NLL Welcomes Minster Visit
New Line Learning Academy was delighted to host a visit from the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, with a focus on its work with the National Citizen Service (NCS) and its Young Farmers’ Club.
Mr Wilson began his visit on Thursday, October 20th, with an assembly aimed at promoting NCS, a voluntary personal and social development programme for 15 to 17-year-olds.
The presentation about the NCS scheme, which aims to help young people build work and life skills, while taking on new challenges and making friends, prompted dozens of questions from the intrigued Year 10s and Year 11s in the audience.
At the end of the assembly, delivered by NCS’ Catch22 team, Mr Wilson helped to answer the questions with NCS graduate, Robbie Jewsbury, who attended NLL’s sister school, Cornwallis Academy.
The visit coincided with the government’s introduction of the NCS Bill, which will see the NCS programme rolled out across the country, with the support of former Prime Minister, David Cameron, who has recently been appointed to a key role.
Speaking to NCS, Mr Wilson said: “It is great to see how the National Citizen Service (NCS) is building the confidence, resilience and leadership skills of young people in Maidstone.
“We want to make NCS a rite of passage for the young people of this country, uniting communities. This is why we have introduced the NCS Bill to parliament so that this remarkable opportunity can be accessible to all.”
After the assembly, Mr Wilson headed to NLL’s on-site farm, where he took a tour of the site and met with some of our young farmers.
Representatives from the Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Club were also on-hand to promote the association’s wider role across the county.
NLL’s Headteacher, David Elliott, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Wilson to NLL. The students acted as great ambassadors for the school by actively engaging in the discussions in a mature and polite manner. It was a great opportunity to showcase the opportunities we offer our students, including our partnership with NCS and our thriving farm.”