Cornwall Council launches Children's University
What is Children’s University?
The Children's University™ is a national project which recognises the achievements of young people who take part in high quality out of hours learning activities.
These activities can be run at a school as an after school club or may be offered by other ‘Learning Destinations’, such as a museum, library or community club. The aim of the Children's University is to raise the aspirations of our young people by introducing them to a wide range of quality learning opportunities and a love of lifelong learning. The students’ achievements are celebrated and rewarded through certificates which they receive for completing 30, 65 and 100 hours of participation in validated activities. Bronze certificates are awarded in school assemblies but Silver and Gold certificates will be presented at local ‘graduation’ ceremonies. We are currently working with local colleges and universities to plan these. In Cornwall, the age range for Children’s University is 5-14 but we plan to develop a similar programme for older students, linked in with external accreditation bodies.
What Activities can be Included?
Many of the activities already offered out of school hours can be ‘validated’ as Children's University modules, as long as learning and skill development is taking place. This can be anything from a two hour workshop to a twenty hour programme. As part of the Quality Assessment process, any club or activity to be included as a validated activity needs to be written up as a ’module’ using our module planning document. This document includes a brief description of what the activity will offer and also lists what skills the students will develop. We also encourage facilitators and tutors to incorporate opportunities for the students to develop both leadership and personal learning and thinking skills when planning their clubs or workshops.
Modules currently offered at other Children’s Universities range from Archaeological Detectives and Scriptwriting to Football Refereeing and DJing!
How to get Involved
Each participating school or organisations will need to nominate a member of staff to act as our key point of contact. This person will be responsible for collating information about the modules offered and, in the case of schools, sending in the participation data each term so that we can track the number of hours the students have accumulated (Learning Destinations do not need to do this, they just stamp the ‘passports’).
We will provide you with all the templates that you need. Learning destinations will be provided with stickers and posters whilst schools will be given bronze certificates to award in school.
If your school or organisation would like to find out more about becoming involved with the Cornwall Children’s University, please contact the CU Manager:
Tel: 01209 721446