Energy Coast UTC awarded ‘Champion School’ status by the National Citizen Service. Details Tuesday, 04 July 2017 National Citizen Service (NCS), the UK’s flagship youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds, has awarded ‘Champion School’ status to 345 schools across England, including Energy Coast UTC. The status has been given to those institutions who have excelled in promoting the programme and recruiting young people to take part over the last academic year. Champion school head teachers and staff in Cumbria cite the markedly positive effect that participation in NCS programmes has on both young people and their wider institutions. Schools that have significant numbers of pupils taking part in NCS have seen a notable change in pupil wellbeing and engagement with academic work. For young people, NCS provides a host of practical and emotional benefits, among them a positive contribution to UCAS personal statements and wider social and personal development. Nearly three quarters of those who have taken part in NCS feel more confident about getting a job, and nine in ten feel that it has helped them develop useful skills for the future. They also demonstrate high levels of confidence and resilience, and report lower levels of anxiety than their peers. Catherine Coleman, Teaching Assistant at Energy Coast UTC said: “It’s a wonderful achievement for Energy Coast UTC to have been awarded Champion School Status. Our dedication to the NCS programme has been reflected in the fantastic feedback we’ve received from both students and parents. The action packed programme has had such a positive impact on our students; increasing their confidence, teaching them valuable life skills such as leadership and teamwork skills and giving them higher aspirations. One of our students started the programme very quiet and not knowing many people, but gained so much confidence over the duration and was the most supportive member of the team; he received an award for the ‘Most Developed’ student and he also received a scholarship for the outward bounds centre at Ullswater for the summer of 2017 - we are all very proud of his achievement.” Lucy Kennett, Y12 Student said: “NCS was an amazing experience with no regrets to follow. I have made a lot of new friends and am now involved in the NCS Graduate Programme, which is really good because I am able to build up my confidence and communication skills more and more. I am getting the skills need to prepare me for Sixth form and my future job opportunities. I am also looking into taking my experience further by doing ICS (International Citizen Service) when I am 18, as it means my experience doesn't have to end just yet.” NCS is a two-four week programme for 16 & 17 year olds which takes place during school holidays. The programme involves teenagers meeting other local young people from a range of backgrounds, living independently, and developing new skills whilst learning more about their communities and how they can make a difference through social action projects. There are a number of ways in which schools can work with their local NCS provider to raise the profile of the programme to students and parents, ranging from delivering an assembly to students to attending careers events, parents’ evenings and delivering sessions to tutor groups. All are free of charge.