As a rule of thumb, Children's University™ learning equals 'Grown-Ups' University learning; it is learning which can be 'connected' to higher education course provision as exemplified on www.ucas.com - in other words: if you can get a degree in it the Children's University™ wants to know!
Validating Children's University™ learning is not about passing a test, it is about ensuring consistency of quality; the validation process is one of continuous self and collective improvement. It places emphasis on agreed standards and expectations; exploring ways of raising the bar for children and young people and using findings from self-evaluation to plan for continuous (self) improvement. It aims to encourage creativity in learning.
The Children's University's key principles around learning are that it is about aspiration and inspiration, for 7 to 14 year olds, voluntary and out of school hours; its focus on creating an excitement about learning, on encouraging inquisitiveness, on exploring subjects in breadth and depth, on a variety of learning styles and intelligences, and on individual and collaboration learning across the ages and abilities.
Children's University™ learning is about becoming confident and independent learners drawing on local learning opportunities within a national framework. It is also about developing the recognition that learning - any time, any place, anywhere - can be a personalised 'satellite navigation system to better places in life' and that it should be fun!
Planning for Learning is part of a process that should end with a child's celebration of achievement and self-worth and begin with the intention to provide learning as a quality experience; a prerequisite is that those involved in this process should understand and own it.
For now, the process contains the following five key elements:
- Children's University™ certificates or 'National Awards'
- The 'Passport to Learning'
- 'Learning Destinations'
- 'Planning for Learning'
- In Partnership with Quality in Study Support (QiSS) 'Planning for Excellence'
To explore the validation of your out of school hours learning provision as Children's University™ learning, please contact us:
Debbie Bird - Manager, Essex Children's University™
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by telephone: 01206 245057