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National Citizen Service guidance for schools and colleges.

National Citizen Service guidance for schools and colleges.

What is NCS?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a youth programme, which takes place out of term time and is available to all 15-17 year olds in England



NCS is founded on three key principles:


Social cohesion: bringing our country together by building stronger communities and fostering understanding between young people of all backgrounds.


Social mobility: building essential skills for life and work, investing in our country’s future talent


Civic engagement: engaging young people in social action in their communities and the democratic process, building their understanding of their role as citizens.

Young people work in diverse teams, take part in outdoor adventure activities, learn life skills and contribute to their community. So far, over 375,000 teenagers have taken part from schools and colleges across the country, including maintained schools, academies, Pupil Referral Units, special schools and independent schools.

NCS summer programmes typically last for four weeks, two of which are delivered on a residential basis. Autumn and spring programme delivery employs a shorter version of NCS.

The NCS Trust is responsible for the delivery of NCS. Local knowledge is integral to the success of the programme: the NCS ecosystem includes over 300 organisations, mainly from the public and voluntary sectors.

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