Schools and colleges from across the East Midlands, North West and East Anglia were hoping to top the league tables recently at Champion School events hosted by the Ingeus NCS team.
More than fifty fabulous education establishments were recognised at the events, held in Liverpool, Chelmsford and Derby, for promoting the National Citizen Service programme and encouraging their students to take part during the 2017/18 academic year.
Some of the NCS graduates themselves joined in the celebrations, helping to host and present the awards to teachers and tutors from their schools.
Vicky Dunbobbin, 16, attended the Champion School event in Chelmsford and said: “I first learnt about NCS at a school assembly and joined the programme last summer. I loved it! I gained so much from it that I went on to join the regional youth board, which has opened up so many more opportunities to get involved. Helping at today’s event was a great way to thank my school for encouraging me to take part.”
Ingeus delivers NCS with a range of local partners and has a specialist team of recruiters who work with schools and colleges, present in assemblies and encourage young people to participate in the programme. Although NCS usually takes place during the summer and October half term holidays, Ingeus also works with colleges to embed NCS into their term time curriculum. Last summer, more than 11,000 young people aged 16-17 undertook Ingeus-led NCS programmes.
“An NCS Champion School is one that embraces NCS and understand the hugely positive effect that the programme has on young people,” explains NCS National Marketing Manager at Ingeus, Sarah Hartley. “They encourage participation by promoting NCS to pupils, parents and teachers and act as role models for other schools. Our annual events are a way of recognising their input and building ever-stronger relationships with them.”
Each Champion School was awarded a gold, silver or bronze commemorative plaque to recognise their valuable contribution. Attendees also heard from a range of NCS graduates about the programme and the positively life-changing effect it has.