Make your learners unstoppable with NCS!
Places on NCS this summer are now almost full, with thousands of the region's teenagers having signed up to take part.
We believe NCS is something that every year 11 and year 12 student should have the chance to do - so we work with schools across the North East to ensure young people, parents and teachers have the information they need.
What is NCS?
- 15-17 year olds experience time living away from home with outward bound and university-style residential stays.
- They step out of their comfort zones, develop new skills for work and life -- and meet incredible new people.
- Working with their NCS team, they deliver a community project that makes a real difference to the local area.
A staggering 99% of schools in the North East work with NCS.
“National Citizen Service (NCS) enriches our curriculum, contributes to Ofsted judgements, and enhances the careers education available to our students. This is why we believe every student should have the chance to take part in the scheme and benefit from all of the advantages it provides.” - Alex Rayner, Assistant Principal, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy.
Why does NCS matter?
- Guidance from the Department for Education states that social action can be classed as a form of work experience
- Ofsted guidance for inspectors mentions NCS as a programme likely to be referenced by secondary schools and whose positive impact on pupils, where evidenced, may be considered as part of the inspection report.
- NCS maps against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and equips learners with skills for work.
- UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement when applying to university.
- Nine in 10 participants feel they gained useful skills for the future.
- Over 10,254 young people have taken part since October 2015 – contributing over 307,600 volunteering hours, representing over £1.24 million invested into the regional economy.
Engage with NCS
- Guidance from the Department for Education to help schools and colleges use NCS to develop the skills and confidence of students
- If you've not yet booked your NCS launch assembly or would like more engagement in your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 259 4797.
- Encourage your learners to take part: the NCS schools pack contains promotional material to get you started.