Youth volunteering charity v has announced details of a new scheme that it will run for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, designed to encourage schools to set up volunteering programmes for 14 to 16-year-olds.
The scheme will allow schools to make community work part of their curriculums.
In the schools that choose to implement the programme, it will be compulsory for students to take part in the community work, a spokesman for v said.
He said the scheme could involve pupils working for charities, but that students would also be able to set up their own community projects.
The charity is in the process of recruiting more than 100 new staff as school advisers. They will audit schools' existing community schemes and offer suggestions for new volunteering projects. They will start work in April, with contracts lasting until the end of March 2011.
The spokesman said the scheme would be available to all state secondary schools in England. He said the scheme had not yet been given a final title, although it has been called the Student Community Action Programme in job adverts.
The move follows the announcement by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in April last year that he wanted all teenagers to complete 50 hours of volunteering before the age of 19.
A DCSF spokesman said many details of the scheme had not yet been finalised, but were expected in the next few weeks.
- A correction was made to this story on 21 January 2010 to make it clear that v is in the process of recruiting school advisors.