ASPIRE360 Educational Objectives


At the heart of ASPIRE360 are a number of educational objectives; not only will the young people be encouraged to push their personal boundaries throughout they will also learn about themselves as individuals; in their relationships with others; and importantly improving their academic skills. There are five broad skill areas we use to develop this ethos:

  • Teamwork: A greater understanding of the importance of teamwork to achieve individual and group goals and a greater ability to successfully contribute to team objectives
  • Leadership: Learning to identify and utilise individual strengths and support weaknesses. Learning to identify and implement different leadership styles to achieve different goals.
  • Confidence and Self Concept: A deeper, more comprehensive understanding of who they are as individual people. A greater sense of what they are capable of accomplishing and a wider appreciation of the contribution they can make to their community.
  • Communication Skills: A greater understanding of the importance of effective communication in any situation. Different methods of communication with each other given different circumstance.
  • Educational Performance: Learning and developing a new set of skills which help to improve individual strengths in Maths, History, Geography, English, Science & IT. Developing a passion for learning and how the core subjects can assist in any discipline.

ASPIRE360 has been designed to link into and compliment the National Curriculum and every activity on board can help to deepen the understanding of the core subjects both to the participant and the class as a whole. We will work with schools to develop resources they can use in the classroom whilst the challenge is underway.

Skype video calls, emailed questions, and interactive logs are just some of the ways we will help the whole school engage, learn and benefit
Capt. Matthew Barraud

From the outset the challenge will use a number of social media platforms, along with email newsletters written by the participants to engage with a wider audience. Schools will be able to keep in contact with ‘their’ student and questions can be sent to them via email to be answered during the voyage allowing the rest of the class and school to benefit.

At each location events and visits have been planned to allow the participants to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of the sea to our country as well as discovering more about our rich history and geography. We will be broadcasting live video to Twitter and Facebook when 3G/4G phone signal allows along with picture and text updates to social media platforms throughout each day. Helen Mary R will be fitted with a tracker allowing live position updates to be displayed on an interactive chart with our own website and young people will also write daily logs to be uploaded.

How sailing assists formal learning

During ASPIRE360 each young person will be responsible for one role aboard for a 24hr period and they will have the opportunity to complete all the roles aboard. The Afterguard will assist each participant to complete their role so there is always a watchful eye for any safety concerns.

  • Bosun: Leads the sail evolutions aboard, from hoisting to reefing, and sail trimming. Increases an understanding of Physics & History
  • Navigator: Assists in plotting positions, creating courses for the vessel to follow and create passage/pilotage plans, keeps the ships log. Increases an understanding of Maths, English & Geography
  • Purser: Writes the ships log online entry, records and maintains the ships accounts and completes victualing. Records video footage & takes pictures. Increases an understanding of English, IT & Maths
  • Coxwain: Helms the vessel, ensures we maintain our course & drives the tender Increases an understanding of Maths & Physics
  • Cook: Organises the galley and ensures meals are prepared on time, works with Purser to ensure victuals are maintained. Increases an understanding Maths & PSHE

Educational visits

We have organised a number of educational visits at each port we visit and all of which have excellent teacher resources. We will share these with each school.

  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales – Linked to elements of the geography, history and science National Curriculum
  • Jeanie Johnson Tallship and Famine Museum, Dublin – Linked to elements of geography, history National Curriculum
  • Titanic Museum, Belfast – Linked to elements of history and STEM National Curriculum
  • Scapa Flow Museum, Orkney – Linked to elements of history National Curriculum
  • Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh – Linked to elements of science, social studies, health and wellbeing and technology National Curriculum
  • Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle – history topics such as Victorian Britain; Britain during World War Two; and Britain Since 193
  • National Maritime Museum, London – Linked to all National Curriculum subjects