The Holiday Club has arrived at EPL

The Education programme is very excited to inform you that we have just completed our first Holiday Club at Friezland Primary School, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the experience, all the children were in such good spirits and had an enormous amount of fun whilst learning with our fully qualified teachers and our fabulous qualified sport coaches;

Phillip was quoted as saying

“The two weeks were a magical time for not only the children, but also myself, we played some great games and learnt lots of new things.  I am looking forward to our May Holiday Club for more fun and excitement”


Our qualified teacher Martin said

“After speaking to a parent, her daughter who used to go to a different holiday club gave our holiday club a chance and has already booked for the May holiday club and the Summer, I have enjoyed the past two weeks a great deal”


Please have a look at a selection of photographs below.



Little Dragons completing Level 2

Well done to all our Little Dragons from Buckton Vale, Cannon Johnson and Manchester Road who have successfully completed Level 1 of their course.  Each child has shown enormous dedication and a lot of respect and here at The Education Programme we are very proud of each and everyone of our Little Dragons.  :lol:

We are looking forward to you all continuing the hard work and commencing Level 2  :-D


Corpus Christi

The Education Programme Limited had a fantastic couple of days at Corpus Christi school where are the children were given a taster of our Martial Arts Around The World Programme.

:-) This is the letter received from Headteacher Mr Hanson   :-)

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Head Teacher: Mr C Hanson

24th November 2013
Dear Richard,
What a fantastic two days at Corpus Christi!
Having working with the Senior Leadership Team to identify the need for a Martial Arts club at school, we were also conscious that the activities must be bespoke to the needs of our children.
By researching different providers of Martial Arts and having listened carefully to recommendations from neighbouring schools we decided to invite the Education Programme to work with us at Corpus Christi. We have never looked back.
The two workshops you delivered earlier this year were pitched perfectly for the needs, age and abilities of our children who clearly enjoyed the sessions. Your instructors not only engaged, motivated and stimulated the children they obviously cared about their development.
The warm up sessions were just long enough ensuring that the children understood the importance of a warm up, were physically challenged appropriately and enjoyed them throughout. The manner in which you linked this initial input to the main activity was commendable.
It was pleasing to witness our harder to reach pupils along with pupils with specific disabilities engaging with the sessions feeling that your instructors valued them greatly. Your activities were designed to suit their needs and as a result, they made huge progress in their knowledge, skills and understanding of Martial Arts.
Thank you for agreeing to deliver the weekly ‘Little Dragons’ club for our KS2 children. The take up has been unprecedented and the children are undoubtedly enjoying working their way through your fantastic grading system which links well to our PSHCE curriculum! The children know that only hard work, determination, cooperation and focus will lead to them working their way through the ranks!
Your club is now an important feature of our school and we are grateful for your assistance in the development of the curriculum and enrichment opportunities on offer to the children.
Yours sincerely,
Mr C Hanson





St. James Graduation Ceremony

On Monday 7th October 2013 the pupils at St James school completed their Level 1 course “Martial Arts Around The World”.  They all did extremely well and many of their parents were there to see what they had learnt during their 10 week course.  We are looking forward to seeing them all back to commence Level 2, and to welcome our new intake of Level 1 students



Presentation at St. Stephens

What a fantastic afternoon The Education Programme had at St. Stephens on Wednesday 24th July.  All the children did the school, family and themselves proud.  They have now completed their 10 week introduction into Martial Arts Around the World course and each child received a certificate and their Level 1 badge which they can put on their gi’s ready for next term when they will be doing their Level 2 badge.  Below are some photographs of their achievement

Out of the class there were a number of children who were recognised for their outstanding behaviour and contribution to Martial Arts and following are the photographs of their awards

We would like to extend our thanks to all the children and the staff at St. Stephens and we look forward to seeing you in September


Presentation at Poplar Street

Yet another highly successful 10 week Martial Arts Around the World Course completed by The Education Programme. The school, parents and most importantly the dedicated children at Poplar Street are all going to be attending The EPL’s Little Dragons Club in September to work their way through the belt system.

A special thank you to Ian The Head Teacher, Claire and all the team for supporting the children, who knows we might have a future world champion in the mix.

Below are a few pictures of EPL’s Little Dragons receiving their certificates of their graduation in Level 1. There are also some students who demonstrated throughout the 10 week programme qualities linked to the core principles of Martial Arts so they attained the unique citizen principle badges.

The new 10 week course starts in September so spaces are limited so children will need to apply via the school

Exciting News


Sophie Cox is an intricate part of the Martial Arts team for the Education Programme. Sophie is the current British judo champion and Olympian who represented Team GB in both the London and Athens Olympics. Take a look at our testimonials page to read what Sophie says about the head of our team, Richard.


This adds weight to the existing team of Martail Arts Instructors who have attained UK and European Medals.






‘Another highly successful day at St. Mary’s..’

