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For the next generation

We want every child growing up in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to have the opportunity to go to university.

See how ten year old Harry became a Children’s University ambassador

For the next generation

Harry Bagshaw sets himself new challenges, grasps opportunities, is a confident public speaker and says the Children’s University has helped him develop these attributes for success, not just at school but throughout his life.

Harry, aged 10, was introduced to Nottingham Trent Children’s University through his school, Worksop Priory C of E Academy.

As part of the project, Harry has been encouraged to continue his learning outside the classroom by trying new challenges he would not ordinarily have done - one of these even led him to learn the ukulele! His commitment to the activities was recognised when Harry attended the Children’s University graduation at Nottingham Trent University.

The activities which make up the scheme link to subjects which can be studied in Further or Higher Education and have been directly linked to a positive impact on children’s engagement and attainment.

Harry plays football with his classmates

The Education Endowment Foundation report found there was a positive impact on engagement and attainment, particularly in Key Stage 2 Maths and reading results where the benefit was equivalent to about two months’ additional progress.

Through the scheme Harry’s confidence grew so much he took on the role of becoming one of the first Nottingham Trent Children’s University Pupil Ambassadors which now sees him speaking at the project’s assemblies and promoting their work.

Harry puts his hand up in class to answer a question

“Children’s University gets you out more and doing activities rather than just sitting around. It makes you happy, and challenges you. I’ve been spreading the word about Children’s University by talking to my class. Most of the activities I’ve done as part of this I wouldn’t have done without the Children’s University.”

Harry Bagshaw, Worksop Priory C of E Academy

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