New education scheme

Jo Simister, learner development director for Wakefield College, with Ger Graus, chief executive of the National Children's University.
Jo Simister, learner development director for Wakefield College, with Ger Graus, chief executive of the National Children's University.
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YOUNGSTERS will benefit from new out-of-school activities with a new education scheme for Wakefield.

Kids aged between five and 14 will be offered new opportunities to learn after Wakefield College teamed up with education organisation the Children’s University.

Venues including Hepworth Wakefield, the Theatre Royal and National Coal Mining Museum, along with the district’s schools, will host a range of learning programmes under the scheme.

Jo Simister, director of learner development at the college, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for children in Wakefield and it will bring together children, families and schools.

She said: “The activities have to be out of school hours and they have to be voluntary on behalf of the children. The idea is to encourage and reward participation in learning.”

Ms Simister said the Hepworth Wakefield was the first ‘learning destination’ to be validated in Wakefield.

Children will receive a ‘passport’ which will be stamped when they undertake new learning activities, building up credits to eventually graduate from the university. Existing out-of-school activities such as the Scouts could be covered by the scheme.

Youngsters will also be able to take part in out-of-school learning around the country as the passport enables them to access Children’s University activities UK-wide.