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Spring Term 2016

Parent Guide U N I V E R S I T Y /childrensuniversityatwakefieldcollege @WakefieldCU



Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to the latest update on our Wakefield Children’s University. Since our last Parent & Carer Guide, I’m delighted that so many children have been busy collecting hours and stamps in their passports. The most recent data collection from schools showed that once again we’ll have healthy numbers at our end-of-year celebration. Speaking of which, we’re currently busy organising our fourth annual graduation ceremony, which is fast approaching and will take place on Wednesday 22nd June at Theatre Royal Wakefield. I’m sure it’ll be another fantastic occasion and I look forward to seeing you and your children there. We’ve also been working on a couple of events to introduce to the Wakefield CU calendar. We’ve teamed up with a number of museums and Learning Destinations to launch the Wakefield Cultural Trail during the Easter holidays and May-Hem which will take place at Wakefield College’s Castleford Campus on Tuesday 31st May. More info can be found in the brochure and on our webpages at: I hope you enjoy our latest parent/carer guide. James Pennington Wakefield CU Manager

We often receive queries from schools and parents relating to the Passport to Learning and where the passport can be used. Below are a few common questions that we thought would be useful to share. Who stamps the Passport to Learning? The school co-ordinator will oversee this for all school-led Learning Activities, and we encourage all children to take responsibility for handing their Passport to Learning in when asked. Activities don’t need to be added separately every week as most schools update the Passport to Learning half-termly or termly. For activities at public Learning Destinations children should normally have their Passport to Learning stamped by the learning provider. If this isn’t possible, the school co-ordinator can add the hours if provided with proof of participation. What Learning Activities count? Learning Activities must take place outside the normal school day, this includes before school, lunchtime, and after school clubs, as well as weekend and holiday activities. Only activities at Learning Destinations which have been quality assured or validated by us can be included. Schools will make sure children know which clubs are included. Public Learning Destinations can be found by visiting our website at: Who decides how much time to include for each activity? A recommended range or set number of hours is attached to each validated Learning Activity. The hours included relate to learning within an activity, and won’t necessarily include the whole session. As an example, a Youth Club meeting lasting 2 hours may only be eligible for 1 hour of Learning Activity to be recorded in the Passport to Learning, as some of the session will be given over to socialising, an equally important part of the evening but not a formal learning experience. How do I support my child to include a range of activities? Encouraging children to try new activities and unfamiliar experiences, and promoting independence in learners is a key aim of Children’s University learning. Within any award there should be a mix of activities, ideally no more than a third of any award spent on a single activity.

Parent/Carer Guide: Spring 2016

For example, a 30 hour CU Award could be made up of: • 10 hours of Swimming Club activities (practice, competitions, coaching) • 4 hours of Brownies (badgework is the main focus of learning) • 10 hours of school clubs (e.g. chess, cookery) • 6 hours of music (tuition, practice, performance) What about regular clubs and activities outside of school? • As well as signposting new activities, we also want to encourage children to become resilient and persevere with an activity they are good at. • Regular participation in validated uniformed organisations, sports clubs and teams, music practice and performance can all be included in the Passport to Learning. • To maintain the breadth of learning, individual clubs or groups should account for no more than 45 hours in any one school year, or 15 hours per school term.

We want new Learning Destinations We very much want our CU to be led by the children, so if your child is accessing a club or activity that is not currently validated, please email us at: and we’ll do everything possible to get it validated and part of the CU programme.

Wakefield CU Cultural Trail

We have teamed up with 7 Learning Destinations around Wakefield to offer activities during the Easter half term. CU members and their families can visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, National Coal Mining Museum, The Hepworth Wakefield, Theatre Royal Wakefield, all Wakefield Libraries, Wakefield Museums and Castles, and Wakefield Cathedral as part of the Trail. There’ll be a variety of activities on offer so if your child is interested in art, science and technology, drama, or history to name just a few, then we have something for you! To take part, complete the booklet which is available from schools, our website, or participating Learning Destinations and return to us to have your child’s learning hours recorded. If you visit 5 or more of the Learning Destinations, you can also claim a free Wakefield Children’s University t-shirt!

The children have spoken!

I like being a Wakefield CU member because... “I like going to different places and joining in new things, I can collect lots of stamps for that.”

Dillon McCarthy

Martin Frobisher Infant School “I know how well I’m doing and it’s nice to see all my friends’ progress too.”

Ruby Maclean

Ryhill Junior, Infant and Nursery School “I play lots of sport, football, swimming and gymnastics. I also like to do after school clubs for French and I was the first pupil to get the 100 hours gold certificate. I can’t wait until my Graduation.”

Arley Jay Marshall

Wakefield Independent School “I like to get hours in my passport by doing activities.”

Joshua Hardwick-Taylor

Wheldon Infant School and Nursery “I like getting involved in lots of activities, finding out about other things I can do, and getting lots of stamps in my passport and achieving certificates.”

Erin Brennan

Martin Frobisher Infant School


Coming this May to our Castleford Campus is a day of fun and activities for all. Come along with your passport on Tuesday 31st May between 10am and 2pm and take part in our College-led activities in construction and hair and beauty as well as sessions delivered by a number of our Learning Destinations. With something for all, it’s a perfect way to start your May half term! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for further details. /childrensuniversityatwakefieldcollege @WakefieldCU

Parent/Carer Guide: Spring 2016

Our new Learning Destinations OssettAlbion Football Club - Ossett Ossett Albion FC Chickenley Community Centre – Dewsbury 01924 324961 Footy Skills 4 Kids – Knottingley/Pontefract FS4Ks Dojo Arts Academy - Castleford Dojo Art Academy Urban Dance Theory –Glasshoughton Urban Dance Theory Official KL Falconry – Pontefract Hailey Black School of Dance – Altofts Hailey Black School Of Dance Phantoms Kickboxing – Castleford ABC Swimming Lessons – Barnsley Aqua Baths Children’s Swimming Lessons


A full list of Learning Destinations can be found online at: and a list of national Learning Destinations are listed at: If there’s a great place or activity you know of that isn’t a Learning Destination, email to tell us and we’ll try to get it added as part of the scheme.

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