Kent Children's University
Badger Bushcraft is exceptionally proud to announce that we have been vetted, assessed and validated as a Kent Children's University™ Affiliated Learning Destination, combined with our existing status as an Vetted Centre for Outdoor Education in Kent Badger Bushcraft are really "bringing learning to life" for the young people in the Garden of England and Home Counties.
Phil Brown, founder and head instructor, at Badger Bushcraft had this to say about becoming a Kent Children's University™ Affiliated Learning Destination:-
"We are exceptionally excited about the National Children's University™ and the long-term benefits Badger Bushcraft courses can have when working with young people. It will be a privilege to now be able to stamp our young attendees "Passport To Learning" as part of our existing offering.
Our ongoing work with local schools, Study Support Projects, Extended Schools and Extended Services have continually demonstrated that learning outside of the classroom and normal school hours is beneficial and vitally important for the increased life chances of our young learners. Badger Bushcraft now looks forward to further rewarding participation, raising aspirations and encouraging engagement with learning by being affiliated with KCU."
What is the Children's University™?
"The Children's University™ is a national organisation that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. We celebrate achievement and reward participation through our certificates. Raising children's aspirations is important to us and we aim to develop the understanding that learning can be the satellite navigation to better places in life!"
What is the ethos of the Children's University™?
"Celebrating learning is at the heart of the Children's University™. The use of the name 'University' is intended to inspire pupils to join a community of learners and to raise their aspirations. All Children's University™ centres are required to form a partnership with a Higher Education institution as a condition of membership so that this community is evident to all involved from the outset. To maintain the special nature of the scheme and to demonstrate this clear link, graduation ceremonies are held once or twice a year to recognise pupils' achievements in gaining either their Bronze, Silver or Gold National awards. These events will be held in and led by representatives from Further or Higher Education institutions and parents will be encouraged to attend."
What are the benefits to young learners?
The key findings of the "Evaluation of the Children's University™ 2010" were:
- Being in the Children's University significantly improves school attendance.
- Achievement is significantly better at Key Stages 1 to 3 for children who participate in Children's University compared with non-attenders.
- The further children engage with Children's University, the better their attendance and achievement.
- Children's University provides an environment for self-driven, confident and collegial learning.
- Children's University provides a safe haven and models positive relationships.
- Pupils and teachers testify to life changing experiences.
- 'Opportunity costs' are high for children in disadvantaged areas who do not attend Children's University.
- Certificates, credits, Passports To Learning and graduations are valued incentives and rewards.
- University settings help to inspire and raise aspirations for children, and their parents.
- Children's University has helped to "make learning a reality beyond academic studies."
Please contact Phil at Badger Bushcraft to find out how we can help you work towards completing your "Passport To Learning".