Teens to develop independencePosted: 24th February 2020
Teenagers are preparing for the next step of their life by spending time away from home.
Year 11 students at Burnt Mill Academy are signing up for a summer programme which will challenge them to live independently, learn life skills and meet new people.
The National Citizenship Service is a voluntary personal and social development programme for 16 and 17-year-olds, mainly funded by the Government.
It is aimed at helping teenagers to build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.
Students can take part in a two, three or four-week programme to develop their independence before starting college or work.
Francis Collins, associate headteacher, said: “This is a really huge opportunity for our students. It is a fantastic thing to have on their UCAS application when they are looking to go to university in the future. It shows they have a full range of experiences and not just exam grades.
“It can come as a shock to young people when they leave us as we spend so much time with them. We have an extended school day and so they are with us from early until late each day, plus on Saturdays. This is just another opportunity to help them with the transition onto the next step of their journey.
“We want our students to be self-driven, self-motivated and to use their own initiative. They have to do a lot for themselves when they go to college, so this really helps to prepare them.”
During the programme, students take part in activities including canoeing, concerts, football, and have the opportunity to stay in accommodation with their new friends while they learn to be independent.