The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership are committed to ensuring all students have equal and fair access to Higher Education.

Who are care experienced students?

When we talk about care experienced students, we use the guidance given by UCAS. This incudes any young person who is:

  • living with foster carers
  • living in a residential children’s home
  • being looked after at home under a supervision order
  • living with friends or relatives in kinship care – either through a formal arrangement (e.g. a Special Guardianship order) or an informal arrangement without local authority support

We will of course take your own personal circumstances in to account too, so if you’re not sure, please email us!

Throughout the year, the Partnership are delighted to offer the following events:

  • Choices Together
    • An annual four week programme of online events dedicated to opening up the world of university and post-18 study, taking part in February/March. You’ll take part in three interactive sessions with resources for you to build your own biodome, create the next wonder of the world with Lego, and even win the chance to have your cartoon animated! All resources will be sent by post, and is completely free of charge.
  • Foster Family Fun Days
    • Two annual events for the whole family! We invite care experienced students and their carers along to one of our Partner universities for a day they’ll never forget. Experience a real university campus, and take part in a series of interactive skills based sessions. Previous themes have included; forensics, STEM and business.

Foster Carer Training

As part of our support, the Partnership provide training opportunities for Foster Carers in line with Local Authority training.

During this 2-3 hour session, Foster Carers will develop their awareness and understanding of higher education and the ways in which they can support the young people in their care.


  • To identify the elements of the university application process.
  • To understand their role in supporting young people’s aspirations.
  • To identify the key aspects of financial, wellbeing and general support available to Looked After Young People at Higher Education Institutions.
  • To understand the importance of teamwork and communication across organisations that impact upon Looked After Young People.
  • To identify a range of ways to engage with HEI interventions/programmes throughout their LAYP academic career.
  • To identify the barriers and challenges that LAYP face when at university and ways to work to overcome this.

For further information, or to request the opportunity, please contact or call 0191 2083128.

NERAP are proud to be a member of NNECL


You can also find out loads more information about studying in HE as a Care Leaver by visiting the websites below: