We are pleased to inform you that our school is a Learning Destination for the Children’s University. As part of this programme, children are able to work towards achieving nationally recognised awards that reward the learning they choose to undertake outside of school hours. By participating in our lunchtime and after school clubs, children are able to ‘collect’ hours of learning which can be added to their own ‘Passport to Learning’. All our after-school clubs, led by school staff, are validated and these hours can be added to their passport.
Children are also offered opportunities to attend different learning lectures and activities outside of school hours through the programme. For every event they attend, they get time stamped into their learning passports, which they save up to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates. They are presented with their qualifications at a 'graduation ceremony' held annually to celebrate their achievements. You can find out more by visiting the Devon Children's University's website or their Facebook page.
The following letters will introduce the scheme -
A copy of the welcome letter you will receive with your new passport can be found below -
A document listing all the current Learning Destinations can be found below.
Important information from Children's University:
- A rough guideline for school activities is 10 stamps per term / 30 stamps per year, per activity.
- If a child takes part in 3 different activities each week for an hour, they can claim for 3 stamps per week for each hour; however, if a child does 3 hours of the same activity per week, they can only claim for one of these classes. This way, children have more contact with Plymouth University throughout their primary schooling; it also encourages them to actively participate in more school clubs.
- Children from the age of 7 can claim stamps for all activities in their passports, but children from age 5 can claim for group or family clubs / activities.
- All clubs that children claim hours for in their passports need to be educational in some way, where the child attains knowledge or learns a skill. Public places such as fun / theme parks e.g. – Butlin’s, Legoland etc. cannot count towards their hours, unless the children take part in an educational activity while there. The same applies for school clubs before, during and after school e.g. clubs where the children play cannot be counted towards their hours unless they are making / learning something in these clubs.
- 40 hours for a week at cubs / brownies / rainbows will not count - clubs will need to count timings for each different learning activity.
- All outside of school clubs need to be validated by Children’s University. You can find out whether a club has been validated on the national CU website, if you click ‘find a learning destination’ then set a radius of area, to find learning destinations in a specific area of the country.
- For an activity outside of school, children need to get their passports stamped at the learning destination, not in school after they have attended (we need to be sure that the club is educational through validation).