Year 11 Assembly – National Citizenship Service
An assembly was delivered to the Year 11s on Thursday 24 January regarding the NCS programme.
NCS is a government run scheme for 15 –17-year olds, designed to build skills and confidence and to improve their life chances. As a young person aged 15-17, your daughter will be given the opportunity to take part in a scheme organised by the National Citizenship Service and run by The Challenge. Representatives from NCS spoke at a Year 11 assembly on Thursday 17th January 2019 during which pupils were given the opportunity to express their interest in the programme and take away the application pack – to be returned to school on or before the 7th February 2019. For more information and to sign up visit WWW.NCSYES.CO.UK.
The programme takes place this summer after all of the GCSE exams have finished. It is in three parts and takes place over 18 days, with breaks in between. Most programmes are mixed, but the Challenge also run a ‘Girl’s Only Programme’, which may be of interest to your daughter. The start date for this programme is 21st July; in addition, there are 11 other start dates across the summer, and these will be mixed gender.
The first two parts of the programme are residential, with all meals, kit and accommodation provided. (Both residential aspects of the all-girls programme will be within 48 miles of Preston). Firstly, teams take part in outward bounds activities, developing their leadership and teamwork skills, creating friendships and building confidence by working with some of the best outdoor instructors in the UK. After a short break back home, the young people return for Part 2 where they stay in university-style accommodation at UCLAN and gain new skills in an area they are interested in. For Part 3, teams design and deliver a project they have developed. When they graduate they receive a signed certificate from the Prime Minister and can join the graduate programme, known as The Challenge Society.
The programme is worth over £1500 per head, but as it is government-backed, they only ask for a maximum of £50 for a young person to take part. The Challenge are offering an early applicants’ discount of £35 for 3 weeks after the initial assembly. Financial support is also available to ensure that cost is not a barrier – just get in touch with your local coordinator directly on the details below. Islamic girls schools have taken part in the programme in the past and we know that their needs were fully met. For more information, visit WWW.NCSYES.CO.UK. You can sign up on the website now.
Last year a high number of pupils from Preston Muslim Girls signed up and took part in NCS and received a gold award.
Please click here to view the NCS Challenge letter