GHWY to co-present on support for care-experienced students at NNECL conference 

I’m excited to be co-presenting a workshop on collaborating to support care-experienced students in Higher Education (HE) at this year’s National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) conference. 

I’ll be delivering the session with Louise Harrison from North East Raising Aspiration Partnership (NERAP), who I was invited to co-present with after Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) responded to a call for abstracts.

I’ve developed co-presenting skills in my role as Collaborative Outreach Officer at GHWY but this will be my first time co-presenting with someone from an external organisation. Thus, I’m excited about what I can learn from this opportunity in terms of collaborating with someone that I do not work with regularly, who can perhaps bring new insights into how best to communicate our respective work in this area.  

GHWY and NERAP have similarities in terms of partnership work: the former works collaboratively in West Yorkshire with 13 HE providers, while the latter works collaboratively in the North East with five HE providers. Although both partnerships have programmes as part of their support, one key differentiator is their target audience. For GHWY, our Care to Go Higher programme is for care professionals to support their young person, and for NERAP their Choices Together Progressive Programme is part of a pre-entry support package for students. We will each share how we evaluate in our respective partnerships. 

The theme for the conference is Learning Together. Its aim is for all attendees to leave the conference having gained awareness, knowledge and practical tools to help them support care-experienced learners with their educational success. 

It will be an opportunity to learn from speakers and gain insights to take back to our organisations. There will be keynote speakers and a choice of workshop sessions for attendees. The keynote speakers are Ryan Henson (Social Mobility Commissioner); Ellie Rowley (UCAS Fair Access Programme Lead); Maggie Inchley and Sylvan Baker (The Verbatim Formula); and Dr Zoe Baker (Research Fellow at the University of York).  

The event will be held on Tuesday, 12 March at 9.30am-4.30pm at De Montfort University, Leicester. Find out more and register. There are discounted tickets for NNECL members and for care-experienced students. 


Tahera Mayat, GHWY’s Collaborative Outreach Officer