Student Life

Life as a student can be complicated.

There are a whole range of pressures you may experience that you might not have considered before. You may be in a new area and find it difficult to access local services, find your way around or participate in local faith or cultural communities. The welfare department offers a range of support to overcome these potential challenges.

We also publish an ‘Inclusion Calendar’ each month which reflects major faith and cultural events.

Accommodation

Finding somewhere to live can be a minefield! There are many types of accommodation available, including individual or shared rooms, bedsits, flats, house-shares and houses. What accommodation would suit you would depend on your personal circumstances, but here are a few pointers:

Deposits: landlords are legally required to put deposits from tenants in a Deposit Holding Scheme – which is an independent organisation – and provide written confirmation of this to the tenant. As of 1st June 2019 landlords are no longer able to hold more than the equivalent of five weeks rental as a deposit, irrespective of when the deposit was taken.

Safety: rental properties are also required to have up to date gas safety certification, fire alarms etc. You should also consider how you would be able to exit the property in an emergency.

Commuting: You should also consider how you will be able to get from your accommodation to your study location, and the access it has to other essential services.

For more information, or for help sorting out your accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact the support services department on 020 8570 7766 or welfare@nletrust.org

Banks & Finance

There are a number of options available to you if you wish to open an account in the UK, both banks and building societies. The support services department is happy to support you in this process, and maintains a list of local branches of most major banks and building societies. Please note, we do not recommend individual services, but will help you find what is best for you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8570 7766 or welfare@nletrust.org

Transport

It can be difficult and confusing getting around by public transport. There are a number of websites you can use with maps and timetables. These include:

The support services department is happy to support you in finding your way around. Please note, we do not recommend individual services, but will help you find what is best for you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8570 7766 or welfare@nletrust.org

Doctors and Dentists

If you are living in the UK, you will be expected to register with a local doctor’s surgery (a GP). This is important should you need medical treatment and if you are unable to attend your classes due to illness we may request evidence from a GP. The support services department is happy to support you in this process, and maintains a list of local GP surgeries and dentists. Please note, we do not recommend individual services, but will help you find what is best for you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8570 7766 or welfare@nletrust.org

For emergency medical attention, please dial 999 or attend your local accident and emergency department if you are able to do so. If you require non-urgent medical advice please contact your GP, call NHS 111 or visit the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/ -for health and lifestyle advice.

Schools and Childcare

It can be difficult trying to balance childcare needs with your study commitments, be it baby-sitting, nursery services or securing school places for your children. The student support department is happy to support you in this process, and maintains a list of local schools and nursery services. Please note, we do not recommend individual services, but will help you find what is best for you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8570 7766 or welfare@nletrust.org

Diversity and Inclusion

We are a diverse community at New London Educational Trust and we will treat everyone equally and fairly. All ages, races, sexes, religions, abilities are welcome. To support the Equality Act (2010), it is the policy of nlet that we give an equal opportunity to everyone, and we ask all learners to show similar respect to others. This includes a person’s:

  • Race or ethnic background.
  • Gender (male, female and transgender)
  • Age (except where that is a condition of government funding)
  • Religion (including those with no religion)
  • Sexual orientation (straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual etc.)
  • Disability (including unseen disabilities and mental health/learning difficulties),
  • Family status
  • Political views

No-one should use bad language or share offensive material. All forms of harassment are unacceptable and we will take action against those who break this rule.

We will also try to make sure that we reflect our diverse community in our learning material and actively celebrate our diversity together.

Religion and Faith

At nlet we are a supportive and inclusive community. We have members from many faith backgrounds as well as those with none. We will actively celebrate this diversity within the classroom and respect each other’s beliefs. We will, wherever feasible, support the inclusion of quiet spaces for prayer and reflection. We will also attempt to accommodate religious festivities in the planning of work and submission wherever possible. During certain events, such as Ramadan, additional resources may be provided to support learners’ ability to practice their faith.

Contact the student support department on welfare@nletrust.org for details of places of worship in your area. Please note, we do not recommend individual services, but will help you find what is best for you.

Inclusion Calendar

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