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We had some great news in the most recent edition of FE Week, the newspaper for the further education sector. Northampton College was rated joint second in its NICDEX, a ranking of all FE colleges in England. Here, we’re in pretty lofty company, with some of the very best UK colleges around us. The NICDEX uses UK data to rank colleges based on student and employer satisfaction as well as the proportion of younger and adult students who move on to good quality work or further study.
Today was my first experience of a Remembrance Day two minute silence.
It was really thoughtful and impressive to see my peers pay their respects.
Seeing students and staff with the poppy flower on their chests come together in the Courtyard was incredible. At the front our Public Services students saluted and marked in remembrance the lives that were lost during the war. I thought to myself this was really impressive and peaceful.
Beginning the process three students read a few words to the waiting crowd. One was read in Russian and the rest was English.
Make friends and support your fellow students. Here are a few top tips for helping shy or self-conscious students feel safe and supported.
• Why not try approaching students sitting alone in the canteen or in class. Remember, some people can appear unsociable or confidence, so it is important to reflect on your choice of words before making an approach.
• Talk about your hobbies first to help the person also talk about something. This helps to create a comfortable and friendly conversation where there is no tension.