Why School of Hard Knocks Schools Royal Docks Academy
Programme Delivery in Schools
School of Hard Knocks delivers programmes aimed at pupils between the age of 13 and 16, who have been subject to exclusion in the past, are educationally disengaged or face possible permanent exclusion. The main reason for permanent exclusion is persistent disruptive behaviour, which accounts for a third of all exclusions, but we also work on causes like low confidence, poor self control, difficulties with social cohesion and problems communicating effectively.
What does the Programme look like?
SOHK for Schools is unique in both its length and depth. The full programme runs for three years, working with the same staff and children every week. Our coach-mentors are supported by behavioural specialists and build strong bonds with participants through consistent contact every week of the school year. At the end of each year of the programme, participants who meet their behaviour, attendance and attainment goals are rewarded with a trip of a lifetime. This can be training with a national rugby squad, travelling to rural Wales for a teambuilding and skills trip or learning bushcraft in the wilderness.
The programme helps children who are disengaged from school realise their potential and change the way they think and behave. This is a three-year journey in which pupils aged are introduced to the game of rugby and its values alongside group workshops and personal mentoring.
Hard outcomes from schools and pupils that have participated in the SOHK include:
- 94% of students on the programme have avoided permanent exclusion
- Behavioural referrals fell by 62% across all schools
- Attendance (50%) and punctuality (66%) improved significantly
- 100% of students sat 5 GCSEs or more with 44% achieving A*-C in Mathematics and English
- Soft outcomes based on the opinions of those students that completed a programme:
- 53% of students felt more positive about their lives
- 98% of students said they felt they changed during the programme