We run the Active Citizenship Proficiency Scheme in partnership with Cobra Martial Arts Association. It is a programme for disengaged individual pupils or small groups (maximum of 12) with challenging behaviour, aimed at supporting them to succeed in sustained education and employment.
The programme is delivered to a variety of young people from schools, colleges, community centres, pupil referral units and young offender units. We achieve our aims through high quality alternative provision, work readiness and learning, based on building effective relationships that enable achieving life skills and meaningful qualifications.
We offer a half term or full year programme for students in Key Stage 2, 3 & 4, who are at risk of being permanently excluded or disengaged from their mainstream schools. The programme consists of a highly focused and structured curriculum, aimed at using martial arts as a driving tool to engage students to successfully return or to engage with different young people in their schools.
Our aim is to encourage young people to understand, accept and take responsibility for their behaviour. We work with each student in a targeted and personalised way, giving them as much appropriate help and support as possible, enabling them to confront their issues and learn how to move forward.
Over 12 weeks, the students will work towards gaining their Bronze proficiency target of 5 units completed. During the second 12 weeks, they will work to gain a further 3 units, taking the total completed units to 8. The students are then awarded a Silver proficiency award. The last 12 weeks consists of two units, which are person-centred, working on key areas of development – personalised to each individual. Once all 10 units are complete, a Gold certificate and badge are awarded. As well as teaching young people martial arts, the programme also offers training in life skills as an optional extra.
For more information, you can download the guidance document here.