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Supporting our children to learn and thrive

We believe children learn better when they are engaged and excited by activities that challenge and inspire them. Different sparks make learning vivid and real for different children - when there is joy in what they are doing, children develop a love of learning. At CU Scotland, we want to encourage children to take part in these life-enhancing learning opportunities in a way works best for them, by engaging their passions and interests.

Many of us can remember a learning experience where we learned something new or developed a skill or passion, that helped us feel more confident and helped us develop a passion or interest that we enjoyed. For a child, it could be a spark of inspiration that ignites a long-term passion, some positive feedback that boosts a child's self-esteem, or a chance to try something new and exciting for the very first time. These moments, however small they may seem, play a huge role in shaping a child's confidence and self-awareness - and these vital moments don't just happen inside the classroom.

The learning that takes place away from school plays a huge role in every child’s development. That’s why Children's University Scotland is all about encouraging, capturing and celebrating learning that happens beyond the curriculum and outside normal lesson time.

How does Children's University Scotland work?

We help children and their families to recognise and celebrate learning that takes place outside the classroom.

We give children aged 5-14 access to our members-only online portal, Aspire. They use this to collect credits for taking part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These could happen in school (but before or after normal lessons), at home, or outside school at evenings, weekends and during holidays. Children decide what activities they would like to collect credits for based on what they enjoy doing – and often they don’t need to do anything new. There is no pressure to collect credits, and there are no exams.

When children collect enough credits they can get certificates and awards, presented at a Children's University celebration event at school, at a community organisation, or in some areas a local college or university.

Children's University connects the dots between school, family and community learning.

Find out more about how it works

Can my child join?

Children can only become members through their school, and the school must be signed up to Children’s University Scotland first. We work in a number of areas across Scotland. If you want to find out how your school can get involved, please contact us to find out.

If you know we are working in your area, but your child's school is not yet involved, you could approach the school to explore the possibility of them becoming involved.

In the mean time, if you have any questions about CU Scotland, or just want to hear some more information - please get in touch with our team. We'll be happy to tell you more!


Get in touch here.

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Children’s University has opened up so many wonderful opportunities for children and families to experience a rich and diverse selection of activities together - inside and outside school.

Sarah Wong

Deputy Head Teacher

How can I support my child's learning?

If your child has already signed up to Children's University Scotland, head to our CU members area to find out about supporting your child on their learning journey.

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Engaging with the Children’s University has been great for my child. He has tried out lots of new activities, and really enjoys collecting and adding the points on his Passport and online on the e-Passport. It is great that he gets points for the things he does regularly like football training and badminton. It has been great for his self-esteem and confidence. He is very proud of the points he has collected so far and is really looking forward to collecting more, and we are all looking forward to his graduation and to coming to the University.


CU parent

Help spread the word

If you'd like your child's school to work with us, help by telling the school staff about us

Suggest new activities

If your child is already involved, you can help by suggesting new activities

Keep engaging your child

We rely on the support of parents to help children to collect their credits outside school

Keep in touch

We love to hear your stories about your child's learning journey beyond the classroom

Find out how your child can get involved

We work with schools across Scotland to deliver Children's University Scotland. Get in touch to find out how your school can sign up.