The Birmingham Civic Society (BCS) runs a Citizenship Awards Scheme for Birmingham Secondary Schools called The Next Generation Awards (NGAs).

The Next Generation Awards has been running for 17 years and we have worked with over 33,000 young people to date. Each year the overall winners are given mentoring support, and the Newman Prize provided by Newman University  of £1500 to put their project into action.


The NGA is a citizenship award scheme for 11-14 year-olds in schools across the city of Birmingham. The scheme asks pupils to think about challenges and issues they face in their communities, develop a solution, then put together a 5 minute presentation on their idea. Each participating school selects up to 10 teams to go forward for assessment at the ‘in-school assessment panel‘.

Birmingham Civic Society’s Citizenship Committee conduct assessment panels to review the presentations from each team in each school. Every team is presented with either gold, silver or bronze awards for their efforts and the panel selects the best presentation to represent their school in to the next stage of the competition –  the semi finals. The assessments traditionally takeplace between Easter and late June, with the semi-finals in July.

For more information about the Next Generation Awards please CLICK HERE and watch our presentation film:

Could you be an Assessor ?

Can you spare a few hours to help and support local schools and our Citizenship committee, if so please get in touch. The Citizenship Committee are always looking for people who can join our panels to help us judge the wonderfully inspiring NGA projects that are developed by pupils across the city each year. It’s a great way to show your support for the young people in our schools and contribute to the good work of the society. The panels are happening over the next couple of weeks so if you can help please get in touch asap!

Please email Jo Dunlop for further information about the awards, becoming an assessor and the list of upcoming panels.