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Education Service News Item

NCS - a youth empowerment programme for 15-17 year-olds

NCS is a youth empowerment programme available to 15-17 year-olds in England and Northern Ireland. The programme gives students a unique opportunity to do exciting outdoor activities, interact with young people from different backgrounds and develop the skills employers value: confidence, leadership and communication. UCAS recommends students include NCS on their personal statement. Ofsted also references NCS in inspection reports where involvement with the programme has had a marked impact on pupils. 

During the last phase of the programme, NCS allows young people to connect with their local community by delivering a social action project in their area. With the skills developed on NCS, students plan, fundraise and make a difference in their communities, something that resonates with the core values and ethos of all Faith Schools. 

In October 2016, David Cameron was appointed as Chairman of NCS Patrons. In the months and years ahead, the former Prime Minister will volunteer his time to help establish and convene a new cross-party, cross-sector group of influential supporters who will support NCS Trust to build on the success of the programme and help it continue to flourish. This is David Cameron’s first role since leaving politics and marks a continuation of his long-standing support for NCS.  

NCS takes place outside of term time, and we are currently engaging with young people who are interested in the next available programme. In order to find out how NCS can benefit your school and students, please contact Ruth Sowerby, School Engagement Manager for West Sussex and Brighton and Hove via email ( or on 07960 945592. The School Engagement Manager for East Sussex is Sara Molyneux ( or 07507 940211. Please note that enquiries from Surrey schools should also be directed to Ruth Sowerby in the first instance.