What is National Citizen Service?
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship government initiative that has the support of schools, colleges and local businesses around the country. It offers a unique opportunity for students aged 16 & 17 to come together with others that life would ordinarily have them pass by. Over several weeks it provides them with an amazing springboard for the future by developing new skills, confidence and a broader set of horizons. Participants do different and exciting activities, meet new people, learn lessons that can’t be learned in a classroom and put their energy and enthusiasm into projects that matter to them.
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What does National Citizen Service involve?
Participants will come together, once in their lives to learn, develop and act as one in their communities. They will have amazing experiences and reveal the potential they have to make their mark in the world. On a residential team-building activity week during the summer holidays, participants will do a mixture of activities, such as rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, white-water rafting, snowboarding, zip-lining and trekking. The young people will then return to their communities, working with local businesses and other organisations to learn new skills such as music, drama or sport and discover more about their local areas.
They will then create and deliver their own community projects around issues they really care about in their local areas, such as homelessness or the local environment. The completion of NCS is marked with a national celebration of young people’s achievements through it and all participants will receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Who can take part?
National Citizen Service is offered to all 16 and 17 year old students and those aged 16 on 31 August 2012 if not in education, right across England – whether they are rich or poor, academic, sporty or creative. Every young person that wants to do NCS can do so regardless of income or educational advantage. Students from all schools and colleges can take part, whether they are state-funded secondaries, special schools, independent or pupil referral units – as well as young people not in education.
What do pupils get out of it?
The transformation we see in young people through the NCS programmes is incredible. It provides young people with the tools, skills and belief to unlock their potential and make a positive impact in their communities, whatever their background and whatever their ambition.
Participants develop confidence and learn skills and that cannot be learnt in the classroom – leadership, teamwork, independence and community action. NCS also offers a unique opportunity for your students aged 16 to 17 to come together with others that life would ordinarily have them pass by. Participants can also fast forward their future – having National Citizen Service on their CVs or university application forms can provide a real boost to their future opportunities. Independent evaluation has shown that 95% of participants feel the programme helped them develop useful skills for the future.
What does my school / college get out of it?
Independent evaluation of National Citizen Service has shown that it improves classroom behaviour and raises the aspirations of young people. It allows you to fulfil your school’s responsibility to take part in extra-curricular and community activities and provides a practical focus for learning in subjects such as Citizenship. By taking part in NCS you can raise your profile and join other schools and colleges in your area who have already taken part. 91% of Heads and teachers who responded to a recent NCS provider survey said they felt their students had received significant benefits by taking part.
Home residential Phase 3 (week 2)
You will spend the week Mon-Fri at Norman Court, a very attractive manor house in West Tytherley, Test Valley, Hampshire.
During the week you will undergo a number of workshops including, sports, media, art, carpentry and cookery.
If you go to Falmouth in the first week you will be camping on the acres of land surrounding Norman Court.
If you were camping at Croyde in the first week, you will have the pleasure of staying in the manor house that is Norman Court. That way everyone gets to experience the camping element of the programme.