This year we are proud to be working with the Children’s University programme to develop aspirations for our children through the enrichment opportunities we provide through after school clubs.

This programme allows children to build up hours for the amount of after school clubs that they attend. When they have achieved a set amount of hours they are then able to take part in a graduation ceremony that families are invited to which is usually held at a university so tat the children can experience wearing a cap and gown and are then presented with a certificate of achievement.

How does it work?

The Children’s University recognises and rewards the learning and activities that children take part in outside normal school hours and is open to all children at MBA. Participation in the Children’s University is voluntary but due to the amazing opportunities have it is suggested that all children take part.

Children receive a Passport to Learning from MBA which they can collect credits for each activity they take part in. Credits can be given for taking part in learning experiences and activities at afterschool clubs, sports clubs, museums, libraries and music groups. This learning doesn’t need to be purely academic, often it is focused towards developing the skills that may help children go to university in the future and many of the activities link with university subjects.

If children gain sufficient credits they, and their families, will be invited to attend an awards ceremony held at a local university.

Children’s University – What we do and why

Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of these activities is proven to be positive which is why we’re committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds.

The need for Children’s University

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 at the end of secondary school.

Key outcomes we want for every child

We want every child that takes part in Children’s University to feel

  • That learning can be fun, aspirational, and lifelong
  • They have enjoyed a range of new learning experiences and are motivated to keep learning in different ways
  • They have grown in confidence and self-belief
  • They have a broader range of essential skills in line with the Skills Builder Framework
  • They are empowered to make positive choices about their future
  • They can better cope with the challenges that life throws at them
  • They are celebrated for their commitment to learning by their family, school, and community.

The Children’s University Lead at Merritts Brook Primary Academy is Ms Kelly.

Your child has been enrolled on to The Children’s University and has their own sign in and password. If you do not know it or have not received it please let her know. The Sign in will be based on your child’s name and then a 4 digit number.  

Any activities your child is part of outside of school, and some included in school will count towards your child’s certification. 

Things that can be included:

Places of learning attended such as Legoland, Sea Life World, Museums and Castles.

Clubs including Football, Ballet, Dance or Cooking.

External clubs and organisations such as Brownies, Beavers, Rainbow and Brownies.

School clubs that include learning……Ms Kelly will be adding these for your child according to the register for school clubs.

Books that your child has read, this includes the summer reading quests that the library run.

Films watched.

These are just examples, please ask if you are not sure.

Evidence must be provided for each of these things. Evidence may consist of photos, badges, awards, information about authors, films and other areas of interest and learning.

Please keep checking into this page to find out more about what has been happening and the progress made. However, if you click on the link below this will take you to the Children’s University homepage which will provide you with a vast amount of information about the project.

Children’s University Programme

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