Andrew Murrison, Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire, asked the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the NCS participants are from (a) independent schools and (b) BME backgrounds.
Parliamentary Secretary Rob Wilson explained the NCS attracts young people from all backgrounds and walks of life. The latest evaluation showed that 27% of NCS participants were from non-white backgrounds compared with 19% of the comparable general population. Data is not currently held on the proportion of young people from independent schools participating in NCS. However, the Trust will begin to collect this detail this coming summer. Independent schools such as Dulwich College, Leicester Grammar, James Allen's Girls School and Hymers College, along with others, are referring pupils to NCS. NCS is also now featured on the new Independent State Schools Partnership website (www.schoolstogether.org).