Children’s University

What is the Children’s University?

Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of these activities is proven to be positive which is why we’re committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds.

The need for Children’s University

Research shows that participation in extra-curricular activities can positively impact on attainment, increase a pupil’s positive identification with school, and build self-confidence and resilience. Research also shows that children that do not have access to these opportunities fall behind, lack confidence, and fail to develop career aspirations. The resulting attainment gap is so significant that 25% of children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds achieve below expected attainment levels.

We believe every child has the potential to benefit from our Passport to Learning scheme. Right now, we work with over 1,000 schools and over 100,000 children aged five and above.

The difference we make

Children who participate in Children’s University have the opportunity to learn in a rich range of contexts, experience new places, visit universities and attend their own graduation ceremonies. This adventure introduces children to the joy of learning, brings a sense of wonder in the world around them and develops their confidence and aspirations for the brightest futures.

The Children’s University at Milton Mount Primary School

Milton Mount joined the Children’s University in the summer of 2018 as our school believes that every child should have the opportunity to peruse and develop new talents, reach their full potential and become confident and resilient. We believe that by participating in a variety of rich activities outside of school hours can help the children really ‘lift the lid off learning’ and reach for the stars.

If you would like to read more about how the scheme works and how to join then please look at the PowerPoint below.

A Guide to Children’s University

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Children’s University Graduation

Thursday 28 March was Crawley’s first ever Children’s University Graduation. It was a wonderful event which was attended by Lesley and David  from Croydon Children’s University, school governors and the Mayor of Crawley! Many children picked up awards for earning over 30 credits. A special mention should be given to Kiran Simmons and Ayden Fong who have earned over 100 credits, Mia Cutler who has earned 130 credits and Emma Dowrick who has earned a staggering 185 credits. We are very proud of all of our members and look forward to seeing many more children at our next graduation.


Please see the leaflets below regarding the Children’s University

CU – A Guide to Your Passport to Learning