If you are aged 7-14 years and interested in getting involved in the Essex Children's University - then you've come to the right page to find out more....this page is for you.
 
It's impossible to know all the questions you will have...so, if you have a question we haven't thought of ... please, please let us know - you can email us, call us or write to us (that's a bit old fashioned we know!)
 
We'll get right back to you with the answer and post your question and our answer on the website...we can learn from each other :-)

- What is the Children's University?
- Where can I get a Passport to Learning?
- Where can I use it?
- Can I use my Passport to Learning to collect all my stamps at the same activity?
- I attend a really good out of school activity but it isn't a Children's University Learning Destination?
- What happens if I lose my Passport to Learning?
- Do I have to take any tests or exams?
- What happens if I want to leave the Children's University?
- How will you know when I've done enough hours for an Award?
 
What is the Children's University?
  • The Children's University provides all children aged 7-14 years with the opportunity to take part in exciting and creative learning activities outside of the normal school day.  The activities can be after school, before school, at weekends and during the school holidays.  It gives you the chance to receive National Children's University Awards.
  • If you can study a subject at `grown up' University, you will be able to study it at the Children's University too.

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Where can I get a Passport to Learning?
  • At your school or by contacting the Essex Children's University office.  If you do not attend one of our member Schools we will be launching an exciting new initiative called CU Families which offers a more comprehensive package for individual members.  If you let us know your contact details we'll send you more information when it becomes available.
Where can I use it?
  • If your schools offers Children's University learning you will be able to collect stamps in your Passport to Learning at clubs and activities which run before, at lunchtime or after the school day.  Not all clubs will be involved but for those clubs where you can't collect stamps - you can collect a visa ....have a look at the back pages of your Passport to Learning and you will see where visas can be collected. 
  • To find out if your school is involved and which clubs and activites are running where you can collect stamps in your Passport click here
  • As well as at your school, you can use your Passport at tourist/visitor attractions in and around Essex ... to find out where click here
  • If you're going on holiday or visiting another town for the day, you might also be able to collect stamps in your Passport to Learning by visiting Learning Destinations in other Towns, Counties and indeed Countries...the details of where you can use your Passport in the UK can be found if you visit www.childrensuniversity.co.uk

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Can I use my Passport to Learning to collect all my stamps at the same activity?
  • As well as signposting new activities, we also want to encourage children to become resilient and persevere with an activity they are good at.

    Regular participation in validated uniformed organisations, sports clubs, teams, music practice and performance can all be included in the Passport to Learning.

    But to maintain the breadth of learning, individual clubs or groups should account for, approximately, no more than 30 hours in any one school year, or ten hours per school term.

  • Encouraging children to try new activities and unfamiliar experiences , and promoting independence in learners is a key principle of Children’s University learning. Within any award there should be a mix of activities, ideally no more than a third of any award spent on a single activity.

I attend a really good out of school activity but it isn't a Children's University Learning Destination?

  Brilliant - then let us know...here's how!

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What happens if I lose my Passport to Learning?
  • All the Passports to Learning have a sticker in the back asking that if somebody finds it they return it to the Essex Children's University Office.  If it is returned, we'll make sure it finds it's way back to you.
  • If your Passport isn't returned to us, then you'll have to purchase a new one.
  • If your Passport is lost and isn't found unless you have recorded your hours on the E-Passport system you will, unfortunately, lose the hours of learning you have collected.

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Do I have to take any tests or exams?
  • There are no Children's University exams, but of course you may do examinations as part of your learning, for example in Music.

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  What happens if I want to leave the Children's University
  • Once you have your Passport to Learning, you decide how many activities you would like to take part in, collecting stamps as you go.  If you decide you would like to take a break from Children's University learning then you can.  When you are interested in doing another Children's University activity, then you can take your Passport to Learning along with you.   Remember, you choose how many activities you want to do and when.

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How will you know when I've done enough hours for an Award?

Just before each Graduation Ceremony we contact all of the schools and ask them to let us know who is eligible to receive a Children's University Award.  We can also look on the E-Passport system to see who is ready to Graduate.  Of course, you can always let us know by email or call us on the telephone, when you've reached your next Award.  We really enjoy hearing from you. 
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