This week David Cameron chaired a meeting, as part of his role as Chair of NCS Trust’s Patrons Board, with members of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) to discuss National Citizen Service (NCS), and how NCS could better engage and work with independent schools.
NCS is the country’s flagship and largest youth programme for 16-17 year olds. Last year 100,000 young people benefitted from having the opportunity to participate in a NCS programme – meeting new people, gaining key life skills and sharing new experiences. NCS is proud to be open to all and bringing young people from very different backgrounds together is central to the mission of a more cohesive society.
Currently, young people from independent schools are much less likely to take part in NCS as those from the state sector. This means that significant numbers of young people are missing out on this national ‘rite of passage’ experience. The roundtable brought together senior representatives from NCS Trust with guests from the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and the Girls’ Day School Trust schools, with the aim of making NCS more attractive to young people who attend independent schools.
The discussion resulted in a commitment on the part of the schools to do more to promote NCS and help NCS shape the future of what is now an important national initiative for young people from different backgrounds.
More information about NCS can be found at: https://www.ncsyes.co.uk