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Prepared for life, not just exams

As you may be aware, the 360 programme is being evaluated with ImpactEd, an independent research organisation.  They will be running two focus groups on Thursday 8th December 4-5pm & Wednesday 14th December 4-5pm ImpactEd would like to speak to teachers who have used the programme to understand what has worked well, what could be improved, and what impact the programme is having.  Even if you haven’t yet used the programme with your students, ImpactEd would still like to hear from you. Please sign up to take part in a focus group here.  There is now a quick and easy use button on the 360 Dashboard for schools taking part in the evaluation with ImpactEd.  Find all the information you need here, as well as support and guidance. If you would like your school to be involved in the evaluation, just contact 360 and we can talk through the process.  It is simple and straightforward and shouldn’t add too much to your workload – we are aware everyone is so busy – but it will give you lots of valuable insights into your pupils’ well-being.  There is also the opportunity to assess your pupils’ anxiety levels, conscientiousness, grit and motivation.Christmas – a time when we traditionally celebrate family and those close to us – can be an incredibly difficult time for children, young people and families when someone has died. It doesn’t matter whether that person died a few weeks, months or years ago, children and young people may struggle to cope with their grief at Christmas.In this blog post, charity Winston’s Wish share tips to help grieving children and families cope this Christmas along with ideas on ways to remember someone important at this time of year. We hope teachers and others working with families find it helpful.360 Skills For Life CIC is now seeking local authority support for school rollout of Skill City VR, which helps schools and councils meet the latest Keeping Children Safe In Education requirements for curriculum delivery at low cost. Skill City is an NHS-funded virtual reality environment to teach safeguarding awareness in the classroom. It is browser-based, so requires no expensive headsets. It challenges young people to think about what they would do in several safeguarding situations, starting in realistic virtual reality scenarios including a skate park, child’s bedroom, kitchen, dark allewyay and outside the school gate. With extensive teacher notes, a guided discussion encourages risk awareness and safer decision making in a number of areas including drugs and alcohol, knife crime, internet safety, personal safety, criminal exploitation and more. A pilot has been supported by councils, NHS, police and charitable trusts in south west England and Northern Ireland, and 360 is now planning extension across the UK. In addition to extending the safeguarding module to all school age groups, funding has been secured for a bus promotion and safer travel strand. Discussions are also underway about road and fire safety for different age groups. Founder and Managing Director Rob Hattersley said: “Our aim is to make it easier for local authorities to scale up to meet needs at low cost and without additional demands on stretched teams. Safeguarding in schools is a huge issue, and feedback so far from schools has been excellent, so we know we are on the right lines.” For further information simply fill in our contact form and we will get back to you.As we ease into the festive season, parents might be planning to gift their children new devices or games, and you might like to share some of these links from Internet Matters with them. Teach the Future, a campaign composed of students from all four nations of the UK and supported by Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS), has recently announced the launch of “Curriculum for a Changing Climate: track changes review of the national curriculum for England” report. The first-of-its-kind report reviews the curriculum for key stages 3 and 4 in the English National Curriculum, covering subjects ranging from History to Art and Design. Using a ‘tracked changes’ methodology, the report suggests where and how the national curriculum can be amended to include sustainability and respond to the climate and ecological crisis. 360 Skills For Life agrees that tackling the climate crisis is the key issue to face young people in their lives and that the curriculum needs to be refocus on skills for life to cope with this and thrive. The social enterprise is seeking funding to develop new modules in Skill City VR to cover this topic, using realistic dilemmas to encourage skills including discussion and decision-making, led by young people. Click here to find out more about Teach The Future’s curriculum review.The Youth Endowment Fund has published Children, violence and vulnerability 2022  – a new report looking into young people’s experiences of violence.The YEF surveyed over 2,000 teenage children, aged 13 to 17, to find out about their experiences and perceptions of crime and violence.The findings show how violence – and the fear of violence – is shaping children’s lives in ways we previously hadn’t understood. Read the full news article from YEF here. 360 already includes some aspects of violence reduction in safeguarding modules for upper primary and lower secondary students. However, so much more can be done. Get in touch if your organisation can help.Research from Sustrans and A Place In Childhood places the spotlight on the importance of designing the built environment for and with young people. The publication details the needs of young people when walking, wheeling or cycling and showcases effective approaches to incorporating their perspectives in projects. In doing so it addresses a portion of society which has historically been neglected in urban planning and transport provision. In this report, children and young people’s ‘independent mobility’ refers to the freedom that people aged 11 – 16 have to roam public space and reach key destinations without the accompaniment of an adult. We know this has been declining across the UK for at least the last 50 years, and the consequences for young people’s quality of life are well documented. However, we still have some way to go towards building a picture of what youth-friendly infrastructure looks like, and understanding the key ingredients for bringing this about. Read the full news article from Sustrans here. 360 is keen to speak to any organisation interested in embedding engagement with young people in transport planning into the curriculum, alongside developing skills in independent travel. The dilemma, discussion and decision learning model in virtual reality Skill City would be a highly effective way to achieve this.With just three months to go – it’s that exciting time once again – ChildNet are thrilled to announce that the official Safer Internet Day 2023 education resources are now live and ready to download. This year, the theme is all about putting children and young people’s voices at the forefront of Safer Internet Day, encouraging them to help shape the future of online safety support. The education resources are there to help teachers and professionals – whether as part of a school, charity, youth group, police service, business, library or wider – to deliver engaging and interactive Safer Internet Day sessions. Tailored for each age group, the educational resources include lesson plans, assemblies, games, and other quick activities.The digital world continues to evolve at a bewildering rate – as do the risks and opportunities presented to children and young people. The 6th annual conference on Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age, which takes place online on the afternoons of Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th January 2023, will provide essential learning to all professionals who work with children and young people. From deepfakes to the metaverse; and from digital-self-harm to the Online Safety Bill, this event will demystify all the latest trends and provide you with key insights and top tips to implement in your work. Children & Young People Now has secured some of the country’s leading experts to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enable children and young people to stay safe online in 2023 and beyond.Persona Life Skills is an online student personal development platform where students age 13-19 develop life skills for wellbeing and employability, with a unique personality insights framework at its heart. At 360, we think it complements our virtual reality platform and recommend schools take a look. Join the Persona Chief Product Officer Dr Leila Khouja Walker for a 20 min Persona Life Skills online learning demo webinar, followed by Q&A, at 2.30pm GMT on 8th December 2022. Book your place here. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon student wellbeing and social-emotional skills becomes increasingly evident, schools and colleges all around the world are seeking effective personal development programmes that can be delivered by non-specialist teachers. Over 300 schools in 40 countries have now registered to use Persona Life Skills with over 100,000 students. Find out how this unique platform can develop students’ self-awareness, and boost wellbeing and employability by building 22 Life Skills across six Skillsets. A free account includes student and teacher personality insights, 22 self-directed learning modules and six teacher-facilitated modules.





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