Celebrating Success with the Cool to be Clever Club
July 2016 saw the culmination of three years of Cool to be Clever partnership activities with the University and local Primary Schools working with 26 gifted and talented children from across the South East of Sheffield. This widening participation (WP) project has linked teachers, pupils and WP practitioners at the University in order to open up the world of Higher Education to children whose families have little experience of further and higher study.
A range of events held on campus as well as at Sheffield High School has seen participants learn about medicine, engineering, debating, architecture and town planning as well as university life in general. The centrepiece of the celebration evening at the end of term was a special screening for families of a news bulletin co-produced between project pupils and the University’s Journalism department. This was premiered in true Hollywood style to the delight of parents and teachers attending the event at Firth Hall.
The project will expand next year, taking in 39 Year 5 pupils from the same partnership schools, with a rolling programme for when they move up into Year 6. A wide range of activities is being developed, with a focus on core skill development underpinning each event.
Matt Truswell, Outreach and Widening Participation Co-ordinator (Pre-16) said:
'It's fantastic to see the children complete the programme and graduate. They've been involved in so many different activities and you can really see how they've grown, developed as people and made lasting friendships. I wish them all the best and I'm sure they all have a fantastic future ahead of them.'
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