What we do
The Children's University™ (CU) aims to promote exciting learning opportunities and experiences outside normal school hours for children aged 5 to 14. At the heart of its work is the ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning, so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests.
Children’s University™ students use Passports to Learning in which they record the number of hours of completed CU validated learning activities. Children are encouraged to progress through the national certification scheme, based on the number of hours of attendance throughout their involvement with the Children’s University™.
The membership includes:
- Black paper Passport to Learning for each child participating in Children’s University*
- Use of the ePassport and the data that can provide
- National Bronze Awards posted to schools for the children who have achieved 30 hours of learning outside normal school hours
- Graduation ceremonies for all children who earn 65+ hours
- A full information pack containing all templates needed to register, promote and evaluate activities
- Coverage in electronic newsletters and websites promoting activities at a local and national level
- Invitations for school staff to attend optional network sessions, training and events
- Support to identify available activity and suitable providers
- Detailed newsletters which outline validated activities across the county where children and young people can collect credits using the Passport to Learning
- 1-1 operational support on request including E-learning module.
Benefits to schools
- Providing the opportunity for targeted support for the most vulnerable children
- Bringing coherence to an enrichment programme and allowing close tracking of uptake and impact of participation
- Providing instant reporting methods to meet all current Ofsted and internal requirements
- Supporting exciting opportunities for skills and employability as well as transition
- Impacting positively on attendance, attainment, achievement, attitudes, aspiration and adaptability.
* There is a £5 per pupil subscription cost for the Passport to Learning.