Children's University Ceremony 2021
In this unprecedented year of changes and adaptation, we have again celebrated the hard work of the children. Although we could not come together in our usual way, we wanted to celebrate the excellent dedication and resilience of our children who have continued to complete after school activities. This year, we had 67 children from KS2 taking part which is amazing amount. We had a virtual ceremony and we welcomed Reverend Bob who delivered, in a covid safe way, the certificates to the children in their class bubbles.
Thank you for all the parent that attended and made it so special. Each child was presented with a Children's University Sash to mark the occasion, certificate, pencil set and service sheet. It truly was an amazing morning. We had special video messages from a variety of famous people including Frank Cottrell Boyce, Graham Stewart from Everton, Carly Skelly, Adam Hills, Jayne McCubbin and Curtis Jobling to name a few. Each gave their congratulations to the children. A big thank you to John McBride from Children's University for all his support. Remember if you want to be a part of the ceremony next year you can start collecting the hours from Year 1 and begin to take part in the ceremony from Year 3.
Go to the office and collect a passport and ask your clubs to be affiliated to the Children's University at no cost. Well done everybody and keep having fun and collecting hours.
Here is more information about Mini Classes available to gain CU Credits
Please find attached The CU offer for 7.11.2020. An online mini masterclass in art for you to take part in. You can gain CU credits.
As a school, we have been part of Children's University for many years. This year is unlike any other year and changes have been made to accommodate this. Please see the message below from Enrich who run the Children's University.
We, as a school will continue to count the hours for children completing after school clubs as usual.
We want to reassure parents that hours accrued before the closure will still be honoured this year and we will be asking for passports in due course. Please continue to log any hours for this year.
At present with the current restrictions in place children may not have access to the usual extracurricular clubs and provision to gain Children’s University credits like in previous years. As part of the Children’s University we want to make sure that children still have an opportunity to access and benefit from a wide and varied amount of enrichment activities and experiences.
We have enhanced and developed the Children’s University programme this year to provide families with different ways to collect credits that will count towards the children’s graduation next summer. Below are a couple of ways you can gain Children’s University credits:
Enrich Education - Activities/Resources - Home Learning
The Home Learning section on the Enrich Education website has a range of Children’s University accredited activities that can be completed at home. The activities are broken down into different subject (Sport, Art, Science, Geography, Maths, English & STEM). New fun and engaging activities are being created and uploaded every week.
Throughout this school year will have the opportunity to earn over 100 credits if they undertake these activities. Children’s University hours will be credited once the session/work has been completed and evidence provided to school’s children’s university coordinator along with the activity’s individual ‘Activity Stamp Code’. The code is usually a colour followed by 4 numbers i.e. purple5017 The code can be found at the bottom of the activity session sheets.
To access these activities please visit:
In addition to the Enrich Education activities, National Children’s University Trust has an online learning activities page. There are lots of validated activities for children to engage with and gain credits for.
To access these activities please visit:
Enrich Education - Online Mini Master Classes
To provide further learning opportunities Enrich Education will be hosting a number of free, informal, fun, and engaging online Mini Master Classes that children can participate in. The Mini Master Classes will be hosted Live on our Youtube channel and will take place on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Working with teachers with specialisms in a range of different subjects from Art, Crafts, Drama, Maths, English and History. Children will have the opportunity to participate in the sessions in the comfort of their own home. All of the resources for the sessions will be posted on the Enrich Education Home Learning section on the website in the Master Classes tab.
A full timetable of events will be released on the events page on the Enrich Education website here:
The first master class will be held on Saturday 7th November at 10:30 this session will have an art focus.
Many children are still accessing enrichment activities away from the school, in their local communities. For the organisation’s activities to count towards a participants Children’s University credits they must have undertaken a short validation process.
We have taken the decision to relax the validation process and allow children to gain hours from organisations that have not yet undertaken the validation process yet. This will enable children to gain a maximum of 30 hours from any non-validated activities/organisations. For example, if a child attends a drama group and a football that are not validated, they will be eligible to receive up to 30 hours attending these organisations.
If possible, these hours should be recorded in a Children’s University passport to learning, this is the official process of logging hours for external hours. However, there are some school that are not currently utilising the passport to learning and we will work with these schools to ensure their pupils are still benefiting from attending external activities. Providing some evidence and maybe even a piece of work (report, scrapbook, medals, photographs) will be acceptable as evidence of attendance.
There are already lots of validated Learning Destinations, both locally and nationally, that children are accessing to pursue their interests and hobbies. These organisations are a great way for children to participate in enrichment activities and gain CU credits through the Children’s University Passport to Learning. To find validated activities/organisations in your area please visit the ‘Find an Activity’ section of the Children’s University website:
Enrich Education – More Able Online Sessions
Enrich Education will be offering a number More Able (formerly ‘Gifted and Talented’) online workshops in English & Maths in the spring term. The sessions will take place on a Saturday morning and last for between 1 & 2 hours.
The sessions will be of a dynamic and challenging nature, aimed at enhancing the skills that some young people have already displayed signs of possessing in Maths or English. Schools will be able to select a number of year 6 pupils to benefit from these sessions and full registration details will be provided via school closer to the time.
Enrich Education - Tailored School Offer and Credits
Enrich Education will be working with each school individually and assessing where children are engaging in enrichment activities within the school timetable. Some curriculum activities will count towards Children’s University hours, for this year. This could come in the form of enrichment lessons that can be temporarily classed as CU modules i.e. music, arts, crafts, drama, sports, computers etc. The school will use their best judgment to choose the areas of the curriculum that will count towards the child’s Children’s University credits for this year.
If you have any questions about the Children’s University programme for the coming year please contact Enrich Education.