Tes FE Awards 2021: The shortlist revealed

By Tes Reporter on 23 April 2021

Who will walk away with a Tes FE award this year? We reveal the shortlist of the best in the FE sector

Winning a Tes FE award from the comfort of your own living room does have its benefits, says Helena Good, of Edinburgh College, who was named FE teacher of the year in 2020. 

“I put on the dress that I would have worn with my slippers, and watched it with all of the family on Zoom,” she says. “The lovely thing about it was that normally if you win something and you're with seven other people who haven't, you're very aware of that. But when you're at home, you can scream.”

This year, owing to the pandemic, the Tes FE awards will once again be hosted remotely. With so much excellence to highlight across the sector, we hope you will join us by dusting off your glad rags and raising a glass in celebration.

Today, we can reveal the shortlist of those following in Good’s footsteps – here’s to screaming the house down when their names are announced at this year’s ceremony. 


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Tes head of FE Julia Belgutay said: “Further education providers have excelled in what has been a truly challenging year, and the amazing individuals, teams and institutions on our Tes FE Awards shortlist showcase that. Our judges were highly impressed with the calibre of entries and I want to congratulate everyone who has made the shortlist – it is a brilliant achievement."

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Tes FE Awards 2021: The shortlist in full 

Lifetime achievement
The winner of this award will be announced on the night.

Apprenticeship programme of the year

Best teaching and learning initiative

Contribution to the local community

Employer engagement

FE leader of the year

  • Sally Dicketts, Activate Learning
  • Simon Pirotte, Bridgend College
  • Nick Burnham, Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College
  • Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College Group
  • Stuart Rimmer, East Coast College
  • Lee Pryor, Luminate Education Group (Leeds City College)
  • Em Lowe, The Bedford College Group
  • Mouhssin Ismail, The Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

Outstanding GCSE resits provision

Outstanding use of technology in delivering remote teaching and learning

Professional services team of the year

Support for learners

Teacher of the year

  • Charlotte Perchard, Big Creative Academy
  • Esther Wilkey, Bradford College
  • Dr Jose Bravo, Christ the King Sixth Form
  • Paul Sparkes, Grimsby Institute
  • Andreas Anastasi, Hertford Regional College
  • Jack Maude, Milton Keynes College
  • Anthony Gascoigne, North Hertfordshire College
  • Vicki Banks, Walsall College

WorldSkills hero

  • Cyber security and IT team, Cardiff and Vale College
  • Jade Kidd
  • Nicola Grant-Rees, Gower College Swansea
  • Fitness team, HSDC
  • Jane Benefield, Moreton Morrell College
  • Colin Galley, New College Durham
  • Hospitality and catering team, South Eastern Regional College
  • Team HB, Southern Regional College

Adult and community learning provider of the year

FE college of the year

Training provider of the year

Sixth-form college of the year

Specialist provider of the year

Overall FE provider of the year

The winner of this award will be chosen from the winners of the FE college, training provider, sixth-form college, adult and community learning provider and specialist provider of the year categories and announced on the night.