8 February 2016

School children from across North Lincolnshire will soon be donning caps and gowns for their first graduation as The Children’s University comes to the region.

The venture, spearheaded by North Lindsey College, is part of a national non for profit organisation aimed at providing exciting out-of-school activities to develop new interests and acquire new skills for 5 -14 year olds. The project will run in conjunction with a number of local partners, including North Lincolnshire Council and local schools.

The launch event in February 2016 will feature the first cohort of children who have signed up for the Children’s University. Pupils from ten primary schools across the region will be taking part in a range of activities provided by The University Centre at North Lindsey College. They will then be the first children to have their learning validated by North Lincolnshire’s Children’s University.

The initiative, which launches later this month, is already having outstanding success with over 500 children engaged from 10 schools signed up across North Lincolnshire.

Scunthorpe C of E Primary School are the latest school to join the North Lincolnshire CU which enables young children across the region to develop new skills and learning experiences.

Headteacher Jennie Fullwood said:

“We are very enthusiastic and eager to be involved in this exciting new venture. It is so important that our children are given opportunities to encounter a wide range of experiences, after all how can they make decisions about their lives, their futures without first discovering what the world has to offer them or what they might be really good at!”

Anne Tyrrell, Principal at North Lindsey College, said:

“The project is an exciting programme of inspiring learning opportunities for young children across North Lincolnshire. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to get involved and engage with their child’s education as the learning takes place outside school hours at weekends, lunchtimes, after school and in the holidays.

“This initiative is gathering momentum all the time with an increasing number of schools taking part and a range of Learning Destinations across the region.”

North Lindsey College will shortly be announcing who the Chancellor of the Children’s University will be.

Children’s University works by children owning a ‘Passport to Learning’ and collecting stamps for each hour of participation from validated ‘Learning Destinations’. Local Learning Destinations currently involved include Waters Edge Visitor Centre, Normanby Hall, Study United and North Lincolnshire Museum.

Parents interested in learning more about Learning Destinations and individual memberships for North Lincolnshire’s Children’s University should contact North Lindsey College Partnership Coordinator.