60 schools and colleges from South Yorkshire and Humber have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the National Citizen Service (NCS).
60 schools attended the NCS Champion Schools Awards Night hosted by EFL Trust (English Football League Trust) at the Keepmoat Stadium, home of Doncaster Rovers. Hosted by graduates of the NCS programme, each school within South Yorkshire and Humberside was awarded ‘Champion’ status thanks to their great commitment in working alongside EFL Trust on NCS support their pupils in their transition to adulthood. These schools and colleges have exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.
Through EFL Trust and its network of EFL Clubs and youth organisations the NCS programme supported over 4,000 young people’s transition to adulthood by developing their strength of character and life-skills which enables them to contribute to society with a greater sense of purpose, optimism and belonging.
Open to all young people aged 16-17 across England and Northern Ireland, the two to four week programme takes place in school holidays and includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.
Parents of the teens who take part repeatedly comment on the positive effect NCS has on their children, including increased confidence levels and independence. In addition, the teacher’s have praised the impact NCS has had on their pupils and in turn how this benefits to the schools and colleges more widely.
Jamie McMahon, Regional Director of Post 16 Education at Delta Academies trust in Doncaster says:
“This year continues to see a fantastic reaction from our pupils who have attended NCS, which has resulted in a positive impact throughout the whole of Rossington All Saints Academy and Don Valley Academy. As a school we’ve seen first-hand how the programme can enhance our students’ CVs when planning for their future – be that for university, college or the world of work. We’re really proud to have been awarded this ‘Champion’ status by NCS and look forward to our pupils continuing to benefit from the programme in the years to come. We are looking forward to mirroring this throughout our Delta Academies”.
NCS is making a positive contribution towards developing our country’s future talent and is proven to increase confidence, communication and leadership abilities. University participation rates for those who take part in NCS was on average 12% higher than those who didn’t take part. There was an almost 50% increase in higher education participation for the most disadvantaged young people.
Dominik Stingas Paczko, Community Operations Manager at EFL Trust comments:
“Through working closely with schools and colleges across South Yorkshire and Humber, we are able to ensure more young people have the opportunity to be aware of the amazing benefits which come with participating in the NCS programme. Our event is an opportunity for us to thank schools and colleges for their hard work to allow more young people this opportunity.