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Events and resources for primary schools

Here at Essex, we know that it's great to get involved in Higher Education whatever your age. In fact, research suggests that getting a feel for universities at a young age can be really inspiring for children.

If you have an idea for a resource to support primary school children or teachers please get in touch. We welcome all ideas and suggestions. 


Super Stars 

Watch our short video to find out about our FREE, FUN, and interactive Super Stars programme which is a series of 5 lessons, prepared and ready to deliver to your students. Aimed at pupils in year 6, the lessons link to the Key Stage 2 curriculum:

  • Developing confidence and responsibility and supporting students to make the most of their abilities
  • Preparing students to play an active role as citizens
  • Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
  • Supporting students to discover the breadth of opportunities

All of the accompanying presentations, lesson plans and activity worksheets can be found below.

If you have any problems accessing the resources, please email

We also have a range of other resources, links, and events. Keep scrolling to find more!



Lesson 1 - An introduction to university and beyond

Lesson 2 - Who and what inspires us

Lesson 3 - Do you believe in superheroes?

We'd love to see your work

If you'd like your students' Super Stars work, including their Superhero designs, featured on our web page, get in touch so their fabulous work can be shared with everyone! 


Inspire your students

  • University of Essex prospectus - Take a look at our prospectus with your students to familiarise them with the world of higher education and inspire them with the variety of courses that university can offer. 

Essex Children's University

Celebrating and Rewarding Achievements in Learning

We are proud to be a Validated Learning Destination for Essex Children's University. By taking part in Children's University, we can celebrate and reward achievements in learning. Essex Children's University is one of a growing number of children's universities around the country, each working to provide children aged 7-14 (and 5-6 years olds with their families) with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of their normal school day.

Issued with a Passport to Learning, children can travel around Essex, Suffolk and the UK with their Passport to Learning, collecting stamps in recognition for their learning as they go, after all travel is what a Passport is for!

If you are interested in getting involved with Essex Children's University, please email 

Photography competition entries

Essex Children's University and Suffolk Children’s University learners have been busy completing learning challenges created by the Children’s University. We invited them to take part in the University of Essex Sustainability Photography Competition and here are their entries:  

Flora and Fauna March 2021 (.pdf)

Landscapes March 2021 (.pdf)

 It’s so important to get outside and enjoy the outdoors! We’ve really enjoyed seeing the work created by both Essex and Suffolk Children's University learners. If you’re a member of either the Essex Children’s University or Suffolk Children's University and would like your work featured here, get in touch.


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