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What we do and why

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

By the time a child turns 18, they will have spent just 9% of their waking life in a classroom. Children’s University is about making the most of the remaining 91%. 

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.

Key outcomes we want for every child

We want every child that takes part in Children’s University to feel

  • That learning can be fun, aspirational, and lifelong
  • They have enjoyed a range of new learning experiences and are motivated to keep learning in different ways
  • They have grown in confidence and self-belief
  • They have a broader range of essential skills in line with the Skills Builder Framework
  • They are empowered to make positive choices about their future
  • They can better cope with the challenges that life throws at them
  • They are celebrated for their commitment to learning by their family, school, and community.