Rugby youngsters honoured in university ceremony

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PRIMARY schoolchildren were among the special guests at two ceremonies celebrating their after hours activities at the University of Warwick last night (Wednesday).

The children picked up awards in recognition of the work they have done outside of school hours as part of Warwickshire Children’s University.

This year has seen so many recipients of awards that the University of Warwick has agreed to the unprecedented step of hosting two graduations on the same day in the Ramphal Building at the University of Warwick.

A group of 28 pupils from Northlands Primary and Paddox Primary and Abbots Farm Junior schools were in attendance to receive their awards.

Warwickshire Children’s University has been offering children aged 5-14 years (Key stage 1-3) from 26 schools across the county a diverse range of modules to take part in outside school hours. These can range from sports activities to technology, language, cooking or even more diverse courses such as crazy Chemistry, techno vehicle building or ‘Ancient Rome – Background to Latin’.

Children have a Passport to Learning which can be validated at learning destinations such as schools, youth clubs, community centres, afterschool clubs as well as other local and national centres such as museums, wildlife parks or even the Houses of Commons.

Professor John Macbeath has evaluated the impact of Children’s University on how its participants perform at school and has reported his findings to government.

He concludes: “Children’s University pupils attend better by virtue of the activities which ernahnce their school

experience…(they) achieve better by virtue of renewed self confidence in their own potential … enjoy learning more because they extend their repertoire of interests and see learning in a new light.”

Warwickshire County Councillor Heather Timms, portfolio holder for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Young people are at the heart of the county council’s aspirations for the future of Warwickshire. Schools who have signed up to the Warwickshire Children’s University are giving their pupils so many added opportunities to broaden their ambitions and talents beyond the classroom.

“It has been a wonderful night to see so many young people receive deserved recognition for developing themselves out of school hours. They are a credit to their schools, the county and, most of all, themselves.”

Full details of the Children’s University Service can be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wesservices. Any school wishing to sign up to Warwickshire Children’s University should contact Carolyn Lloyd on 01926 742252.