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.

 Places are 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 and colleges.

 Week 1: Adventure

Outward bound residential to focus on team work, problem solving skills and getting out of their comfort zone

  • Week 2: Skills

A second residential to learn independent living skills and to learn about their local community

  • Week 3 & 4: Social Action

Work from a local community base to plan and implement a 30 hour community project that benefits both young people and society

  • Graduation:

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 person.

 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