Learning Destinations are places and organisations to which children can ‘travel’ with their Passport To Learning. They provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor and have passed the Children’s University’s own quality assurance process (Planning for Learning). A Learning Destination can range from a museum to a farm or from an airport to a university as long as the learning activity connects with Children’s University learning.
What is a Learning Destination?
CU Learning Destinations are places and organisations which provide high quality learning opportunities and activities known as CU Learning Activities.
There are two types of CU Learning Destination and, as long as the proposed learning activity connects with study you can undertake at a University, it can be considered as either a Public Learning Destination or a Restricted Learning Destination.
Public Learning Destinations are places which provide CU Learning Activities and which are publicly accessible, places which include wildlife centres, zoos, historical interest sites, theatres and libraries.
We have an ever-increasing number of Public Learning Destinations across the UK and Internationally to which children can travel with their Passport to Learning.
Restricted Learning Destinations are places which are not publicly accessible and include school-based Learning Activities, Uniformed Organisations, and clubs which require local membership.
Finding a Learning Destination
Our learning destinations are all listed on the national CU website. Please click on the link below to browse the learning destinations within the Worcestershire area. When you are on the national site, please use the search filters (activity category, location etc) on the left side of the page to narrow down your search.
How can our organisation become a local Learning Destination?
In becoming a CU Learning Destination all organisations are asked to undertake our quality assurance process, known as CU Validation. CU Validation sits within Planning for Learning – A Framework for Validating Learning devised with the support of Professor John MacBeath of the University of Cambridge.
If you are interested in becoming a CU Learning Destination, please contact Gill.Hall@vivacity-peterborough.com and discuss with them the learning opportunities that you offer. We will support you in identifying those suitable to become a CU Learning Destination.
What activities can be validated?
We are able to ‘validate’ any activity which:
- Enables children and young people to develop skills or knowledge.
- Is undertaken voluntarily outside of lesson time.
- Relates to a subject which can be studied in Further or Higher Education.
- Raises aspirations and broadens students’ horizons These activities may be one-off workshops or trails, ongoing classes or projects such as theatre performances. Activities can be run by schools, youth and community clubs, libraries, museums, zoos, as well as a whole range of visitor attractions who offer opportunities for learning after school, at weekends or during the school holidays