City of Norwich School

Social Action at CNS

Ormiston Academies Trust has secured £2 million funding, thanks to the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign - to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities.

Between 2018 and December 2020, the funding will be used to embed and integrate social action as part of the core and broader curriculum in academies across the OAT network and CNS has been awarded some money that can be used to start up a few different social action projects of its own. 

So, what is Social Action?

It's the idea that students, staff and other members of CNS can come together and make a positive change to the community, including the school, wider Norwich community and other OAT academies.  By setting up social action projects, we can help improve the lives of those involved.  Examples include raising money for charity; raising awareness of key issues that young people face such as bullying and mental health issues; connecting with the local community. 

Why get involved? 

Making a difference to the community makes you feel good!  You are benefiting yourself and the local community and it is something interesting to tell friends and family. 


Although the project has just started, there has already been much progress, with presentations in assemblies explaining the concept of social action and what social action projects may entail.  Some keen Key Stage 3 students have recently met up at lunchtime to discuss ideas about what they want to see from social action at CNS and the student panel/student voice were able to voice what charities and projects they want to support. 

There has also been a meeting with the 'Acts of Kindness Club' to discuss ways to best support and promote the club and also with the 'Anti-Bullying Movement' to discuss ways in which we can encourage kind behaviour around the school. 

Ms Irvine and Mrs Tillyard are meeting up with Klara Reddy from OAT later this week to discuss what projects would be suitable for our students to get involved with and what should be moved forward. 

Further updates on these projects will be given as they progress.