The Children's University
We are taking part in this fantastic initiative. Our extra curricular clubs are being accredited and the scheme will be up and running soon in our school. Learn more about it below...
For a list of Learning Destination please click on the link to visit the Children's University website.
What is the Children's University?
It's an organisation which signposts you to exciting learning activities which take place outside the normal school day - it could be before school, during lunchtime, after school, during weekends or holidays etc. The activities are all voluntary, it is up to you to choose what you do and when, and the learning always has a link to something you could go on to do at a university.
"...a satellite navigation system to better places in life…".
What happens after I have completed an activity?
Make sure you have your Children's University Passport To Learning with you and the Learning Destination will give you a stamp for the number of hours the activity counts for in your passport. The more activities you do, the more the hours add up! You may also be able to have an online version of the passport, known as the E-Passport, where you can upload pictures and comments for the activities you have done and share them with other Children's University members, as well as find other activities on offer. As the E-Passport is a very new thing, you may have to be patient and wait for this in your area - not all schools are using it yet, but it is on the way!
What sort of places can I use my passport to learn?
For starters, lots of your after school clubs and holiday activities. Some of the activity clubs in your local area may also be Learning Destinations and there are a growing number of places such as museums and activity days which are also part of Children's University learning. You can search for Learning Destinations near you by using the picture link above. If there is somewhere that you go to and you would like to recommend it as a good place to learn, you can do so by telling your school co-ordinator or your local Children's University Manager.
How will I know when I have completed enough hours for a certificate?
Your school co-ordinator will check your Passport To Learning and tell you when the next set of certificates will be handed out. For your bronze level certificate, you will need 30 hours, 65 hours for silver and 100 hours for gold. You will usually have the chance to be presented with your certificate at a special graduation ceremony organised by your local Children's University.