16-19s Covid Poll: Missing Out and Catching Up | YouthSight x NCS Trust

Youth Thinking | 24 Mar 2021

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61% of 16-19s opposed to shortening the summer 2021 school holidays, to catch up on disrupted learning caused by the pandemic - the latest research conducted on behalf of National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust reveals. 

In this latest research for our client at NCS trust, we polled over 1,000 16-19-year olds to explore what they feel they've missed out on over the past year and what they're willing to do to catch up.

The overarching theme that NCS Trust found from the research is that most students want to move on with their lives; they want to catch up on missed opportunities, but they also want flexibility to be able to help communities recover from the effects of the pandemic.  

NCS Trust know that young people's priorities and ambitions have shifted, and as we faced the first anniversary of UK lockdown this week, our client felt now was the right time to start focusing on the road ahead.

Mark Gifford, Chief Executive Officer at NCS Trust said: "The impact of Covid-19 on young people is increasingly well understood. And whilst the last year has been damaging for young people, compelling new research from NCS Trust shows that they are ready, willing and able to be a key part of how we build back better."

The research helped inform our clients comms strategy around their new programme and evolving service lines. To find out more about the Changemaker programme (NCS' new initiative to support young people with their ambitions to rebuild society), click here.   


Key Stats:

  • 51% of students want to repeat an academic year to make up for the learning disruptions caused by the pandemic; 24% opposed to this.
  • 55% of students would prefer to sit exams rather than be assessed by teachers.
  • 61% opposed to shortening the 2021 summer holiday, compare to 21% who were in favour.

About NCS Trust

NCS Trust aims to engage, unite and empower young people, helping them unlock their full potential. Their mission is to build up the confidence of teenagers and encourage them to go after their dreams, regardless of their background. 

Click here to find out more about NCS and how they are supporting young people's new ambitions in a post-lockdown world.


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