The University of the First Age
The UFA network unlocks the potential of young people. We raise aspirations across schools, homes and communities by creating transformational learning experiences. We inspire and equip young people and the adults that support them to become confident individuals, successful learners and responsible leaders. UFA is a national educational charity. Since 1996 we have worked with over 750,000 young people and 6,000 adults in 50 regions, to create inspiring learning for all. UFA has also worked with groups in Jamaica and Australia.
Young people take part in UFA Super Learning Days (off-timetable days), after school clubs and week-long holiday challenges. All these experiences focus on young people understanding more about themselves as learners whilst developing a range of useful skills and competencies for life in the 21st Century. *
Young people have the opportunity to progress and train as leaders on a range of programmes including Peer Tutor training, Students of Today Leaders of Tomorrow, Peer Trainer training, Young Researchers and Evaluators and Lead Learners (who plan, run and evaluate clubs/other learning experiences for other young people). *
Young people join and develop the UFA in their area and nationally by joining YoUFA our young people’s network.
*young people can gain the equivalent of 2 GCSEs through taking part in 2 or more UFA activities. UFA also runs other programmes including adult or lead practitioner training and a Transforming Learning programme.
Bolton Has Talent | Caroline Brader
Theatre worker Caroline Brader turned from reluctant sceptic to complete convert, after experiencing the UFA first-hand.
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Bright Sparks | Riverside Children’s Centre
How a Super Learning Day helped children in a deprived area to discover new talents, and their parents become more involved.
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I’m A Believer | Josh Nicholson
Working with the UFA helped Josh turn around his life, and gave him the tools to repay the one person who’d believed in him.
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Kirklees Primary School Case Study
How the UFA has uncovered new pathways, new careers and a new lease of life for those at Kirklees Primary School.
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New Ways of Working | Vikki Barrowcliff | Teacher
As a newly-qualified teacher, the UFA’s methods made a positive and lasting impact on Vikki Barrowcliff.
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Partnership working, Reaching hard to reach… looked after children
Two independent services combine forces to deliver a unique project for looked-after children.
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Strength in numbers | Norham Community Technology College
How a cluster worked together to build the UFA ethos through training, participation and shared knowledge.
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