360 Skills For Life is a new project which is redeveloping for the 2020s the ideas of the former SafeWise charity in Dorset and other physical ‘safety education centres’, alongside temporary skills for life schemes around the UK such as ‘Crucial Crew’, ‘Be Safe’, and ‘Junior Citizen’.

Phase 1 of the programme is under development during 2021 and covers key safeguarding objectives for primary year 6 (7 in Scotland and NI) and secondary 7-9 (8-10 in Scotland and NI). There are limited spaces for selected schools in Dorset and the south west of England – please contact us if you are a school keen to join the pilot. NI schools are being selected by PSNI.

Even if you do not join the pilot, there are a few ways in which we would welcome the engagement of teachers and others in education right now.

Take our 4 minute teacher survey

Influence programme design and make sure the platform matches what you need in the classroom. For Phase 1 (Safeguarding) we need the views of Year 6 and Key Stage 3 teachers, school leaders and safeguarding leads. You can access the survey here – we are grateful for all submissions.

Stay in touch with developments

Join our mailing list and we can keep you and your school, academy chain or local authority up to date. Sign up to our mailing list here.

Join our schools panel

We are looking for teachers around the UK to join our schools panel. The commitment is totally flexible, but you would be willing to give some feedback by email, online survey, or through an occasional Teams meeting. This will enable us to ensure that the 360 programme meets real school need and is in a format you can easily access. Let us know if you are interested. Click here for details of forthcoming Teacher Panel events – we’d love teaching colleagues to join us.

Nominate pupils for our young people’s panel

We are also committed to pupil voice right from the start of our development. Please get in touch if you would like some of your pupils to take part in this.

Join the pilot

Our fully evaluated pilot starts in January 2022 and participating schools will be chosen in conjunction with the key Phase 1 funding partners. There is thus an initial focus on Dorset and the South West, although we are in discussions in all four nations of the UK. We plan to roll out access to more schools from September 2022, and are seeking partner support to reduce costs to schools and even make the scheme free to use. There may however be an opportunity for keen schools to join the scheme early in January 2022, but they would need to pay a nominal £300 annual fee to cover costs. This would be for access and support only and not the evaluation project (although we will still welcome feedback). If this is of interest, again please do get in touch.

What will the pilot include?

Our pilot is funded by NHS England and Talbot Trust and is on a safeguarding theme for the transition into secondary school at Key Stage 3. It will include the first phase of our virtual reality learning village with six linked environments each with a number of age appropriate dilemmas on safeguarding topics. This is designed with whiteboards in mind rather than headsets, to maximise access for schools and to encourage debate and collaboration. The virtual village will be supported by a scheme of work for primary Year 6 and secondary Years 7 to 9 (England and Wales), or Primary 7 and Secondary 8 to 10 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Schools will have access to the first version of our school dashboard to access the VR and the resources. The dashboard will eventually extend to many more topics and age groups, and include a curated database of further provision from partners alongside planning tools to make integrating skills for life as easy as possible for schools.

Seen our proof of concept yet?

Watch this 50 second video for a sneak preview of the virtual learning village courtesy of our partners at Volume.