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Children's University Scotland
fun learning outside school lesson time

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Children's University Scotland
celebrating wider learning

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Children's University Scotland
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Children's University Scotland
Sparking a life-long love of learning

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What We Do

Children's University (CU) Scotland helps children to celebrate learning they take part in beyond the classroom and outside of school lesson time. CU Scotland promotes opportunities for fun, voluntary learning that happens at home, at school break times or in the community. We help children recognise and celebrate their achievements in wider learning.

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How It Works

Children aged 5-14 sign up to Children's University Scotland through their school.

 

When they sign up, children receive two tools to help them record their learning - a Passport to Learning, and an Aspire account. The Passport to Learning looks just like a normal passport. By adding a stamp or a sticker, children record the activities they take part in outside normal school hours. Children then log their credit on our fun online members portal - Aspire.

 

CU members could collect credits for taking part in a reading challenge, playing in a school sports team, learning to play an instrument or visiting an art gallery, castle, science centre or nature reserve. The opportunities are almost endless.

 

We reward learning through awards and certificates, which we present at Children’s University graduation events across Scotland. CU graduation events can happen in school, in a community venue or at a local college or university. Children wear a cap and gown, and celebrate their wider learning with their teachers, families and friends - just like a 'grown-up' graduation.

The CU Learner's Journey

Get your Passport To Learning

Your Passport To Learning helps you record learning at thousands of learning providers across the Scotland. It is used to record the learning activities you take part in outside normal lesson hours.

Get involved in exciting activities

Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom, it can happen anywhere. You can collect credits at libraries, youth groups, sports centres, nature reserves, at home...the list is endless.

Celebrate at a CU graduation

Held at schools, colleges and universities, our graduations are inspirational events for parents, friends and teachers as well as children. They help children recognise what they've achieved with CU.

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My favourite activity is with Brian the Park Ranger because he teaches me a lot like tree names. One tree name is an ash and another is a rowan, but my favourite tree is an oak! My proudest moment was wearing my own blue gown and hat and being welcomed in to Queen Margaret University for the first time. I liked flinging my hat in the air when we went outside. I was beaming from ear to ear and could not wait to go for two days!

Hope

Age 7

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News and Updates

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Read our blog on rights-based wider learning

We recently wrote a blog piece for Together Scotland, where we discussed some of the barriers educators may face to supporting their pupils' wider learning.

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Our digital innovation: Aspire

Celebrating the success of our new digital platform for school, families, and children.

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Random Acts of Kindness

Children's University Member raises money for local food bank as part of the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge.

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Whether you're a parent, child, school, local authority, university or college, you can find out what the next steps are to getting involved here

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