Headteacher backs youth programme

David Baldwin, executive headteacher at Norham High School in North Shields.

David Baldwin, executive headteacher at Norham High School in North Shields.

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A headteacher has welcomed news that a programme supporting pupils to develop crucial skills is to be rolled out nationally.

During the recent Queen’s Speech, it relayed a vision for every teenager in the country to be able to take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) youth empowerment programme, which currently runs across North Tyneside.

David Baldwin, executive headteacher at Churchill Community College and Norham High School, has welcomed the Government’s commitment to help the programme grow.

He is encouraging schools to recommend it to their students this summer.

The programme, open to all 15 to 17-year-olds, widens horizons and helps teenagers grow their aspirations by developing crucial skills for work and life.

NCS Trust, the independent social enterprise that manages NCS, has a vision for NCS to be a national institution.

Mr Baldwin said: “We’ve promoted NCS to our students for several years now and recognise the enormous opportunity it offers young people to develop skills outside of the classroom.

“We notice a huge transformation in our students when they return from the programme; they’re often more mature, more confident and, most importantly, are ready to take control of their futures.”

“As NCS is run externally and takes place outside of term, the resource required internally is very small. I would encourage other schools to get behind the programme.”

Michael Lynas, CEO of NCS Trust, said: “The Queen’s Speech announcement is a very exciting moment in NCS’s history.

“Our vision is for NCS to be a national institution available to every teenager in our country and the NCS Bill will help to make this a reality.

“NCS is a national platform that is delivered locally by our partner network of more than 300 charities and youth organisations.

“We are looking forward to working with Government on the detail of the NCS Bill to make sure we take full advantage of this significant moment, as we create a new rite of passage to bring our country together and invest in our future.”

For more information on NCS, visit www.ncsyes.co.uk or call 0191 247 4020.