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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. The program is designed to target young people who are alienated or socially withdrawn, however, any young person can benefit from participation in DRUMBEAT.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 Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

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.

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