Let’s make it an unstoppable 2018!


Over 2,300 young people from across the North East have already signed up for the life-changing National Citizen Service (NCS) summer programme. Here’s how many go to your school, how much NCS investment you’re set to draw down as a result, and why it matters.

Featuring in the national film above are dozens of North East based NCS graduates, with scenes shot in Northumberland. Graduates representing twenty schools and colleges from across the region were involved – can you spot any familiar faces?

And that’s not the only perk that comes with being one of our graduates. They’re encouraged to get their UCAS-recognised V30 award and access local volunteering opportunities via vinspired.com so they can continue their journey. They also gain access to the NCS Opportunity Hub, an online resource packed with exclusive volunteering and work opportunities. They also gain access to the NCS Opportunity Hub, an online resource packed with exclusive volunteering and work opportunities.

The coming few months will be among the most stressful for year 11s taking on the challenge of GCSE exams – NCS is the light at the end of the tunnel and a much needed respite during the summer holidays.

Those new skills and experiences that participants gain through NCS will equip them for life. No matter if that’s college, university or a job they have their sights set on, NCS will help make their dreams a reality. They’ll feel unstoppable.

Volunteering vs Work Experience

Amidst the ongoing argument about whether traditional work experience is the best platform to provide young people with the skills that employers look for, the national charity for youth social action is arguing that pupils may be better served by taking part in meaningful volunteering as an alternative.

“We put a high value on cognitive skills and intellectual achievement, but there’s also a different set of skills – non-cognitive skills, or character skills,” says Vidal Kumar, senior research and policy manager at V•Inspired. “Employers increasingly recognise the value of these social and psychological and emotional skills.”

Read more on TES: ‘Should volunteering replace work experience?’

Champion Schools 2017/18

Places are now filling up very quickly – and a number of schools have already hit our NCS Champion School criteria. Find out more about how to become a Champion School here.