In September 2016 we registered with Doncaster Children’s University™ as a ‘Learning Destination’ and held a celebration launch assembly which was very exciting!
What is the Children’s University?
Children's University is an opportunity for children to be rewarded for spending time involved in positive activities outside normal school hours. Children's University is an exciting way for children to learn by having fun and doing things they enjoy!
Children record each hour that they do in an activity at a Children's University Learning Destination in the Children's University 'Passport to Learning'. Children are encouraged to work towards national certificates that are issued from the Children’s University. Certificates can be awarded up to 1000 hours. The first award starts with the bronze certificate at the Undergraduate level of 30 hours of learning. When children accumulate enough hours to achieve an award, they will be invited to graduate at an annual ceremony. Wearing a 'cap and gown', they will receive their certificate in front of an invited audience of parents and relatives.
What is a learning destination?
A Learning Destination is where your child attends a club. It can be in school such as any of our Extended School activities or the Active Heroes organised at lunchtime and also includes a variety of places such as The Dome for swimming and ice skating lessons. A Learning Destination is an organisation that offers learning opportunities for children outside normal school hours i.e. before and after school or at lunchtime; they can be in the form of a club, visit or event.
A list of Learning Destinations can be found on the Children's University website, the link is provided below, or you are welcome to contact the Children's University office on 01302 553791 . A Learning Destination will have the CU logo to show they are a member.
Why validate after school learning?
National Children’s University® validation provides you with the confidence that what your child is doing is of a good standard and is fun.
How does it work?
Throughout the year you will receive information regarding Extended School Activities that your child may attend, children will collect credits for each hour they spend attending school clubs. The credits are collected in a ‘Passport to Learning’ which is available to buy from school (£3.50). Children will receive a Children’s University ‘National Award’ once they have reached Bronze (30 hours), Silver (65 hours) and Gold (100 hours) Awards continue up to 1000 hours. Certificates are awarded as children move through the different levels. Each year in recognition of their hard work children are invited to a Graduation Event or special day out at Doncaster College. Please note children may only collect credits from validated learning destinations; please contact the Children’s University office for details of validated Learning Destinations.
How much do the passports cost?
Passports can be purchased at a cost of £3.50 from the school office.
How do I know my children’s credits are monitored?
Castle Hills Primary School and the other Learning Destinations agree to sign your child’s passport after each club or visit and inform Doncaster Children’s University. Once a term a member of the Children’s University team comes into school and maintains a database of hours that children have completed. They will notify the school when the next Graduation Ceremony will be held and who will be graduating.
Please note that children will be expected to keep their passports safe and they will be responsible for presenting their passports for signing in school and at other validated Learning Destinations.
Why does my child’s school want to join?
An increasing amount of evidence supports the theory that children who volunteer to learn outside the classroom develop a more positive attitude to learning and achieve greater academic success. Your child’s school wants to give your child every opportunity to succeed as we are sure you do. National validation of the Children’s University reports that
√ Being in the CU significantly improves school attendance.
√ Achievement is significantly better at Key Stages 1 to 3 for children who participate compared to non-attenders.
If you still have a query or would like more information - then telephone on 01302 553791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to find out more?
Click this link to take you to Doncaster Children’s University website:
Children need to bring their passports into school for their hours to be counted on:
The next date for counting passport hours will be a scheduled date in the Autumn term - details to follow when available