Nacro has an Ofsted Good rating

In 2019, inspectors found that:

“Nacro leaders, managers and staff hold high ambitions for learners that help them make good progress, achieve well and take positive next steps in their education and employment.”

Inspectors observed that:

“Teachers guide learners skilfully to make important small steps in their learning. This gives learners the confidence and belief that they can achieve”

And Inspectors highlighted the achievements and behaviours of learners:

“Learners grow in confidence and develop their personal and social skills rapidly. They behave well and treat each other with respect.”

Read Ofsted’s 2019 report for Nacro.


young people and adults supported annually in the community



of our students immediately progress to further training or work



of students would recommend Nacro to friends or family

We have a network of 18 Education and Skills Centres across the country, plus a further education college. We also deliver specialist education and skills in two Secure Mental Health Units and a Secure Training Centre. We provide tailored programmes – including technical, vocational and English and maths qualifications – to young people aged 14-19 and for disadvantaged adults. We partner with local employers to give young people the hands-on experience and skills they need to succeed in life.

Despite the challenges that our students face – such as dysfunctional family life, behavioural problems, mental health issues and substance misuse – we support them to ensure that they aren’t permanently disadvantaged in future.

We are optimistic for the people we help but we could do more, including providing mentoring, skills for self-employment, digital learning and work placements with businesses, and supporting young women who have experienced domestic violence.

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