Thursday, 28 January 2010

I met with Alison Shaffner and Jane Wardman this morning to talk about the pilot work for a Children's University developing here in Leeds...

The Children's University is a national organisation that provides support to 7 to 14 year olds accessing an exciting and innovative menu of learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. It celebrates the learning journey through a 'Passport to Learning' and recognises achievement and rewards participation through certificates and ceremonies. Raising children's aspirations is important to the Children's University which aims to develop the understanding that learning can help us all on our journeys to better places in life! We hope that the Children's University will build on the brilliant work already going on in Leeds in Playing for Success, Study Support, Breeze, Find Your Talent and connect with every sports venue, museum, gallery, library, attraction, business and learning place in Leeds and across the City Region.

We need to take this forward and connect some of the pieces of brilliant work we are already doing to establish more of a learner entitlement for our 7 - 14 year olds across the city. I am grateful to Alison and Jane for their hard work with the Seacroft and Manston Family of Schools who are piloting this hugely important piece of work.


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