shelter building equipment
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • And much much more!

All of this equipment can transform your playground into an exciting space for any age group!

Existing school wanting an extra box £1,250 + VAT