More pupils needed for new uni programme

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Schools are being encouraged to sign up to a new ‘Children’s University’ programme this term.

Nearly 200 children from seven primary, secondary and special schools across the county became the first graduates of the pilot programme earlier this year and Nottinghamshire County Council now wants other schools to join up.

The scheme aims to reward school children aged between seven and 14 for learning outside the classroom and taking part in activities such as gardening, singing in a choir, learning to DJ, taking cookery lessons and going on a nature trail.

Pupils get a Children’s University passport, and for every activity they complete, they get a stamp. Their achievements are then rewarded with certificates, to keep them motivated, and a graduation ceremony.