84 schools and colleges across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland awarded Champion status by NCS
On Wednesday 5 December 84 Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland schools were awarded Champion School status by National Citizen Service (NCS) in recognition of their promotion of the flagship youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds. The Champion School Awards Evening is a celebration of those schools that have exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.
The NCS programme supports young people‚Äôs 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. The awards recognise those schools and colleges that have really shone when promoting NCS to their students.
The winners were presented with plaques and certificates across levels Bronze, Silver and Gold by Vicky Breckin and Phil Everett from The EBP. The event featured a powerful speech by two NCS Regional Board Members, Katie Hand and Shyam Mistry, on how NCS had positively impacted on their lives. Sarah Farrow from NCS Trust also delivered a speech and recent NCS graduate Tejas Easwar closed the evening with a violin performance.
Vicky Breckin, Quality and Innovation Manager at The EBP said:
‚ÄúThis year we‚Äôve continued to see a fantastic reaction from schools who continually promote NCS, which has resulted in a positive impact throughout the whole of East Midlands. We‚Äôre really proud to partner with so many schools and colleges that have been awarded this ‚ÄėChampion‚Äô status by NCS and look forward to continuing work with them to benefit as many young people as possible from the programme in the years to come.‚ÄĚ
NCS is making a positive contribution towards developing our country‚Äôs 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.
Izzi Dorrian, Head of Education Engagement at the NCS Trust comments:
‚ÄúThrough working closely with schools and colleges across the UK, we are able to ensure more young people have the opportunity to be aware of the amazing benefits which come with participating in the programme. This collaboration is helping us to ensure the programme is embedded in local communities and reminds us exactly how the programme is helping change the futures of thousands of young people each year.‚ÄĚ