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Debbie Bennett, manager of the Essex Children’s University, led an assembly for pupils and visitors to explain how joining this organisation can support children’s life-long learning and help to develop their resilience, self-belief and ambition. 


The Children’s University is a national organisation, which aims to provide children aged 7-14 years (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) with exciting learning activities and experiences outside of the normal school day.


Children buy a ‘Passport To Learning’, then collect 'stamps' for the time they spend taking part in different activities. This can include Cubs, Brownies, extra-curricular clubs at Highfields and many other Learning Destinations which can be found on the Essex Children’s University website.


Once children have achieved 30 hours of activities, they are invited to a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex to receive their certificates.


If your child would like to buy a Passport to Learning, they cost £5.00 and can be bought from Mrs Deane at lunchtime.


Don’t forget, anyone who already has a Passport to Learning can carry on using it and collect the hours they need for the next award.

Further details about the Essex Children’s University can be found at




In June and November , children who achieved 30 hours or more of extra curriculum learning with the Essex Children’s University attended their Graduation ceremony. The event was held at The University of Essex, where pupils received their certificates in front proud parents and families.

Congratulations to everyone who all earned an award.


Of the pupils graduating this year, nine of them achieved over 100 hours of learning outside the classroom, with seven children receiving either a diploma, degree or post graduate award for collecting over 200 hours in their passports.


Both Mrs Cook and Mrs Deane were delighted to be at the Graduation ceremony to celebrate the children’s achievements.


The message from Debbie Bennett, manager of the Children’s University, is one which we also whole-heartedly support at Highfields.

“ Our work encourages children to try new activites and unfamiliar experiences. To be passionately curious, and have fun whilst learning. To develop those skills and talents we would like to see more of in all our communites: resilience, adaptability, collaboration, self-confidence and self-belief.”

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