Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for the National Citizen Service and priorities for Character Education in England

Morning, Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This timely seminar will explore character education in England and the future for the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Sessions will identify how well the education system is equipped to deliver character education to pupils, bring out the latest best practice in its teaching at both primary and secondary level, and consider issues for teacher training and development.

Further sessions will explore the future for the National Citizen Service following the granting of Royal Assent to the National Citizen Act which places the service on a statutory footing, and the National Audit Office report on the service released in January 2017.

Delegates will also consider how the NCS Trust can ensure both efficient and effective delivery of the service in future years with further growth planned, and how the increased focus on the NCS has impacted upon the delivery of citizenship skills more widely.

They will also discuss steps to establish plans to evaluate the longer-term outcomes of NCS for young people and to ensure that all young people are provided with the opportunity to participate regardless of individual circumstances.

Guests of Honour

Sir Anthony Seldon

Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

Michael Lynas

Chief Executive, NCS Trust

Guests of Honour

Michael Lynas

Chief Executive, NCS Trust

Sir Anthony Seldon

Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham


Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Chair, Treasury Select Committee and former Secretary of State for Education

Baroness Scott of Needham Market


Loo Brackpool

Head of Community Engagement, EFL Trust

Linda Sanders

Headmistress, The Laurels School, London

Andrew Thraves

Director of Education, Prospects

John Claughton

former Chief Master, King Edward’s School, Birmingham, West Midlands

Geoff Barton

General Secretary, ASCL

Wayne Morris

Community and CSR Director, Premiership Rugby

Matthew Bawden

Assistant Headteacher, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Derbyshire

Neil Smith

Research Director, Children, Families & Work, NatCen

Jonny Zander

Director, Kaizen Partnership

Liam Burns

Head of Policy, Strategy & Innovation, The Scout Association