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How is the learning Validated?


How is the learning validated?

In the development of a national Planning for Learning process, a unique and innovative approach to the validation of learning opportunities in out-of-school-hours settings has been devised with the support of Professor John MacBeath of the University of Cambridge.

The Planning for Learning - A National Framework for Validating Learning document sets out a rigorous process of self-evaluation and planning to ensure that the highest quality of learning is provided in all Children's University learning activities and in all activities accredited by the CU.

The approach to the Planning for Learning process is a positive one and will fit in with the ethos and focus at local Children's University level. Typically the validation process will take place between the Learning Destination designate and local CU representation as part of an exercise in collaboration to enhance the quality of children's learning.

Local Children's Universities may want to prioritise local provision to be validated to their local CU agenda and capacity and build their pool of Learning Destinations from there - the 'pebble-in-the-pond' approach. As far as their own learning provision is concerned, validation in existing local CUs can take place as and when learning activities occur; typically therefore all local CU provision should be validated within a 12 month period from becoming active.

Once the validation process has been completed and the outcomes agreed, the 'Children's University Learning Destination Summary' (from the Planning for Learning document) will be completed and published on the national Children's University website.

Children and parents can then access a national bank of public Learning Destinations to visit after school, during school holidays or weekends. By being able to exercise choice as to where to use the Passport To Learning the child will be developing in to a more independent learner.

Schools and after-school clubs may also choose to become restricted Learning Destinations purely for their predetermined CU audience.

Planning for Learning validators will have been accredited by the national Children's University following their participation in a national CU training programme. The training has been designed with the support of Professor John MacBeath and his team from the University of Cambridge.

Planning for Learning validators will be issued with a national Children's University certificate which entitles them to validate learning provision locally on behalf of the national CU and award Learning Destination status. The certificates are linked to the national membership status of the local Children's University.

A national register of Planning for Learning validators by local CU will be retained by the national Children's University for quality assurance purposes and to share resources and good practice.


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