Future initiatives and developments include …

  • The core age group for CU participation is 7 to 14 years. In 2011 we started to pilot the expansion of CU provision to 5 and 6 year olds with their families or carers. Following encouraging feedback from a number of pilot areas we are delighted to be able to extend this provision formally to all local CUs who feel that it fits well with their local context. Please click here to read more.
  • Further development and implementation of CU Volunteering accreditation, offering a leading contribution to the Government's 'Big Society' agenda.
  • Curriculum development and innovation will be ongoing as will the development of learning partnerships with organisations including BBC, B & Q, Nationwide, the Ministry of Defence as part of the Service Children's CU and many more. Widening of our network of partnerships to enhance the quality of provision for children, particularly evidenced through the Learning Destinations. Examples of best practice will be published on www.childrensuniversity.co.uk as part of a collection of Case Stories.
  • Partnerships with Further and Higher Education to continue the development of CU Lectures and introduce CU Master Classes and Seminars whilst encouraging more local Children's University centres to appoint local Chancellors and Patrons.
  • Further development of the website www.childrensuniversity.co.uk to include: Learning Destinations, signposting of learning provision and web-links to other online learning, the publication of Case Stories of outstanding practice, 'broadcasting' CU Lectures and providing further information for local centres on leadership, management, including CU Chancellors and volunteering.
  • A Children's University Electronic Passport or E-Passport is now available internationally. The E-Passport will work alongside the Passport To Learning linking in with school management information systems and reducing the bureaucratic burden.
  • Continued support for local centres through national and regional meetings, the annual conference, enabling peer mentoring and sharing of good practice. CU training will also continue, specifically in the areas of Planning for Learning, Planning for Excellence, the E-Passport and the CU Volunteering accreditation.
  • Ongoing engagement in research and evaluation through Professor John MacBeath of the University of Cambridge, the Department for Education and the Fischer Family Trust whose combined work will continue to contribute to Children's University's profile.
  • Publication of CU Trust and local CU newsletters and examples of 'what works' in areas such as curriculum innovation, Higher and Further Education partnerships, leadership and management and children's involvement in directing their own learning.
  • Introduction of Children's University Challenge centres (CUC) which will be run through existing local CUs in partnership with Higher Education and Teacher Training Institutions to improve achievements specifically in English and Mathematics of the most able 9 to 14 year olds. The CU Trust will actively seek to procure external funding and support to deliver this aspect.
  • Continued targeting of project funding at local, contextual and relative deprivation. We also aim to at least match our achievement in recent years of generating £2.69 of inward investment in local Children's University provision for every £1 of project funding support received from the CU Trust.
  • Continued income generation through membership and a range of other sources to offset the increase in costs essential to our growth.

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