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The Holyoake DRUMBEAT program was originally designed to benefit school aged young people. The program is designed to run over ten weeks to fit into a school term.

Approximately 60% of all DRUMBEAT programs are run in schools with an equal distribution between primary and secondary. The program is suitable for young people from approximately 9 years of age up to adults. Both single gender and mixed gender groups have been run effectively.

The program is designed to target young people who are alienated or socially withdrawn, however any young person can benefit from participation in DRUMBEAT. The best groups comprise young people of a similar age but with a range of presenting issues rather than just those with difficult behaviours.
DRUMBEAT is a psycho-educational program that is based on the core principles of social and emotional learning as developed by the Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Click here for insight on how DRUMBEAT aligns with the CASEL criteria.

Click here for information on DRUMBEAT as a Bullying Prevention Initiative
Getting DRUMBEAT to your school
Schools generally train their own staff members and purchase drums in order to deliver the program.

Click here to view the training calendar

Click here to read a testimonial about DRUMBEAT from the Education Department of W.A.

DRUMBEAT as a Unit of Curriculum

Click here for information on the use of DRUMBEAT as a curriculum unit around Australia
DRUMBEAT is endorsed as a curriculum subject in personal development by the West Australian Curriculum Council and also meets the standards of the South Australian Certificate of Education Board, the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and is listed with Queensland Certificate of Education as recognised unit of study. This an extended version of the program covering 60 hours of study.

In the Australian Curriculum, students develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. The capability involves students in a range of practices including recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for and understanding of others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams and handling challenging situations constructively.

Students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of personal and social capability is a foundation for learning and for citizenship.
Now one of the 7 domains of the Australian Curriculum and to be "addressed in all learning areas and at every stage of a student's schooling," the onus falls on schools to find an effective and sustainable means to do so. DRUMBEAT is a proven tool for delivering on this requirement to those students most in need of this form of learning.
 For further information contact drumbeat@holyoake.org.au
Holyoake's DRUMBEAT Facilitator training is endorsed by the NSW Institute of Teachers as a registered professional development program.
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