Children who hold a CU passport can still continue to collect stamps for their extra-curricular activities in readiness for next year's certificates and ceremonies. Please remember to take your passport to any clubs or events you attend ready to be stamped. Hours of activity are being recorded from May 2017 - April of 2018.
What is the Children’s University?
The Children’s University™ (CU), is an international organisation that provides 7 – 14 year olds (and 5 & 6 year olds with their families) with access to exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the normal school day. These learning activities are being provided by this school as well as other organisations across the city and country, and are called Learning Destinations.
The Children's University™ aims to raise aspirations, celebrate achievement, boost achievement and foster a love of learning, so that children can make the most of their abilities and interests.
All children who join the Children’s University have an individually numbered Passport To Learning in which they can collect stamps and stickers to demonstrate the number of hours of learning they have achieved in validated Children’s University activities. The school is currently developing the school’s online CU E-Passport secure website. From this, children will also be able to record their hours, give feedback on the activities and look for new Learning Destination. The funding of the E-Passport will be met by the school.
The official national Children’s University Trust™ Awards
There are three groups: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctorate, with four levels in each. The first level is called the Award level:
30 hours = Bronze Award certificate
65 hours = Silver Award certificate
100 hours = Gold Award certificate
There are progressive steps leading all the way up to 1000 hours of learning at the top Doctorate level. We ask children to participate in at least 10 hours of ‘something new’ for each award level above Bronze/Award level.
The cost of CU Membership for each child is £5 for which they receive:
•A CU Passport To Learning
•Access to CU Learning Activities provided by CU quality assured Learning Destinations.
•Participation in a Children's University Graduation ceremony where they will receive a Children's University certificate, dressed traditionally in a graduation cap and gown, with an invitation to parents/carers to attend.
Membership is renewed each time a new Passport To Learning is required (on average this is around once every 18 months).
Through participation in fun, high quality learning experiences, we aim to grow inquisitive, confident, independent children and learners. It's about enjoyment and a sense of achievement for all. Membership of the Children's University provides each child with access to a range of quality assured learning provision.
Children are responsible for their own Passport To Learning and it is very important that they take care of them as lost records cannot always be accessed.
Programme of School Learning Activities
To find out where the activities are away from school, visit www.childrensuniversity.co.uk. Information will also be sent out in our school’s newsletters.
Please note that Children’s University can only take responsibility for the quality of the learning experience provided by the Learning Destination and cannot be held responsible for other matters.
Should you wish to find out more information about Children’s University, please do not hesitate to contact Carran Craig (Children’s University Co-ordinator) or the local Children’s University office on 0121 718 7081.