Children’s University

The Children’s University (CU) in the United Kingdom began as a Saturday school project in Birmingham in the early 1990s.  It was instigated by Professor Sir Tim Brighouse and Sir David Winkley, then Chief Education Officer and Headteacher, and supported by the King Edward Foundation.  During the next decade, a dozen or so local Children’s University centres were started across England, Wales and Scotland, offering a variety of out-of-school-hours learning experiences to children.  Participants to the Children’s University use Passports to Learning in which they record the number of hours of completed CU validated learning activities.  Children are encouraged to progress through the CU Certification Scheme, based on the number of hours of attendance throughout their involvement with the Children’s University.  Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates are awarded at CU Undergraduate, CU Postgraduate and CU Doctorate levels.  The certificates are usually presented at a graduation ceremony organised through the local Children’s University.  Activities must take place outside the normal school day and are always voluntary.  Neilcott is delighted to support the CU through our sponsorship of the Newham scheme, which is shortly to expand into Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest.  In addition the very soon we shall commence construction of a neCUw learning destination to be based in Newham, more information to follow.