What is Children’s University?
“At Children’s University we believe in limitless learning beyond the classroom.”
Children’s University is a charity that works in partnerships with schools and learning destinations to develop a love of learning. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities inside and outside of school.
The Children’s University will ensure that all children and young people of Wrexham & Flintshire will have access to a variety of extra-curricular activities to take part in, both at home and at school; ranging from Sports, Art, Culture, Personal Development, STEM and Outdoor Learning. Our aim is to raise aspirations, reward participation and develop a love of learning!
How does it work?
Schools sign up to become a member of the Children’s University and once subscribed, their pupils become CU members and receive a Passport to Learning and login details for their CU Online dashboard.
Their Passport to Learning is used to record individual stamp codes received from each validated activity they complete.
Once earned, children and young people log into Children’s University Online, to their individual dashboard and add the codes. This helps them see how they are progressing towards the next award level; reflect on the skills they are building whilst being encouraged to try something new and exciting.
CU members can start collecting their stamp codes as soon as they turn 5, and we’ll keep awarding credits until they reach the age of 18.
One credit is awarded for each hour of learning that takes place and then these credits are converted into awards:
Bronze = 30 hours
Silver = 65 hours
Gold = 100 hours
And these continue right up to 1,000 hours!
As these credits build up, children will be invited to attend graduation ceremonies to celebrate and receive recognition for their participation and achievements.
What is a Learning Destination?
This is the name we use to refer to organisations or places that are signed up to the Children’s University, which offer high quality, extra-curricular activities for children and young people to earn credits.
They can include local clubs and societies, Scouts and Guides groups or places of interest like museums, theatres and country houses.
They are voluntary activities, which means that a child or young person has chosen to take part in them as they are usually outside of the normal school curriculum.
There are very many, less obvious sites for learning, such as local radio stations, hospitals, workplaces and council premises. In fact, a Learning Destination could be almost anywhere that children can learn and develop skills. The opportunities are endless.
The goals of the Children’s University mirror those held at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, our partners in the PSB and focus on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015) Wales.
Accessible Inclusive and Involve
We are passionate advocates for lifelong learning and believe that background and circumstance should not be a barrier to engaging with education. We are dedicated to accessibility, fairness and inclusivity.
We recruit Learning Destinations from across the area to develop a network of possibilities for children and young people. We encourage our Learning Destinations to provide a supportive environment to inspire our members to achieve their learning, volunteering and career goals.
Innovative and integrate
We recognise that our success is dependent upon the collective energy, intelligence and creativity of the wider community. We actively encourage new perspectives and engagement with communities and partners, shaping new learning opportunities together.
Ambitious for the long term
We are unashamedly ambitious for our Children’s University members, their families and our communities. We recognise that there are no limits to learning and knowledge, and we challenge people to embrace their aspirations and succeed through education.
The Children’s University also enables children and young people to develop towards the four purposes of the new Curriculum for Wales. We support our learners to become;
- Ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives.
- Enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
- Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world.
- Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
Wrexham & Flintshire Children’s University started working with the Children’s University Trust in 2021, hosting a pilot for a number of school children in Wrexham and Flintshire to participate in the scheme.
The pilot will run from November 2021 to May 2022.
Following the pilot, the team will be working hard to roll out the scheme to schools across both counties.