NCS Summer Programme Supported by The Hastings Academy
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 11:00 AM
We’d like to tell you about a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity which your son or daughter can sign up to take part in this summer.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed, four-week programme
which is supported by our school and takes place in the summer holidays. The
local NCS team from CXK have come in to speak to students throughout this term,
so your son or daughter might have already mentioned this to you.
filling up fast, so NCS have asked us
to write to you to make sure you know this is taking place and that you can
sign up on their website here:
What is NCS?
Students at the
end of Year 11 have the opportunity to sign up and then will be placed in teams
of 12-15 young people with their friends and other students from local schools
Week 1: Adventure
Outward bound residential to focus on team work,
problem solving skills and getting out of their comfort zone
A second residential to learn independent living
skills and to learn about their local community
- Week 3 & 4: Social
Work from a local community base to plan and implement
a 30 hour community project that benefits both young people and society
Celebrate their NCS achievements and be presented with
a signed certificate from the Prime Minister.
Government support means the whole
programme costs no more than £50 to take part in, with all meals and activities
covered. There are also bursaries offered to those who need financial support
and support is provided for young people with additional needs. The extra
investment from government means a place on NCS is actually worth £1,300 per
NCS helps young people build their confidence and gain
new skills for work and life while having fun and giving back to their
community – the best possible springboard for their future. Whether they’re
about to start sixth form or college, or preparing to enter the working world,
signing up to NCS is one of the best decisions a teenager can make.
But don’t just take our word for it; NCS carried out a
study of 200 teachers, who agreed that young people who try something new
during the school holidays have a more positive attitude, and are more focused
than their peers when they return to school or start college.
Vic Goddard, Head teacher at Passmores Academy and star
of Educating Essex agrees: “In my experience with teenagers, it’s not a lack
of will to find more exciting things to do but a lack of confidence to go out
there and seek their own opportunities. This is exactly why I believe
supporting participation in programmes such as NCS, which also help develop
personality traits that employers are increasingly looking for, is vital.
Sometimes we forget that the learning that takes place outside of school is
just as important.”
For more information, check out the NCS website www.ncsyes.co.uk