How we do it

Children’s University is a scheme that predominantly operates through schools. We run across the country through a network of centres that manage their activities locally, meaning that the way things works can differ slightly from region to region. Having a flexible model that changes across the network means that centres can adapt to suit the needs of the education context they work in.

Typically, a local Children’s University partners with a number of schools and children are issued a Passport to Learning in which they record participation in quality-assured activities they take part in beyond the classroom. Once significant hours are accumulated, their achievements are celebrated at a university-style graduation ceremony, often in local universities or civic buildings. In some areas of the country, the local Children’s University might have the capacity to accommodate individual members who are home educated or if their school is not signed up, but this is not always possible. Find and get in touch with your local Children's University to find out what options are available in your area.

How we are structured

Children’s University is coordinated in different locations by an array of organisations, including colleges and universities, Local Authorities, Education Business Partnerships, other charities and groups of schools. As well as benefiting learners, the Children’s University model holds benefits for different organisations and helps complement and fulfil objectives around widening participation and access, community and parental engagement and raising attendance and attainment. At the heart of the network is a charity, CU Trust, supporting delivery nationwide.