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Beyond the classroom - improving access to extracurricular activities for young people - next steps for the National Youth Guarantee and the future of the National Citizen Service

Morning, Wednesday, 6th July 2022

This conference focuses on the next steps for improving access to activities and volunteering opportunities for young people in England - and key priorities for the National Citizen Service.

It will be an opportunity to assess government plans to introduce the National Youth Guarantee that aims to ensure every young person has access to regular out of school activities by 2025.

Delegates will also consider strategies and best practice for growing partnerships involving schools, local government, the third sector, businesses and other stakeholders.

Further sessions assess the current offer of out-of-school youth programmes across the country, ways to reduce regional disparities, and how access and inclusion can be improved.

Additional areas for discussion include:

  • accessibility to youth services - support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds ◦ investment & where it should be focused ◦ tackling regional disparities ◦ improving local partnerships
  • maximising positive impact - best practice ◦ preparation for educational progression and life pathways ◦ young people’s employability prospects ◦ increasing children’s cultural capital
  • priorities going forward - improving the offer of youth programmes across the country ◦ Duke of Edinburgh programmes for every state secondary school in England ◦ the vision for the NCS

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Mark Gifford, Chief Executive Officer, National Citizen Service Trust; and Ruth Marvel, Chief Executive Officer, The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Keynote Speakers

Mark Gifford

Chief Executive Officer, National Citizen Service Trust

Ruth Marvel

Chief Executive Officer, The Duke of Edinburgh Award


Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs


Rachael Bayley

Director of Membership Services, Girlguiding

Alison Oliver

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Sport Trust

Julia Brown

CEO, Brandon Centre

Kathryn Morley

Chief Executive, OnSide Youth Zones

Kevin Munday

Chief Executive, City Year UK; and Chief Executive, ThinkForward UK

Liam Burns

Chief Programme Officer, Scouts

Jonathan Harper

Chief Executive Officer, Future Foundations

Leigh Middleton

CEO, National Youth Agency

Jaffer Ali Hussain

Chair, Institute for Youth Work

Billy Downie

Headteacher, The Streetly Academy

Dawn Haywood

CEO, The Windsor Academy Trust

Councillor Rachel Massey

Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services and Education, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Sonny Elton

Young speaker of Hackney, London Borough of Hackney Council