The most outstanding providers, teams and individuals in the further education sector have been recognised at the TES FE Awards 2016.
About 600 guests gathered for the ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London last Friday.
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi was the host for the awards, in which more than 100 institutions and individuals were shortlisted across 14 different categories.
Two new awards were introduced this year: the apprenticeship programme of the year title went to Exeter College, while Hereford Sixth Form College was named sixth-form college of the year.
Hereford went head to head with the FE college of the year, Bridgwater College, and the training provider of the year, ELATT Connected Learning, for the overall FE provider of the year gong.
ELATT, which also claimed the employer engagement award, took the flagship prize to seal its third win of the evening. The judges described ELATT as an “outstanding initiative generating great respect in East London for its work”, adding that it had made a “remarkable impact with a difficult area and cohort”.
Anthony Harmer, chief executive of ELATT, told TES: “It’s very overwhelming. It’s very humbling. And it’s really a credit to all my colleagues, because they are the ones doing the job day in, day out in the classroom, helping students do well.”
The teacher of the year title was won by Paul McTernan, complex needs course manager at Barnet and Southgate College.
Gateshead College principal Judith Doyle was named FE leader of the year. Since she was appointed in 2013, the college has improved from Ofsted grade 3 to grade 1. “I’m overwhelmed, proud and delighted,” she said. “I’m proud to be the leader of a fantastic team and of the work that we do for our students.”
‘I’m really thrilled’
Individual recognition was also given to Cathy Walsh, the former principal of Barking and Dagenham College, who won the lifetime achievement award for her commitment to her community and students.
“I thought I was here to support my own college and their nomination [for best teaching and learning initiative] but I’m really honoured,” she said. “I’m really thrilled about it and I dedicate it to FE, because FE is great.”
Hackney Community College won the support for learners award, while the contribution to the local community title went to East Kent College. Also celebrating were Forth Valley College (best teaching and learning initiative award), Highbury College (outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning) and City and Islington College (marketing/communications campaign of the year).
The winners in full
Lifetime achievement Cathy Walsh, Barking and Dagenham College
Support for learners Hackney Community College
Contribution to the local community East Kent College Highly commended: Hackney Community College
Best teaching and learning initiative Forth Valley College
Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning Highbury College Highly commended: Reading College
Marketing/communications campaign of the year City and Islington College
Employer engagement ELATT Connected Learning
Apprenticeship programme of the year Exeter College
Teacher of the year Paul McTernan, Barnet and Southgate College
FE leader of the year Judith Doyle, Gateshead College
FE college of the year Bridgwater College
Training provider of the year ELATT Connected Learning
Sixth-form college of the year Hereford Sixth Form College
Overall FE provider of the year ELATT Connected Learning