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Learning Destinations

Our Partners in Learning

Inspiring learning

Children's University learning destinations are the places and organisations young people visit with their Passport to Learning. They provide high-quality learning activities and experiences, designed to engage, educate and inspire children aged 5-14.

There are no hard and fast rules about what a learning destination can be. From a historic building to a children’s dance class, if it involves learning for young people, we want to work with you. The admin is easy, and linking with us could help boost your attendance.

 

THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A LEARNING DESTINATION:

Increase footfall

Our accreditation gives children an extra incentive to visit your destination, helping to boost footfall

ENGAGE HARD-TO-REACH GROUPS

We can help you engage and inspire audiences that are traditionally less likely to visit

PROMOTION ACROSS OUR NETWORK

We'll promote your exciting learning opportunities to the schools and families that we work with

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Contribute to a wider scheme that promotes positive attitudes towards learning and achievement

What makes a learning destination?

 

Put simply, it’s anywhere that a child can take part in high-quality, fun, innovative and engaging learning activities and experiences outside of normal school hours.

It could be provided after hours at school at a sports session or art club. Or maybe it’s a nature trail around a local park. It could be indoors at a museum, science centre or library. Or outdoors at a local attraction, stadium or beach. In fact, a learning destination could be almost anywhere that children can learn and develop skills.

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Becoming a CU Learning Destination has been a great boost for Lamp House Music and our pupils. Pupils love getting their passports stamped each week for their music lessons and our recent Summer Music School projects were supported by CU Scotland which helped to secure funding from Creative Scotland so that we could offer these holiday clubs to pupils who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to attend due to financial reasons. CU is a truly unique widening participation project that Lamp House Music is proud to support and be a part of.

Martin Simpson

Co-owner, Lamp House Music

What's involved for learning destinations?

 

It's really simple. All you need to do going forward is to agree to sign or stamp children's Passports to Learning, if they ask you to do so. This is how children collect their credits. They're the experts, so they'll be able to guide you as to how to award a credit in their Passport.

Passport to Learning

If you don't think this will be possible (for example if your activity is family-led, if there are no staff at your site or if your activities are available online), don't worry. We can have a chat with you about the best way to ensure children can collect their credits for taking part in your activities.

Becoming a learning destination

This whole process is straightforward and completely free.

1. Tell us a bit about your organisation and the activities you offer. We use a simple form for this - you can find it at the end of our Welcome Pack or in our online form.

2. If you're using the Welcome Pack, send it back to us by email or post.

3. We'll ensure the activities match our guidelines (below). If needed, we can chat this through with you by email/phone or during a visit.

4. Once agreed, we'll add you to our online list of learning destinations and get back to you to confirm. Now our members can view your opportunities, and you can provide Passport credits if children ask you to.

5. You're all set! You can request our logo as well as posters and stickers to promote your involvement and let families know they can collect credits with you.

Sign up online

Register as a learning destination by completing our online form, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

      Sign up online

Sign up with our Welcome Pack

Our Welcome Pack for activity providers includes all the information you need to know in order to become a learning destination.

There's also a simple form that you can use to sign up.

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Guidelines for new learning destinations

To become a Children's University Scotland learning destination, activity providers should:

  • Offer activities for children aged between 5-14 years old, on a voluntary basis and outside of normal school lesson hours.
  • Host fun, interactive and collaborative activities, with clear learning outcomes that promote a range of skills.
  • Promote learning that broadens horizons and raises aspirations - we want to expose children to new ideas and new places that will open their eyes to new possibilities.
  • Offer opportunities for progression, boosting children's confidence and self-esteem.
  • Provide a safe, secure environment for learning with properly trained staff.
  • Be low cost or free, so there is no barrier for children to take part. 

MORE INFORMATION FOR LEARNING DESTINATIONS

If you want to know more about becoming a learning destination, find answers below or get in touch.

Is there a cost involved in becoming a learning destination?

No, it's completely free to become a learning destination in Scotland.

 

How do we publicise our learning destinations?

We ask all large learning destinations to display the Children’s University learning destination logo when they join. This promotes your involvement and lets our members know they can collect credits at your venue.

We can provide our learning destination logo, free of charge, as an A4 poster, an A6 window sticker and digitally.

As well as this, the learning activities at your venue will be searchable by our members on this website, our app and our members' portal. 

What are our responsibilities as a learning destination?

Once we're working together, we’ll keep in touch about how things are going and whether there's anything we can do to support you and help you engage with our members.

We'd also like you to promote your status as a learning destination, and to improve the experience for our child members by:

  • Making sure your staff are aware of Children’s University, and know what to do if a Passport Holder asks them to sign or stamp their Passport to Learning
  • Identifying and developing new activities that involve fun, interactive and imaginative learning

 

Finally, we'd also like you to keep us updated if any of the information that we hold about your destination changes.

You're always welcome to get in touch at any time to have a chat, exchange feedback, and explore areas for further development.

Do we need to collect the names of the children that visit?

No, you don’t need to keep records of the credits you’ve awarded. Children do that themselves on their online e-Passport.

 

What information can we get back?

When children log their activities online, they also state how much they enjoyed the activity — a bit like an online review. We’re happy to feed any useful, non-personal information of this sort back to you so you can monitor the impact you’re having.

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