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WHAT IS NCS?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity that helps young people build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges, meeting new friends and contributing to their community. It is open to all 16 and 17 year olds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, regardless of academic ability or achievement.

NCS is a unique part-residential experience where teenagers take part in a spectrum of adventurous activities, build confidence and independence, and develop skills such as teamwork, decision-making and leadership.

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NO COST TO YOUR SCHOOL

Government backing ensures that each participant pays no more than £50 for the programme. Bursaries are available on a case by case basis and support is provided for young people with additional needs.

THERE IS NO WORK INVOLVED FOR YOUR SCHOOL TO SUPPORT NCS

Standard NCS programmes are delivered outside term-time during the summer break and October half-term holiday by a network of quality-assured youth and community organisations so there is no disruption to your timetable. All activities are comprehensively risk-assessed and overseen by carefully selected trained instructors and team leaders/mentors who all undergo enhanced DBS checks and full safeguarding training.

BECOME A CHAMPION SCHOOL OR PARTNER COLLEGE

An increasing number of schools and colleges are taking NCS to the next level by becoming Champion Schools and Partner Colleges. They have integrated NCS into the culture of their school/college by making it an expectation that their year 11 and 12 pupils will sign up to take part.

Becoming a Champion School or Partner College is about ensuring that as many of your students as possible get the chance to benefit from the skills and experiences that NCS offers.

Our NCS recruitment team can provide you with all the support and resources that you need to become an NCS Champion School or Partner College.

To find out more, contact our recruitment team in your region:

Essex/Hertfordshire – ncseast@ingeus.co.uk
Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire – ncsmidlands@ingeus.co.uk
Merseyside/Cheshire – ncsnorthwest@ingeus.co.uk

NCS DEVELOPS PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR WORK AND LIFE

On NCS, students will experience four phases that focus on developing their independence, personal and social development, and teamwork and communication skills. They will meet local businesses, charities and social leaders to discover more about their local area and community, before learning how to plan and implement a social action project. Depending on the provider, they may explore skills like first aid, budgeting, cooking, planning and critical thinking.

NCS HELPS JOB AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS STAND OUT AND IS RECOGNISED BY UCAS

NCS gives your students a differentiator on their personal statement and also gives a positive framework to showcase their skills on applications and at interview. NCS complements other youth and volunteering programmes your school may be offering, while the focus on social mixing and regular guided reflection makes NCS a unique and rewarding experience.

NCS helps teenagers

connect to their local community

MEETING OFSTED REQUIREMENTS

Referencing engagement with NCS in your Ofsted self-evaluation form (SEF) is a good way to talk about how you’re focusing on your students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.

Harwich and Dovercourt High is one of our Champion Schools. They recently went from being rated ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and guess what? NCS was cited in their Ofsted report as good practice in the personal development, behaviour and welfare section:

THE OFSTED REPORT, Harwich and Dovercourt High

"Enrichment activities are developing to improve students’ confidence. They include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, enterprise activities, including stalls within the community market and a radio station (Harwich Waves). Thirteen students have committed to local citizenship-based projects in Summer 2016 as a result of the school’s Champion School status for the National Citizen Service"

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THE OFSTED REPORT, Tendring Technology College

"Sixth formers enjoy a wide range of opportunities to enrich and further their learning. Large numbers of pupils undertake the extended project qualification, the Young Enterprise scheme, or participate in the National Citizen Service. A good programme of trips and visits enhances learners’ understanding of the wider world and different communities."

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Downloads

Download the latest materials to help you promote NCS in your school or college. Please note, you will need a password to access these materials – contact our recruitment team for more information.

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Overview of NCS
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NCS Ethos
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NCS and Ofsted inspections
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NCS logo
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NCS powered by Ingeus logo
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Expression of interest form
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Letter to parents
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Text for schools to send to parents post-assembly
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Champion schools/colleges leaflet
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Champion schools/colleges framework
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NCS promotional slide (editable)
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Testimonials
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Useful links
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NCS promotional advert - SUMMER (landscape)
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NCS promotional advert - AUTUMN (landscape)
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Template copy for school website
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Web banner 120x600px
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Web banner 300x50px
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Web banner 468x60px
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School Takeover image - facebook
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School Takeover image - twitter
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NCS TV advert
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'Your chance to shine' video (1 min, 25 secs) - with audio
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'NCS in 60 seconds' video (for parent's evenings)
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NCS radio ad (30 secs) - SUMMER

Download the latest materials to help you promote NCS in your school or college. Please note, you will need a password to access these materials – contact our school recruitment teamfor more information.

HEAR WHAT TEENAGERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT NCS.

Ruth, Wollaton

"I genuinely think NCS was one of the best things I've ever done and I've met some genuinely nice people."

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CHLOE, Swadlincote

"We raised over £300 to buy a laptop and projector for Tagadere to raise awareness of HIV in schools"

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ARJUN, Watford

"The best thing about NCS is that I made lots of friends and I learnt a lot. It was a real game-changer for me."

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