Using the power of the sea to make a positive change
Our water-based outdoor activities are mapped to our Skills for Life Framework and the outcomes achieved and insights gathered are shared with schools to measure the impact of the experience on the young people’s personal development.
The six key soft skills we focus on are:
Measuring the impact of your residential trip
In the last two years (2016-18) we have assessed the ‘Skills For Life’ change in over 4,000 pupils. By using a consistent measure across all visiting schools we are able to provide not only comparisons for a particular class but also compare to other schools and pupils of different ages.
The process is both:
- Quantitative pupils rate their perception of their skills at the start and end of their residential.
- Qualitative pupils are asked such questions as what they are worried about, what they have learnt and which skill they believe has improved the most.
a. To assess the skills that should be prioritised during the land and water based activities.
b. To provide indicators on how much young people have progressed as a result of participating in activities.
Results of a Skills for Life programme
Below is an example showing of a Skills for Life measurement taken from 1,902 students (May – September 18). The graph below reflects the percentage improvement before and after engaging in our water-based outdoor programmes.
Investing in the lives of young people is at the centre of what we do. By using this framework, evidence shows our on-the-water activity programmes have helped close the attainment gap by at least two months.