Martial Arts Programme IconI write to congratulate you on another highly successful day at St Mary’s. The Martial Arts Around the World theme was perfectly aligned with our school’s international dimension and proves that the ‘Education Programme’ designs workshops bespoke to the needs of each individual school.

The initial assembly focused on demonstrating the skills the children would cover throughout the day, was effective in highlighting the core values of martial arts i.e. respect and self – discipline. Your active approach to this initial session motivated all learners to perform to the best of their ability during their respective workshop later in the day.

Your use of open ended questions, ability to see each child as truly unique and the manner in which you pitched the activities to the age of each class resulted in all children making significant progress whilst in your care.

The individual workshops were equally as impressive with the children either working collaboratively or as individuals. This fitted perfectly with our current School Development Plan where the skills of independence and collaboration are high priorities, I feel this is another strength of your workshops in that they are bespoke to the needs of each individual schools. In addition, your willingness to link the workshops in with the culture of different countries has resulted in our school being able to apply for the full International Schools Award.

The warm up activities stimulated all leaners, particularly the children who are less motivated during lessons. The series of kicks, defence blocks and other technical moves were successful in teaching the children that it is important to defend themselves when needed and that self – respect along with respect for other people are highly important life skills.

Many of our children have now joined a local martial arts club, enabling them to build on the foundations you and Easton laid on the day. As a school we are certain that the work you have done, and will continue to do in Tameside schools, is simply life changing for many children.

I look forward to the next time we work together to further develop the curricular opportunities of the children at St Mary’s.

Christopher Hanson, BEd. Hons

Deputy Headteacher, St. Mary’s RC Primary and Nursery School

What the Children Had To Say

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Children’s feedback from a recent workshop:

1. What did your group think of The Currency Game?

‘We really liked it.’

‘It was very interesting and fun. Great game.’

‘We enjoyed it and we learned a lot. Also, we like it from start to finish.’

2. What did the group like about the Around The World In 7 Currencies?

‘We thought it was really good.’

‘That it made you think but it was still fun.’

‘We liked that we learned stuff we did not know.’

3. What was your favourite game?

‘I really liked the warmup because it was exciting and fun.’

‘The anagram game was fun.’

‘At the beginning, which was a fun game where you learn a lot and it is fun.’

4. How difficult did you find today?

‘A little bit difficult because I didn’t know some of the countries, but I do know them now.’

‘Not so tricky but I learned something new.’

‘Well, at first it was easy and then it got hard.’

5. What did you learn from today?

‘Flags from the world and their currencies.’

‘Countries that I had never heard of before, and new currencies.’

‘We learned about different money and countries.’

6. Did you enjoy working as a team?

‘Yes, it was really fun.’

‘Yes, it was great fun.’

‘We enjoyed working as a team because it is good to work together.’

Overall rating out of 10 for the day:





“To express our gratitude for your recent work…”

Many thanks to St. Mary’s R.C. Primary & Nursery School for your feedback below,  following our recent KS1 and KS2 workshop. It was our pleasure and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.

I write to express our gratitude for your recent work with our KS 1 and KS2 children focusing on developing their financial capability skills.

The activity based around managing a budget and ensuring the budgets of both the shopkeepers and the consumers, particularly challenged the children’s problem solving skills. It was also impressive to watch the children developing their knowledge of other areas of our curriculum including the benefits of a healthy balanced diet. The range of learning styles your programme catered for enabled all learners to make substantial progress during the day.

The second day based around world currency was equally as beneficial. The children enjoyed the warm up focusing on developing their knowledge of currencies in non European countries. Again, the active teaching style successfully involved all learners in the process ensuring extensive progress was made for all. Again, the cross -curricular element was excellent.

We look forward to working with you again in the future to further develop the financial capability of our children.

Chris Hanson, Deputy Headteacher, St. Mary’s R.C. Primary & Nursery School

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“St. Joseph’s can’t speak highly enough…”

A lovely letter recently received from St. Joseph’s RC Primary School, following a recent workshop:

2nd November 2012

Ricky and Fiona recently visited St.Joseph’s RC Primary to deliver their Education Programme – working with KS 2. The children had a fantastic experience and learnt so much!

From a teachers perspective it is great to see the strong emphasis on Fun and Team Work, which the children at all times fully embraced and this resulted in them getting so much out of the sessions!

Ricky and Fiona instantly developed fantastic relationships with the children, giving clear instructions and being so positive and encouraging during the many exciting activities that they had planned and delivered to the children! This all resulted in them managing to get the very best out of each and every child that took part in the sessions.

The children were at all times encouraged to push themselves but also to be aware of other classmates and to always help and encourage these children which I have found has added immensely to the enjoyment that the less able children got out of the sessions!

In short the children and staff at St.Joseph’s can’t speak highly enough of their Educational Programme experience.

Stephen Hill, Deputy Headteacher, St.Joseph’s RC Primary School

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