Walsall Children’s University (WCU) is part of a national organisation that provides 5 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. It celebrates achievement and rewards participation through certificates. It raises the aspirations of children and aims to develop the understanding that learning can be the satellite navigation to better places in life.
WCU promotes social mobility by providing high quality out of school hours’ activities to children aged 5-14 years and 14-19 years through volunteering. At the heart of its work is the ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning so that all young people can make the most of their abilities and interests.
We aim, in particular, to reach children and young people facing socio-economic disadvantage by promoting activities in areas of deprivation. Students choose to engage in our activities. These activities look and feel different from school learning experiences.WCU awards students for their completed learning hours with graduation events held in college or university settings.
WCU supports and encourages schools to provide high quality out of school hours learning. WCU promotes advances in learning styles and techniques. WCU works in partnership with others to promote learning benefits to children and young people in Walsall and beyond. WCU validates learning experiences. These activities can be provided by anyone. Most are based in and around schools, but some validated learning also takes place in other places such as Walsall College, museums and art galleries.
WCU awards students who reach milestones in the number of hours engaged in those activities. The first award starts at 30 hours of validated learning. There are progressive steps leading to 1000 hours of learning. Full details of the Children’s University awards structure can be seen on the national website.