Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Sheffield CU Acorn Fund - from little acorns...

...great oaks grow!

We had a fantastic time at our schools seminar today! Huge thanks to Jane and Mike at Rowan School for hosting the meeting, and sharing their fantastic practice with other schools.

One of the topics of conversation was our CU Acorn Fund. The Sheffield CU Acorn Fund is awarded to groups of children and young people from any Sheffield Children’s University school to use to develop clubs and activities in school. The idea is that just like a tiny acorn grows into a huge oak tree, children and young people can use a small amount of money from the Acorn Fund to grow a wonderful club or activity in their school.

Students from Firth Park Academy receive their Acorn Fund cheque!

Back in the Autumn term, 25 groups of students from our CU schools put together successful bids to the Acorn Fund and were awarded with the funds requested to develop and deliver their own CU activities in school.

These clubs included Stop Motion Animation Club, Grow your own Cooking Club, Coding Club, Sewing Club and Cool Maths Club! Specially designed cheques are sent into schools to be presented to the children and young people who made the bid. The photo below shows Firth Park students being presented in school by their Headteacher!

This term, there will be a very special round of the Acorn Fund, which is supported by Sheffield Hallam University available exclusively to our CU schools. Details will be sent into school after the half term, and we look forward to receiving lots more applications and exciting ideas for CU clubs!

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