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Commando Joe's Character Curriculum

‘No Child Left Behind’ is our founding ethos. The primary aim of our programmes is to improve the educational outcomes for children and young people.


CJ's is an inclusive school-led programme which has been designed and developed by school leaders, teachers, children and young people. Here at HPPS we are dedicated to the development of each child as an individual, and presenting them with the opportunities to succeed. We encourage our children to make the most of their strengths and embrace their areas for development, by developing confidence and a ‘can-do’ attitude.  We believe that every child, however challenging their circumstances and whatever their background, can achieve.


Our 7 Core Values are integral to the ethos of our school and help to shape the decisions we make.  


Commando Joe’s aim is to provide a character learning journey that can be personalised to the needs of children, whatever their background or need - encouraging our children to think critically and develop a mindset that thrives on looking at themselves and others from different perspectives. It was founded by former veteran and lecturer Mike Hamilton who worked with the Department for Education to create a programme that supports pupils, parents, teachers and schools nationwide with building essential life skills and supporting positive behaviour changes.


The RESPECT framework supports the “Whole school approach” with staff being able to help children to develop these behaviour traits within a number of exciting topics based on amazing characters and aspects of their life stories. Significant heroes/heroines, explorers and adventurers have been identified to support children’s understanding of these essential life skills. Children are then set exciting missions to solve. In our school this will take place on our Friday enrichment afternoons. 


RESPECT focuses on:

R- Resilience (Romeo Resilience)

E- Empathy (Eddie Empathy)

S- Self Awareness (Sophie Self Awareness)

P- Positivity (Parveen Positivity)

E- Excellence (Elliot Excellence)

C- Communication (Charlie Communication)

T- Teamwork (Tanisha Teamwork)


This Commando Joe's programme is progressive from Early Years through to Year 6. One of our main goals is to build the confidence of our pupils, as we believe that children with high self-esteem are better able to make difficult decisions under peer pressure, approach adults for support, and be self-sufficient in their learning. The programme develops this resilience through many activities, being part of a team, performing challenges or having a leadership role. The children will develop their sense of adventure and increase their confidence and independence by taking part in new and unfamiliar activities. These transferable skills are vital as they become ready for the next stage of their learning.


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