We are the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers, NNECL, our vision is for learners with care experience across our four nations to be empowered and supported to achieve their full educational potential. Our mission is to create educational environments where people with care experience thrive.

NNECL is a registered charity. Since 2018 we have been working with education practitioners and care system professionals across the UK to transform the progression of children in care and care leavers, into and through further and higher education. With data telling us 14% of care leavers enter into education by the age of 19, our work centres, supports, connects, inspires and empowers our community, with whom we share our overarching ambition, for more care experienced young people to consider, access and flourish through further and higher education into fulfilling careers and financially secure lives.

Join us and add your organisation's voice to supporting care experienced students

  • Demonstrate your commitment to the care experienced agenda, and gain insights and support to meet your plans and targets for this under-represented group of students.  
  • Support the professional development needs of your staff who work with care experienced students. Help them: to access up-to-date information; to develop and sustain effective relationships with other practitioners and policymakers; and to enhance the impact of their work.
  • Inform and influence policy by joining a network committed to transforming the progression of care experienced people into further and higher education. We use our collective voice to engage with key influencers and policy makers to ensure our members’ views are heard.

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