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What is Children’s University?

Children’s University is a programme that aims to improve the aspirations and attainment of pupils by encouraging, tracking and celebrating participation in learning activities beyond the normal school day, such as after-school clubs, projects and enrichment activities, and work with local destinations and learning providers such as libraries, sports clubs, historic centres, museums, or anywhere that offers structured learning activities for children. There are also a wide range of online activities.

Pupils use a ‘Passport to Learning’ and an online platform to record participation in these activities and these are rewarded by the collection of credits, certificates and graduations.

Why are we partaking in the EEF Children's University Programme?

Research shows that participation in extra-curricular activities can positively impact on attainment, increase a pupil’s positive identification with school, and build self-confidence and resilience. Research also shows that children that do not have access to these opportunities fall behind, lack confidence, and fail to develop career aspirations. The resulting attainment gap is so significant that 25% of children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds achieve below expected attainment levels

In 2017, the EEF published an efficacy study of Children’s University which showed a direct link between participation in Children’s University and increased achievement in reading and maths. Children in Children’s University schools made two additional months’ progress in reading and maths compared to children in the other schools (control group)

 

How does it work? 

  • We will encourage all pupils in Year 5 to take part.  Any pupil, from Year 5, who would like to access the programme at at later date will be granted access, given a Children's University Passport and registered on the online portal.  
  • Reddal Hill will be expected to complete evaluation activities as part of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) research programme, such as sharing pupil administrative data, completing evaluation proformas and pupil and staff surveys. 
  • Mrs. Whitehurst and Mr, Stokes have been named as the school-coordinators and will manage the Children’s University programme for the next 2 years.
  • As pupils complete after school or extra curricular activities, teachers will provide opportunity for pupils to log this on the Online Portal and in their passport to be awarded stamps.
  • When pupils have acquired 30 stamps, they will take part in a bronze graduation event in the summer term.  This may be in school or even at Wolverhampton University. 

For every pupil that takes part in Children's University, they will: 

For every child that takes part in Children’s University, we want the following outcomes:

  • They feel they have grown in confidence and self-belief

  • They have enjoyed new experiences, in new places and want to keep exploring

  • They believe they have a broader range of essential skills

  • They feel empowered to make positive choices about their future

  • They see learning that is fun, aspirational and lifelong

  • They feel their eyes have been opened to a multiplicity of learning activities and opportunities

  • They feel celebrated for their commitment to learning by their family, school and community. 

Click the link below to see pictures from our trip to Wolverhampton University Campus as part of the Children's University programme. 

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