360 People is a new and vibrant company aimed at supporting the personal development of children and young people. This is something we are passionate about.
When interviewed by The TES about his role as the Chairperson of 360 People, Mick Waters stated that he was really up for the challenge of making a difference to youngsters’ lives.
It fits with his argument that "young people are more than a currency for the league table of school results and success is more important than examination grades”.
"I believe most schools see it bigger than that,” he says. "They really do work on what are known as soft skills and they know they will get the rebound in terms of results – it is not one or the other.
"But at the moment, many schools have not got the capacity to invest in the assessment or recording of these skills.”
Although a new company, 360 People is gathering pace and now works with local authorities, schools and colleges.
Working with young people from a range of contexts we have developed a framework which sets out the characteristics that young people have identified as those they require to be active and responsible citizens in the 21stcentury. The programme supports the setting of personal development targets – a process which encourages young people to take ownership of their personal development.
The 360 programme has been refined over time taking into account feedback from students and teachers. The framework was based on input by YSC, a global organisation with an excellent record of working with major corporations to release the potential of people. Further improvements are planned following research by the Management School at Lancaster University. In addition, the impact of 360 People on the performance of students is being evaluated by Liverpool University.