180°impacts on a young person at an instrumental time in their lives. It focuses on self confidence, life skills and a healthy lifestyle through an array of outdoor activities, challenges and interaction with other young people. We are a programme aimed at supporting students in a way that will help them to reintegrate successfully into mainstream provision. We are about growth, development and learning through forming positive relationships. Students will aspire to do their best in all aspects of life and are encouraged to understand, accept and take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning. Through an extensive range of experiences, we give each individual the opportunity to learn from the staff and external instructors to broaden their mind set, increase their skills and have a lot of fun in the process. We hope to capture and inspire student's imagination and drive for adventure.
Exemplar structure of the day:
10:00 – 10:15 (Registration, Realise session and Breakfast)
10:15 – 12:00 – CONSERVE -conservation work e.g clearing shrubs or building camp fire seating
12:00 – lunch
12:15 – 14:00 – ENERGISE - orienteering on the South Downs
14:00 – End of day
Each young person will complete four days of sessions per week as part of the programme and will spend the fifth day (Wednesday) in their mainstream school.
The curriculum is sectioned into four themes:
Conserve - working with organisations such as the National Trust, Raystede, The Scouts and Surfers Against Sewage to complete conservation projects across the country.
Nourish - nutrition education followed by meal planning and cooking outdoors
Realise - drugs and alcohol, sexual health, mental health, responsible pet ownership and animal care.
Energise - all things sporty and outdoors e.g orienteering, mountain biking,walking, football and swimming
Students will be given the opportunity to achieve awards or qualifications for example the John Muir Award, Sports Leaders Award and AQA Award in Responsible Pet ownership.
“I think the 180° programme was very helpful and hope it has helped better prepare him for his transition back into school” (C2)
“The activities helped my daughter to understand her range and what she is capable of doing and achieving” (C3)
“My son is happier. He’s participating more and being more interactive with the family” (C3)
“A very good range of activities which have helped him with his confidence and ability to control himself” (C3)
“He has changed his attitude and behaviours at home. He has also started responding well to rules and routines” (C5)
“He is easier to talk to now and more in control of his temper” (C5)
“Parents could learn a lot from watching that video. I’ve realised I need to spend more time with my son” (C6)
“I feel that his behaviour has improved and his appreciation of the outdoors has increased” (C6)
“I was sceptical at first thinking it’s rewarding bad behaviour, now I realise it’s about engagement and joining in” (C7)
“His attitude is more positive. His school says he is not as aggressive” (C7)
“Restoring his faith in adults and trust” (C8)
“Some days he would come home and he was a different person” (C8)
Mainstream School Feedback
“When we meet in school he has conversations with me. Before he attended 180° he had switched off from talking to me” (C2)
“For students who have become disengaged with school and struggle to attend school the course is brilliant” (C3)
“I think that 180° was very good for raising students’ self-esteem and giving them the opportunity to try new things. _____ really enjoyed his time there and it was good for his mum to get some positive feedback.”
“On his first day, he has come in with a better attitude and coping strategies.”
“The engagement tracker is really good and involves the school during their time back with us. Re-integration report is great, not only in sharing strategies but it also gives schools something concrete to suggest to the rest of the staff team. The graduation is an excellent way of visually sharing what children have achieved and been involved in.
“A fantastic new provision that is well thought through, well run and gives children an opportunity to test themselves, work in teams and learn new strategies to manage their behaviour. All three of our referrals had the potential be a PEX this year but are still with us and we will continue to work with them to keep them at our school.”
“I hope this course is supported so it can continue. There are very limited opportunities for these children and with funding being tight everywhere this is an amazing opportunity. A good example of partnership working across Eastbourne. THANK YOU.”