Croydon Children’s University is a borough wide scheme delivered by The Hive-Croydon, a registered charity. It is also part of the National Children’s University Trust (http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk). One of our aims is to formally recognise, reward and celebrate the commitment that young people (aged 5 -19) make in attending extra curricular activities. These activities can be before school, at lunch time, after school, at weekends and in school holidays. Students collect points in their Passport to Learning from the age of 5 – 14. Our post 14 students are still part of our awards scheme through our Routes a programme, with the same opportunities to collect points for their extra curricular activities, but they are able to then reflect on the skills they have learned by signing in to our on-line CV builder – preparing them for the wider world of work.
We have hundreds of young people participating in CU activities and expect membership to have increased by the end of the year. They are experiencing new and exciting opportunities by taking part in a varied menu of activities, meeting new friends, gaining self confidence and improving self esteem, all whilst working towards special achievement certificates.
The benefits to young people being part of CU are:-
All CCU activities registered under the scheme are attributed to one of 5 categories: Academic, Active, Creative, Culture, Nature and Service. CCU follows the National Children’s University Award Scheme
Each young person attending a CCU activity can buy a ‘Passport to Learning’ which will be stamped with the number of hours accredited. Students will also be able to log their activities via the E-Passport system.
Awards are the first step on the ladder to a Children’s University Degree and are celebrated as follows:
30 hours of activity in at least 2 different categories, qualifies for Bronze
65 hours of activity in at least 3 different categories, qualifies for Silver
100 hours of activity in at least 4 different categories, qualifies for Gold
All extra curricular clubs outside of school, such as performing arts, dance and drama, sports, any Uniform Groups (guides, scouts, brownies, cubs etc) can count towards the awards as long as the activity provider is accredited and is a member of CCU. Older students can become CU Volunteers, who plan and organise CU activities or work with other CU partners.
Children are invited to attend a graduation ceremony with their families which is held in partnership with Mansfield College, Oxford University when they have acquired the correct number of hours.
If you have any questions or require any further information please contact Lesley Stout, Executive Director,The Hive firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award presented by Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Wayne Trakas Lawlor
The Mayor, Councillor Patricia Hay Justice and
Chancellor Lucinda Rumsey with proud student
The Mayor, Councillor Yvette Hopley wth a successful graduate
Sylvia McNamara, Director or Education,
Children and Families , LB Croydon
First Graduation at The Barbican Centre London
with Mayor fo Croydon cllr Graham Bass and
Ger Grauss CEO Chidlren's Univerity Trust
Reg Charity No: 1149329
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