Designing toolkits to help leaders run effective, engaging and consistent Guided Reflection with NCS

Over the course of 2017, we worked closely with the National Citizen Service to improve the consistency and effectiveness of guided reflection sessions. Through a rigorous design process, we developed a new concept for guided reflection – ‘Throwback’ – which takes young people on a progressive journey of engagement through which they develop essential self-reflection skills.

Young people and team leaders are supported through this journey by a set of portable, weather-proof and user-friendly cards which provide tips and inspiration for running engaging sessions and making progress to the next stage of the journey.

Initial testing over the summer indicated that team leaders and young people find Throwback enjoyable, engaging and effective. The product is still in its infancy and will undergo further development but we’re excited by its potential impact.