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TES FE Awards 2017: shortlist revealed

After a record number of entries, we reveal the shortlist for the TES FE Awards 2017

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After a record number of entries, we reveal the shortlist for the TES FE Awards 2017

The best institutions and individuals in further education have been recognised in the shortlist for the TES FE Awards 2017.

The prestigious awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the dedication of leading colleges, providers, teams and individual staff to their learners.

After our judges sifted through a record number of entries – up by a third compared with last year – today, TES can reveal who has made it through to the final shortlist.

The winners in the 14 categories will be announced in a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane on 24 February. The recipient of the prestigious award for lifetime achievement will also be announced on the night. And the winners of the FE college, training provider and sixth-form college categories will vie for the flagship prize of overall FE provider of the year.

This year’s ceremony will include two new awards – professional services team of the year and assessor of the year – which were created to recognise the hard work of teams in administration and back-office roles, and the part that assessors play in the growing apprenticeship programme.

‘Champions of further education’

TES FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Our judges have been extremely impressed with the high quality and quantity of entries we have received this year. Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist – we look forward to seeing you on 24 February.”

Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon, who will be attending the ceremony, said: “Further education is one of the most important tools we have to give millions of people the education, skills and jobs for the future. That’s why it’s important to celebrate our FE sector, and the excellent work that is going on in colleges across England delivering quality training.

“Congratulations to everyone up for an award at the TES FE Awards 2017. You are champions of further education and play a vital role in ensuring that people of all backgrounds get on the ladder of opportunity to fulfil their potential. Thank you also to TES for making these awards such a success.”

The TES FE Awards 2017 will be held on 24 February at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane. For more information and to book tickets, visit

TES FE Awards shortlist 2017

Teacher of the year

  • Vicky Close, Huddersfield New College
  • Brian Douglas, Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Lorraine Kemp, Thurrock Adult Community College
  • Judith Larsen, Bedford College
  • Claire Marsh, the Manchester College
  • Emma Nevin, Novus
  • Anne Pickering, South Cheshire College
  • James Tarling, Exeter College

FE leader of the year

  • David Jones, Coleg Cambria
  • Hilda Koon, the Manchester College
  • Paul Little, City of Glasgow College
  • Hayley Lomas, Bradford College
  • Lee Lucas, Fashion Retail Academy
  • Sam Parrett, London South East Colleges
  • Mohammed Ramzan, John Ruskin College
  • Lindsey Whiterod, South Tyneside College

FE college of the year

  • Bishop Burton College
  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • Coleg Cambria
  • Exeter College
  • Gateshead College
  • Glasgow Kelvin College
  • South Tyneside College
  • Truro and Penwith College

Training provider of the year

  • Creative Learning Partners
  • Fashion Retail Academy
  • Haddon Training
  • HIT Training
  • Icon Training
  • MPCT
  • Open Study College
  • Training 2 Care UK

Sixth-form college of the year

  • Birkenhead Sixth Form College
  • The Blackpool Sixth Form College
  • Hills Road Sixth-Form College
  • Huddersfield New College
  • Joseph Chamberlain College
  • Richard Huish College
  • St John Rigby College
  • Winstanley College

Support for learners

  • Barking and Dagenham College
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Bridgend College
  • Gateshead Council
  • Glasgow Clyde College in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow City Council Education Department
  • Newcastle College
  • New College Durham

Contribution to the local community

  • Ayrshire College
  • Barking and Dagenham College
  • East Kent College
  • ELATT Connected Learning
  • Manchester Adult Education Service
  • The Manchester College
  • Merthyr Tydfil College
  • West Lothian College

Best teaching and learning initiative

  • Activate Learning
  • Christ the King Sixth-Form College
  • Creative Learning Partners
  • ELATT Connected Learning
  • Gower College Swansea
  • Petroc
  • South Eastern Regional College
  • West Suffolk College

Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment

  • Abingdon and Witney College
  • Barton Peveril College
  • Basingstoke College of Technology
  • Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
  • Hartpury College
  • Heart of Worcestershire College
  • Loughborough College
  • Uxbridge College

Marketing/communications campaign of the year

  • Exeter College
  • Hart Learning and Development
  • Lewisham Southwark College
  • National Extension College
  • Newcastle College
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme College
  • Pembrokeshire College
  • Westminster Kingsway College

Employer engagement

  • Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Derwentside College
  • Fashion Retail Academy
  • Hull College Group
  • Ingeus Training
  • South Devon College
  • Warwickshire College
  • West Lothian College

Assessor of the year

  • Daniel Armstrong, HIT Training
  • Mike Chick, Bridgend College
  • Yvonne Evans, Coleg Cambria
  • Rosie Gilmartin, Coleg Cambria
  • Karen Jones, Salford City College
  • Dean Moorhouse, Newcastleunder-Lyme College
  • Nicola Smith, Derwentside College
  • Coral Yorston, UK Training and Development

Professional services team of the year

  • Barking and Dagenham College
  • Canterbury College
  • City and Islington College
  • Dundee and Angus College
  • Exeter College
  • Highbury College
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme College
  • Peterborough Regional College

Apprenticeship programme of the year

  • Abingdon and Witney College
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • City College Plymouth
  • Craven College
  • Icon Training
  • Pendennis Shipyard
  • Warwickshire College
  • West Lothian College

This is an edited article from the 16 December edition of TES. Subscribers can read the full article here. This week's TES magazine is available in all good newsagents. To download the digital edition, Android users can click here and iOS users can click here

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