The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a unique two to four week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society. On this government backed programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community.
Government backing means that the programme now costs just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case-by-case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) has recently been celebrated by Justine Greening for awarding ‘Champion School’ status to 345 schools across England. The status has been given to institutions that have excelled in promoting the programme and recruiting young people to take part over the last academic year.
To help schools promote the scheme, the NCS has developed a tool, supported by the DfE, which schools can use to track the uptake of the NCS programme amongst pupils within their schools.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, says “The National Citizen Service offers young people the opportunity to take part in social action, learn new skills and explore new activities. Whatever future choices young people decide to make, the NCS experience is a positive and enduring foundation.
“We recommend that schools use the NCS online tool to see how many of their pupils are already taking advantage of the opportunities NCS offers. We encourage schools to engage with NCS to ensure opportunities are open to all of their students, and congratulate the 345 secondary schools awarded ‘Champion School’ status.”
To access the online pupil participation tool and to find out more click here.