Would you send your Key Stage Two child to University? Teachers in Devon did.
Working as part of the Widening Participation activities, in conjunction with the Devon Collaborative Outreach Network alongside Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University, Marjon threw open its doors to primary schools to give pupils a taste of university life.
Over two hundred children from eight schools across Devon visited the University of St Mark & St John in its annual Primary Open day, taking part in sports activities and being treated as part of the university’s community for an afternoon.
Dr Roger Pitt, Student Recruitment Manager for Marjon said: “This is one of the highlights of our outreach calendar for a University that does all it can to normalise university and make it as accessible as possible to all members of the community, including younger children.
“It’s never too early to think about Higher Education, and we simply make an early introduction to what universities are, so that as students become older, it’s not something that is alien to them. It helps to debunk some of the myths.”
Devon Collaborative Outreach Network (DCON) is the result of the joined forces of Marjon, Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art which works together to encourage young people from all backgrounds to consider a university education.