IT Support 365 partners with 360

Expanding Portland-based business IT Support 365 is the first official commercial partner supporting 360 Skills For Life CIC to take forward the SafeWise concept into a post-Covid world.

The company, which has recently grown through acquisitions in north-west England and already runs a Swindon operation in addition to Portland, supported the former SafeWise centres in Weymouth and Bournemouth. The SafeWise charity was liquidated last month due to lost income from school visits and hire since the pandemic hit in March 2020.

360 Skills For Life is a new Community Interest Company established by the former SafeWise CEO Rob Hattersley. It is taking forward the concept by replacing expensive physical centres with a blended approach of online virtual reality, in-school and outdoor provision.

Rob says: ‘Our new blended approach means we can meet schools where they are, whether that’s in school or with home learning resources. That makes our delivery pandemic-resilient and reduces costs of travel for schools. We’re already making excellent progress and plan to have a new schools programme piloted across Dorset from September.’

‘We’re delighted that IT365 have renewed their support for us as we move from SafeWise to 360 Skills For Life. Getting our systems ready for growth is crucial. James and the team at IT365 are responsive and always willing to go the extra mile for us.’

James Bull, Group Director at IT365 added: ‘We were incredibly sad to see the closure of the SafeWise charity and the Bournemouth and Weymouth centres. But 360’s new model of online, in-school and outdoors seems better suited to the new world we find ourselves in. The new digital approach highlights the importance of secure and efficient IT systems. We are delighted to be able to support such an innovative and exciting re-thinking of the SafeWise concept.’

Businesses interested in partnering with 360 Skills For Life should visit www.360skillsforlife.org to see a short proof of concept video and to find out more. Information for schools will be disseminated nearer to September.

Join our schools panel

Newly founded Community Interest Company 360 Skills For Life is asking school leaders to join its Teacher Panel to guide the development of an innovative new programme of support for schools.

As some readers will be aware, the SafeWise charity was sadly liquidated last month due to lost income from school visits and hire since the pandemic hit in March 2020.

360 Skills For Life has been established by the former SafeWise CEO Rob Hattersley to take forward the SafeWise safety education concept, replacing expensive physical centres with a blended approach of online virtual reality, in-school and outdoor provision, which can be scaled up to a regional and eventually national level. 360 is already working closely with police, NHS and the private sector to begin development of Phase 1 around safeguarding, with travel skills and safety, and the climate emergency strands to follow.

Rob, a former primary school deputy head, says: ‘Our new blended approach means we can meet schools where they are, whether that’s in school or with home learning resources. That makes our delivery pandemic-resilient and reduces costs of travel for schools. We’re already making excellent progress and plan to have a new schools programme piloted across Dorset from September.’

‘We think skills for life such as resilience, collaboration, awareness of risk, confidence and decision-making are more important than ever, as we emerge from the Covid crisis. It’s vital that schools are supported to deliver these alongside and indeed as part of core subjects, putting the welfare of the child at the heart of learning.’

Rob added: ‘It is equally vital that this programme matches real school needs and it not simply imposed on schools by well-intentioned partner agencies. To that end, we need school leaders – who could be headteachers, deputies, key stage or PSHE leads, to join our Teacher Panel. The commitment is flexible – we’d appreciate attendance at short online focus groups from time to time, but equally it would be just as useful for members to complete the odd short online survey, or be available for a quick phone call.’ If you would like to join the 360 Teacher Panel, or want to find out more before committing, please contact us.

360 proof of concept

We’re delighted to publish our virtual learning village proof of concept, with huge thanks to Volume. We hope it stimulates creative thinking about how, alongside integrated in-school and outdoor provision, it might be used to help prepare every child for life. We think #SkillsForLife such as decision-making and risk awareness are as crucial as English or Maths – do you agree?

We want to talk to organisations working in any of the potential topic areas including (but not limited to) the following. Please do get in touch for an initial chat.

  • climate and ecological emergencies
  • consequences of crime
  • decision-making and risk
  • digital wellbeing and security
  • drugs and alcohol
  • financial literacy/ personal finance
  • healthier lifestyles
  • health pathways and dealing with emergencies
  • home safety
  • independent travel skills (route planning, pedestrian, cycle, public transport)
  • mental wellbeing and personal resilience
  • peer pressure
  • rail safety
  • road safety (pedestrian, bike, in-car)
  • rural safety and behaviours
  • safeguarding, abuse and exploitation
  • violence reduction and conflict resolution
  • water safety

Big thanks also to IT Support 365 Ltd for their support in these early stages.

See a sneak preview of the virtual learning village concept

Educate, as well as engineer and enforce

A lot of chatter this morning about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. This issue is incredibly divisive. What seems to be missing in all the #engineering and #enforcement debate is the critical role of #education. Education can lower the temperature and challenge both sides to understand and respond positively to the other point of view. Children tend to ‘get it’ faster than adults – and their understanding is infectious.

Now, I know which I would choose between clean air and safe streets for children vs. the right to drive and park anywhere I like. However, we do need to understand the reasons behind the anger of those who think differently, if we are to make progress together to address the emergency situations on child health and safety (air pollution, obesity, pedestrian casualties), and climate, which we now face.

If you are interested in being part of the development of a national learning resource to include this and other #SkillsForLife topics – online (virtual reality), in-school and outdoor education, please get in touch with us 360 Skills For Life CIC.

[Photo from SUSTRANS: The government has increased spending on making it easier for people to walk and cycle in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.]

Our new logo

We’re delighted to unveil our new logo, designed by our partners at Volume. We gave them quite a long and ambitious list of concepts to try to include in a single graphic. They have surpassed expectations by including them all in a remarkably simple image: 360 awareness of surroundings, navigation and decisions, journeys, connections and relationships, integration, diversity and sustainability. At the same time, they’ve also managed to make it contemporary and dynamic. Hats off and huge thanks to the Volume team.

A logo is both a huge thing and a small thing for a new start-up. Huge, because today we live in a visual world, and this has only been heightened by the pandemic, so a logo which matches your message and can become a way to talk about that message is crucial. Small, because the logo is ‘only’ a symbol of what you are. So for 360 it’s back to building what we will be: a partnership ensuring every child prepared for life through an immersive and engaging programme of learning: online, in-school and outdoors.

Coming soon… proof of concept…