The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) began as a volunteer network in 2013, run by higher education institutions and national organisations committed to the progression and support of care experienced students in further and higher education. We registered as a charity in 2018 and continue working with education practitioners and care system professionals to transform the progression of children in care and care leavers, into and through further and higher education. Learners with care experience are at the heart of everything we do.

Our work supports, connects, empowers and inspires our community, with whom we share our overarching ambition, for more young people with care experience to consider, access and be supported to flourish through further and higher education, into fulfilling careers.

Our National Strategy Group (NSG) forms a link between educational providers, their networks and national organisations and agencies. The NSG includes nominated regional representatives from further or higher education and members of national organisations committed to the progression and support of care experienced students.

We are proud to have over 100 organisations in active membership, including universities and colleges, foster agencies, local authority leaving care teams, virtual schools and charities. Over 300 individual practitioners are supported via these organisations enabling us to reach a community of nearly 800 dynamic professionals who participate in our events and benefit from our regular policy and practice updates.  

We are led by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for our strategic objectives, financial security and compliance.

  Our strategic objectives focus our work;

  • Inform  Contributing to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, research and useful information about care experienced learners
  • Connect  Providing networking opportunities for member organisations and engagement with key stakeholders
  • Support  Supporting and developing evidence-based effective practice
  • Champion  Championing the work of our member organisations through advocacy and communications
  • Sustain  Ensuring the future sustainability of our organisation

Our values shape our organisation and everything we do. Equality  We are working for a fair society which is inclusive and celebrates diversity.  Initiative  We seek out effective educational practice and create opportunities.  Collaboration  We achieve more by working together to build relationships and provide personalised support.  Making a difference  We produce useful, evidence-based work which contributes to systemic change.

As a charity we depend on the generous support of funders, donors and volunteers. Find out how you can get involved and make a difference and transform the educational opportunities for care experienced people. 

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