NEC is a pioneer of online and distance learning, existing to transform lives through education.
Our mission is simple: NEC seeks to widen learning opportunities for learners who want flexible delivery of excellent and innovative courses.
We help our students to open doors to their futures, through life-changing learning. In particular we offer educational opportunities and second-chance learning to people for whom attending regular classes at school or college would not be possible.
The College was founded in 1963 by Michael Young and Brian Jackson as a forerunner for the Open University. Writing at the time, Michael Young said; “We were searching for education without institution, learning while earning, courses which people of all ages could take in their own time, at their own pace.”
Today, led by 2014 TES FE Leader of the Year award winner Dr Ros Morpeth, we are a long-standing independent educational charity and part of the Open School Trust.
As well as providing online distance learning courses directly to students, we also provide learning materials and resources to schools, colleges and training providers, and learning programmes for companies, government and the rest of the public sector.
For more than 55 years we have forged a reputation for the highest quality learning materials and innovation in distance learning, alongside a deep commitment to providing exceptional support to our learners at every stage of their learning experience. Our tried and tested infrastructure, approach and materials fully support the needs of 21st century learners.
The National Extension College (@NEC_Education) – one of the UK’s longest-established providers of distance learning – has appointed Esther Chesterman as its new Chief Executive. She takes over from Ros Morpeth OBE, who led the organisation over three decades.
The National Extension College, through online distance learning and educational charity, has supported and continues to support a diverse range of students. Although the majority remains adults who wish to return to education, in recent years we have also seen a steady rise in home educating families using our service. Still, within this group too, their backgrounds and reasons for using NEC vary. It may be they enrol with us in order to guarantee an exam place for their child. Some may take all their GCSEs and A levels with us, while others only take one or two subjects.
With all that has been going on lately in Westminster, you would be forgiven if this story had passed you by. However due to the enormity of its potential impact - particularly in the current climate of Brexit uncertainty - NEC did not want it to go by without comment.
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