Children’s University was launched in our School in September 2015. Y5& Y6 are enrolled as ‘undergraduates’ and provided with a free ‘Passport to Learning’ (further details below). We have now in 2017 rolled this out to Y3&4. 100% of our children last year on the program graduated!
See introductory video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKyzqPkY0_I
What is Children’s University?
The Children's University Learning Destinations scheme, which is offered nationally, helps children discover that learning does not only occur during school hours. It encourages children to develop new skills and interests, helps raise aspirations and empowers children and young people to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning, which is important to us as a school. Every activity offered through the Children’s University has been checked to make sure it provides the highest quality learning experience.
How do children collect activity stamps?
Children earn credits by taking part in a range of activities at Learning Destinations validated by Children’s University as providing high quality education. Learning Destinations include : https://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/
If you are going on holiday or visits further afield check the National Children’s University website for Learning Destinations across the country www.childrensuniversity.co.uk. Due to the high quality of the learning experiences offered at Mere Brow CE, children also get credits for taking part in extra-curricular clubs and educational visits and working with visitors or theatre groups.
Children are awarded one credit for each hour of accredited learning undertaken at a validated Learning Destination (rather than credits related to the number of hours the activity lasts) and each approved educational visit or visitor (e.g.Prags Burke, Junior Chef Academy).
Passports to Learning
Every child is given a special ‘Passport to Learning’ to collect activity credits each time an event or activity is attended. Children are responsible for looking after their own Passports. We check how many credits each child collects on a Termly basis so we can provide certificates.
Certificates and Graduation Events
30 credits (hours) = Bronze
65 credits (hours) = Silver
100 credits (hours) = Gold
Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates are awarded at Children’s University Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctorate levels. Awards are presented at a partner university Edge Hill- complete with gowns and mortar boards for the children to wear! Certificates are awarded based on the number of credits received, they can be gained by all children irrespective of ability.
To Graduate children need to complete 3 cycles of Bronze, Silver and Gold. They can then progress to a Masters and eventually even a Doctorate!