During the past term five of our schools The Redeemer, St Aidan’s, Feniscowles,

St Francis and Avondale have been working with Sara Casey from Blackburn Children’s University.  They have been selected to take part in an exciting project,  working with the Children’s University, The Cabinet Office and The Education Endowment Foundation.

As part of school involvement, children in years 5 and 6 were asked to complete some short survey questionnaires before the end of the last academic year.  Children have  also be asked to complete further questionnaires whilst they are taking part and at the end of the school year.  These survey questionnaires will be sent to the University of Durham who are looking at whether taking part in these Learning Activities helps the personal development and achievement of children.

The Children’s University Programme

Children who become members of Blackburn Children’s University (CU) will record their time spent taking part in accredited CU Learning Activities.  These activities can be in the form of: –

  • School Clubs, events and activities which take place before and after school as well as lunch time.
  • Participation in organised clubs and activities outside of school, such as Scouts, Brownies, Martial Arts, Football Training etc.
  • Visit with family and friends to accredited places of interest, for example Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.  Accredited venues are located across the country, and a list of these venues can be found on the CU website.

Children’s University offers National Awards for children who have achieved a certain number of hours.  The first three certificates are for: –

  • 30 hours – Bronze Award
  • 65 hours – Silver Award
  • 100 hours – Gold Award

All children who have achieved a National Award will receive it in July either at School or at another CU Venue. Certificates go all the way up to a Gold Fellowship Award for 1,000 hours.