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.
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.
why should your school/college hear from NCS×
NO COST TO YOUR SCHOOL
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire – email@example.com
Merseyside/Cheshire – firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
OFSTED REPORT, Harwich and Dovercourt High
"Enrichment activities are developing to improve students’ confidence. [...] 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"
OFSTED REPORT, Tring School
"Pupils are taught well about citizenship. They understand citizens’ rights and responsibilities and are prepared very well for life in modern British society. About half the pupils in Year 11 have signed up for the National Citizens Service"
OFSTED REPORT, Chelmsford College
"Learners enrolled on business and public service study programmes gain good employability skills and develop effectively their personal and social skills through volunteering in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme"
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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