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Herefordshire Schoolchildren Get Special Passport to Support Out-of-Hours Learning

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A Herefordshire primary school is the first in the county to join a growing number of schools getting involved in the nationwide Children’s University programme.

Key Stage One and Two children at Eardisley CE Primary School have been offered the opportunity to join the initiative, which encourages learning outside of the classroom.

Children are issued with a Learning Passport, which they can get stamped during extra-curricular activities at school or at a wide variety of Learning Destinations across the Country.

Eardisley CE Primary School is the first in Herefordshire to become part of Worcestershire Children’s University, which means it is now an internationally recognised centre of learning.

Worcestershire Children’s University, which operates from the University of Worcester, is part of the Central Children’s University Trust, which, working alongside organisations who provide out of school hours activities for those aged five to 14, encourages school children to raise their aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning in the hope they will want to go into further education.

As part of the official status, some of the children who take part in the out of hours learning sessions will have the chance to go to their own graduation at the University of Worcester later in the year.

Headteacher, Mrs Bridget Knight, said: “The ethos and aspirations of Children’s University sit absolutely with our own school ethos of high aspirations and we are very pleased to be offering validated out of hours learning for the pupils in our care.”

Annabel Collins, Worcestershire Children’s University Manager, added: “We are delighted to welcome Eardisley CE Primary School to our family of schools participating in the Children’s University. The purpose of Children’s University is to introduce higher education at an early age and spark a passion for learning, exploration and discovery. Children are rewarded and celebrated for their on-going journey of learning.”