What is it?
The Children's University is a national organisation offering children aged 5-14 an exciting and innovative programme of high quality learning opportunities outside school hours, with a focus on rewarding participation, raising aspirations and encouraging engagement with learning. Children's University provision is delivered outside school hours, at weekends and in the holidays.
There are currently over 90 local Children’s Universities across the UK, this includes Plymouth
Children are all given their own “Passport to Learning” in which they are encouraged to collect hours of learning towards nationally recognised awards for between 30, and 1000 hours of learning. We currently have over 5000 children who attend Children’s University events
Where can Children use their passports?
At validated ‘Learning Destinations’, these may be clubs at school or more public destinations such as Plymouth District Scouts, City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth Youth Music Service,The Ski Centre, local libraries or the Mountbatten Watersports Centre. All these Destinations have been checked for quality by a team of nationally trained validators and will display the following logo.
More and more venues across Plymouth are becoming Learning Destinations
Passports cost £2.00 and are available from school or from some Learning Destinations
Who is it for?
The Children's University is aimed at 5 to 14 year olds of all abilities.
How does it work?
Once children become members of the Children’s University they are encouraged to progress through the national certification scheme, based on their number of hours of attendance throughout their involvement with the Children’s University. Bronze, silver and gold certificates are awarded at CU Undergraduate, CU Postgraduate and CU Doctorate levels, rewarding participation in CU learning from 30 to 1000 hours. Honorary certificates are also awarded for outstanding achievement and commitment.
We are working closely with Plymouth University and every year we will work with them to provide a formal graduation ceremony for young people when they have participated in 100 or more hours of learning.
Children's University lectures on the life of insects and insect model making hosted by the University of Plymouth proved popular with children and parents alike. Arctic explorer Antony Jinman's recent Children’s University lecture was also a great success. Antony has become chancellor of Plymouth Children’s University and he attended the 2010 National Children’s University conference. To find out more about this, go to Antony’s website www.antonyjinman.com
Plymouth Children's University will continue to organise additional FREE evening lectures in partnership with leading providers. Information about these will be sent schools and will be posted on our local website
What are the benefits?
The 2010 national evaluation undertaken by Cambridge University found that
1.Being in the Children’s University significantly improves school attendance.
2. Achievement is significantly better at Key Stages 1 to 3 for children who participate in Children’s University compared with non-attenders.
3. The further children engage with Children’s University, the better their attendance and achievement.
4. Children’s University provides an environment for self-driven, confident and collegial learning.
5. Children’s University provides a safe haven and models positive relationships.
6. Pupils and teachers testify to life changing experiences.
7. ‘ Opportunity costs’ are high for children in disadvantaged areas who do not attend Children’s University.
8. Certificates, credits, Passports To Learning and graduations are valued incentives and rewards.
9. University settings help to inspire and raise aspirations for children, and their parents.
10. Children’s University has helped to “make learning a reality beyond academic studies.”
How can I find out more?
On the national website
On the local website
or by contacting
Carol Henwood 01752 307455 firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 6000 children now have passports!
Lectures so far!
Natural History of Borneo
Visit Lord Mayors Parlour
The Truth Behind Finding Nemo
Tour of West Devon Record Office
OPAL Wildlife Photo Competition
A Year in Madagascar
HMS Heritage and HMS Courageous Tour
Love Parks Week
Discover Bugs and Pond Life
Backstage Tour of Theatre Royal
Immersive Vision Theatre
Wildlife of Plymouth
Alison Sawle School of Dance
Armed Forces Day 2013
B and Q
Bickleigh Riding Stables
Celia Parker School of Dance
China Fleet Club
City of Plymouth Athletics
Dartmoor National Park Authority
Devonport Royal Swimming Association
Education through Expeditions
Emerge Community Circus
Excellence Cluster Holiday Club
Food Is Fun ( Food Festival)
Ford Park Cemetery
Geraldine Lamb School of Dance
Guild of Devonshire Ringers
Hannahs at Seale Hayne
Hartley School of Dance
Helen Hillard Ballet Classes
Hill Lane Tennis Club
Instrumental Music Services
Lord Mayors Day
Love Parks Week
Master St James Martial Arts
Minster Church of St Andrews
Mountbatten Watersports Centre
National Children’s Orchestra
National Marine Aquarium
Newton Ferrers Riding School
Open Air Laboratories
Paul Davies Swimming
Plymouth Boat Trips
Plymouth District Scouts
Plymouth Fencing Club
Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery
Plymouth and West Devon Record Office
Plymouth Sports Academy
Plymouth Ski and Snowboarding Centre
Plymouth Youth Music Service
Plymouth Youth Sailing
Plymouth Youth service
Polar Fun Days
Real Ideas Organisation
Regardez-Moi Drama Group
RNRM Swimming Club
Sky Ride Plymouth
South Hams Tae Kwando
St John’s Ambulance
St Pauls Church Youth Club
Stepping Stones to Nature
Stiltskin Creative Arts and Theatre Company
Stonehouse Play Association
Street Factory Dance
Summer reading Challenge
Theatre Royal and TR2
Village Gymnastics and Tumbling
Young Motion Plymouth