The Children's University in Southend is part of a National Charitable Trust that provides 7 to 11 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.
The Children’s University (CU) aims to promote social mobility by providing access to high quality out-of-school hours Learning Activities to children aged 7 to 11, engaging the wider communities as Learning Destination partners in this process.
At the heart of the work is an ambition to raise aspiration, boost achievement and foster a love of learning. An important principle of the Children’s University is that participation is voluntary and it is intentionally something other than school – with a different feel, different activities and often taking part in a different location.
A Passport To Learning has been created, in which 7 to 11 year old children collect 'stamps' and hours of accredited learning. This contributes to the award of the certificate, encouraging them to access Children's University provision and a wide range of other worthwhile out-of-school-hours learning opportunities.