University Challenge primary school project
is considerable evidence that attitudes toward learning are formed
early. The Government have recognised this fact and are encouraging
universities to work with under-represented groups in primary
schools in order to change attitudes and sow the seeds of raised
The University of Essex Outreach team runs
'University Challenge', a primary school project which involves
working with 16 local primary schools. The project has three phases;
University students and staff visiting the school, a day at the
University campus, and a graduation ceremony.
Phase one – a member of the Outreach team will
visit the students in their school, along with some current students
and run a session on higher education, and what it is all about.
Phase two – six schools at a time will bring their
students to the university campus and take part in subject taster
sessions and a campus treasure hunt. All the activities are tailored
to the ages of the students, and current students will accompany
your students throughout the whole day.
Phase three – graduation. All the students are
invited back to the University of Essex campus where they will have
a graduation ceremony which their parents/carers can also attend.
Throughout the whole programme student will be contributing to their
very own university diary. This will be presented to them at their
graduation ceremony along with a certificate.
Outreach team for more information.