Evaluation agreed

360 Skills For Life is now working with fellow social enterprise ImpactEd to develop an evaluation strategy and theory of change for the 360 school platform.

NHS England requested and are funding the full academic evaluation, which will measure progress towards objectives in safeguarding.

In addition to evaluating the impact of Phase 1, the process will leave 360 with an ongoing theory of change which can be used for subsequent development phases and ongoing improvement. In depth evaluation activities are planned for 60 of the 270 schools in the pilot from January 2022.

360 Managing Director Rob Hattersley commented: ‘We’re delighted to have engaged ImpactEd, who demonstrated the clearest understanding of what we and our NHS funding partners needed. Their approach is very systematic. We’re looking forward both to the results of Phase 1, and to further developing our theory of change in future.’

‘This should result in some useful data for us to review to ensure the 360 programme is as effective as possible in preparing children for life. It will also be something our current and future partners find useful in making decisions about effective interventions.’

Non-Exec Director sought

360 is looking for one or two new non-exec directors to widen the expertise of our new board. Use your experience to help our new social enterprise deliver skills for life learning to schools through an online virtual reality learning town, in-school curriculum provision and outdoor learning. For a full role description and details of the skills we are looking for, visit Reach Volunteering.

Teacher survey

We need feedback from practising Y6 and KS3 teachers, school leaders and safeguarding leads on our Phase 1 plans, which focus on safeguarding issues in these age groups using a virtual reality learning environment. Can you help us by completing a short 4 minute survey? We’d really grateful for your time – your responses will be very useful in ensuring what we create matches classroom need.

You can access the survey here.

From crisis to opportunity

It’s 6 months today since the SafeWise charity entered voluntary liquidation as a result of lost income from school visits during the pandemic, an inflexible and costly private sector lease, and lack of emergency funding for charities not providing services directly related to Covid19. We left behind not only our amazing #Bournemouth safety village with its full size street crossings, house, Co-op store, beach and railway track, but also a legacy of 22 years of fabulous educational experiences for young people, a strong community of supportive volunteers, and a fabulous staff team, all of whom lost their jobs.

A sad ending (I mean pause) but with much to be grateful for. Excitingly, the vision of our founders is being renewed and repurposed by 360 Skills For Life CIC, in what we think is a better, post pandemic format of online virtual reality, in school provision, and support for practical outdoor learning. Phase 1 funding is now secured from NHS England and the wonderful Talbot Trust, and we are starting to scope out the virtual learning village and programmes of study. We’ll be testing in schools this Autumn and launching in January 2022.

It really is true that every #crisis is also an #opportunity. And our young people need support now more than ever to release their huge potential.

Calling teachers and school leaders

We’re creating a virtual reality learning village with our partners at Volume, supported by NHS England and evaluated by ImpactEd, to support primary and secondary teachers deliver #SkillsForLife. We are now developing our first phase for full launch in January 2022, which covers #safeguarding themes to support the transition from #KeyStage2 into #KeyStage3.

We’re looking for both primary and secondary teachers/school leaders to advise and feedback on proposed content and delivery style.

We recognise the huge pressure teaching colleagues are under right now, so have planned two short online sessions. Can you join us on MS Teams on Tuesday 15th June, or Thursday 1st July, both from 4pm to 4.30pm?

If you are passionate about the need for a real life education for all our young people and would like to be involved in this innovative national project, contact us here and we can send you a Teams invite.