16/11/2017Office for Fair Access to launch updated Care Leavers’ Topic Briefing at the Annual NNECL Conference

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) will be launching their updated Care Leavers’ Topic Briefing on the 7th December at the Annual National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) conference at the University of York. 

The updated topic briefing will be launched by Professor Les Ebdon, the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, in his key note speech, followed by a practitioner’s workshop led by OFFA staff which will provide attendees with practical advice and guidance on how they can improve higher education outcomes for care leavers.

The topic briefing brings together evidence, good practice and resources to help universities and colleges develop smarter, more evidence-led policy and practice. The briefings also give an overview of trends in current access agreements, provide examples of innovative and effective practice, and pose questions for universities and colleges to think about when looking at how best to make progress in their own context and circumstances.

Professor Les Ebdon said: ”Only very few young people who have spent time in care progress to higher education by the age of 19. Although the picture has improved in recent years, there is still a severe participation gap to address. This updated topic briefing will help universities and colleges think about how they can more effectively support care leavers to ensure everyone with the talent to benefit from higher education gets equal opportunity to do so.”

Delegates will also hear from Minister for State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill and inspirational speaker of trauma, recovery and resilience, Lisa Cherry.

To book your place on the conference, please visit the NNECL website