Honouring the best of FE

12th February 2016 at 00:00
TES FE Awards shortlist celebrates the sector’s exceptional people and providers

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the further education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for this year’s TES FE Awards.

More than 100 providers, individuals and teams are in the running for 14 awards, which will be presented at a ceremony on Friday 22 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The prestigious awards celebrate those who have had an outstanding influence on post-16 education in their area. They are open to entries from anyone working in the learning and skills sector in the UK, and this year are being held in association with the Education and Training Foundation.

The 2016 awards will feature two new categories: apprenticeship programme of the year, which will honour the country’s best training initiatives, and sixth-form college of the year.

For the first time, the winners of the sixth-form college, FE college and training provider categories will compete for the overall provider of the year crown. The winner of the lifetime achievement category will also be announced on the night.

Last year, Weston College in Somerset was named college of the year and overall FE provider of the year. Principal Paul Phillips – nominated again this year for FE leader of the year – said that both staff and students had been “elated” about winning the awards, which, he said, had brought many benefits to the institution.

“The honour represents a credible endorsement of the ethos and approach that we have spent some 15 years embedding throughout Weston College: that of putting the learner first and foremost in everything that we do,” Dr Phillips added.

‘Groundbreaking work’

Last year’s FE leader of the year title was awarded to Mhairi Harrington, principal of West Lothian College in Scotland. She said that it was a privilege to be presented with the award, adding: “It is a testament from the community, which recognises the hard work of the college and its ambition for our learners.”

TES FE editor Stephen Exley commented: “The sheer range of entries for the 2016 TES FE Awards is a real showcase for the phenomenal work and groundbreaking initiatives that are going on within training providers and colleges throughout the UK.

“With area reviews spreading across the whole country, not to mention the impending apprenticeship levy and the skills devolution agenda on the way, it is the perfect time to highlight and celebrate the most exceptional individuals, teams and institutions that the sector has to offer.”

For more information about the awards, and to book your table at the ceremony, visit www.tesfeawards.co.uk

TES FE Awards shortlist 2016

Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning

Highbury College

Loughborough College

Reading College

South Staffordshire College

Barnsley College

Bedford College

Blackpool and the Fylde College

Lincoln College

Support for learners

Northern Regional College

Hackney Community College

Creative Learning Partners

Gateshead College

Barnsley College

Gower College Swansea

Havant Sixth Form College

Gloucestershire College

Employer engagement

Elatt Connected Learning

Northern Regional College

Creative Learning Partners

Dundee and Angus College

Cardiff and Vale College

Canterbury College

Edinburgh College

Forth Valley College

FE leader of the year

Sue Reed, City College Plymouth

Shelagh Legrave, Chichester College

Paul Phillips, Weston College

Judith Doyle, Gateshead College

Dawn Whitemore, New College Nottingham

Stewart McKillop, South Lanarkshire College

Best teaching and learning initiative

Forth Valley College

South Eastern Regional College

Westminster Kingsway College

Reading College

Creative Learning Partners

Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Barking and Dagenham College

The Cornwall College Group

Teacher of the year

Keith Rogers, Canterbury College

Minal Shah, Uxbridge College

Paul McTernan, Barnet and Southgate College

Kirsty Ratcliffe, the Sixth Form College Farnborough

Andrew Mason, the Sixth Form College Farnborough

Steve Tallis, Military Preparation College – MPCT

Verica Travar-Williams, Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Frank Carter, South Eastern Regional College

Contribution to the local community

Academy Transformation Trust

Ayrshire – Medics Against Violence project

Canterbury College and HMP Standford Hill

Central College Nottingham

East Kent College

Edinburgh College – community garden project

Hackney Community College

Northern Regional College

Marketing/communications campaign of the year

Blackburn College

Portsmouth College

Edinburgh College

Walsall College

South Essex College of Further and Higher Education

City and Islington College

Shrewsbury College

Barnet and Southgate College

Apprenticeship programme of the year

Exeter College

Walsall College

Warwickshire College Group

Forth Valley College

Bridgwater College

City College Plymouth

Activate Enterprise

Leicester College

Training provider of the year

TQ Training

Haddon Training

Blackpool and the Fylde College

Creative Learning Partners

Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT)

Focus Training

Learning Curve Group

Elatt Connected Learning

Sixth-form college of the year

Winstanley College

Hereford Sixth Form College

Christ the King Sixth Form College

Richard Huish College

Havant Sixth Form College

The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Long Road Sixth Form College

Portsmouth College

FE college of the year

Dundee and Angus College

City of Wolverhampton College

The College Merthyr Tydfil

Gower College Swansea

Derwen College

Blackpool and the Fylde College

Bridgwater College

Gateshead College

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