Thank you to all who attended the launch of the NNECL quality framework pilot project on 22nd May at the House of Lords, and to those who were unable to attend, but sent their good wishes in support.
NNECL is extremely proud to be launching the new quality mark for institutions working with young care experienced people and are delighted to be partnering with UPP Foundation to deliver this important project.
The new quality mark will build on the gold standard criteria developed by the Centre for Social Justice and First Star Academies, the Department for Education’s ‘Principles to guide higher education providers on improving care leavers access and participation in HE’, the Care Leaver Covenant, and recent guidance published by the Office for Students, to create a working accreditation process that will develop and test a new quality framework to improve access, retention and the support for people who have been in care and now study at colleges and universities.
The educational institutions involved in the pilot include the University of Bradford; Edge Hill University; the University of Exeter; Halesowen College; Kingston University; the University of Lincoln; the University of Nottingham and Oxford Brookes University.
The pilot project is a major step towards a national accreditation scheme for institutions working with young people who have been in care. Assessments at the pilot institutions will take place during October and November 2019. Feedback from these assessments will be used to finalise the quality mark framework ready to roll out across England in spring 2020.
We are grateful to Bishop Tim Dakin for hosting the event, and to Chris Skidmore, Universities Minister, and Richard Brabner, UPP Foundation, for speaking.
Further information on the source documents mentioned above can be found at:
- The gold standard criteria developed by the Centre for Social Justice and First Star Academies in the 12by24 report.
- Department for Education Principles to guide higher education providers on improving care leavers access and participation in HE.
- Care Leaver Covenant.
- Office for Students guidance for care leavers and looked after children.
- Moving on Up, the NNECL commissioned research, provides an overall picture of care leavers in higher education and was used to inform the 12by24 report.