TES FE Awards 2014

The winners were announced on 28 February 2014. Congratulations to all.

To view the TES FE Awards 2014 winners list please click here

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The Times Educational Supplement is pleased to announce its third annual TES FE Awards. The awards recognise the dedication and expertise of the people who, on a daily basis make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners.

The awards are open to anyone working in the learning and skills sector, in an organisation which receives funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Scottish Funding Council (SFC), or the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA): colleges, work-based learning providers, adult and community learning providers, offenders learning establishments, and specialist designated institutes.

There are 13 categories for 2014, from which our judges will select the outstanding individuals and teams from the learning and skills sector.


WINNER: “I cannot say how happy we were to win the 'Outstanding Employer Engagement' category. We did not expect anything like that especially with all the other wonderful establishments shortlisted in this category. Gerard Kelly, TES Editor, said: “The entries were of an unbelievably high standard and reflected the innovation and ambition that are common in the sector but are too rarely recognised.” To even get shortlisted was a great achievement for us all at HMP Hewell. Staff in offender learning, skills and work often don't get the recognition that they deserve, in particular working with people who, in many cases, formal education and society have let down. This is excellent recognition for a most dedicated, hard working team of staff at HMP Hewell who very often turn the lives of those deemed 'disengaged' and 'disaffected' into law abiding, hard working citizens. The evening at the LG Arena topped off a somewhat intensive few weeks for us all at HMP Hewell. The recognition received from the TES FE Awards coincided with written feedback from an ‘unannounced’ Ofsted inspection, that stated the following under the area of Management of learning and skills and work: ‘Excellent partnership working, supporting quality improvements and providing learning and work opportunities for prisoners’. I hope HMP Hewell’s achievements will encourage other custodial establishments to complete an application form. By doing this, it enables you to bring to the fore achievements attained for a prolonged period of time and to recognise a large team of people.”  
Darryl Jones, HMP Hewell, Outstanding Employer Engagement 2012

WINNER: “Being presented with the TES FE Award 2012 for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community is a true honour and a powerful recognition of our work. We had been dedicated to helping people to maximise opportunities of London 2012, since London won the bid to host the Games. This included helping people to get qualified and get work at the Games, to volunteer, perform or simply be inspired.  When the summer of 2012 was upon us, and we looked back at all that we’d achieved, we were encouraged to put forward a nomination for the TES FE Awards. We were thrilled to be announced the winning college in this important category. The award has helped us to raise the profile of the results of our work, including the great achievements of members of our local communities in playing their own roles in the ‘greatest show on earth’. Winning the TES FE Award has helped us to keep up the momentum and we’re now focused on making sure that local people can take advantage of the many opportunities of the Legacy of the Games. We’re working with organisations that are moving into the Olympic Park and with other influential partners, to help to create a meaningful Legacy of sustainable employment for local people. FE colleges are well-placed to be powerful and responsive resources for our local communities. Picking up our prestigious, (and very lovely) national award at such a momentous occasion, and hearing the judges’ comments, brought home to us that we really can, and have, made a difference.”  
Ian Ashman, Hackney Community College, Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community 2012
WINNER: For Exeter College to have been recognised by the TES FE Awards as the Outstanding Provider of the Year is an honour, there were so many other worthy contenders! The winning is particularly important to our college as it provides learning opportunities of the highest quality for so many people from such different backgrounds, with different interests and needs.  The award reflects the recognition among the wider Devon public, not just those within Exeter, who come here in ever increasing numbers, knowing that this is the place to come to for great education and training.  It is our learners and partners who are the true winners. The whole college community: students; parents; staff; governors; partners and all those with an interest, feel a sense of pride in what has been achieved, so far.  On behalf of all members of Exeter College, I should like to thank the “Times Educational Supplement”.  
Malcolm Walsh, Exeter College, Outstanding Provider of the Year 2012

WINNER: “We were delighted to receive the award of Outstanding HR Team 2012 which recognises the hard work and efforts of an excellent team of staff.  As a result of this recognition we have been contacted by a number of Colleges throughout the UK who have been particularly interested in how we achieve such low sickness absence rates.  Our average absence rate is only 2% which is well below the sector average and is undoubtedly down to good health and wellbeing support for our staff and a ethos of strong team work and a college community culture where everyone feels supported by managers and colleagues.  Whatever role a staff member holds the message that our learners’ needs come first is strongly embedded and as such there is clear correlation between staff performance and learner outcomes.  Our partnerships with the local community is also a great aspect of the work that we do and was an important development area contained in our submission for the TES Awards.  The enthusiasm from staff who took part in our ‘Make a Difference Day’ in 2012 was amazing and over 200 people took part in volunteering activities throughout the county.  This enhanced the profile of the College, team working and staff morale as well as really making a difference to our local community through such activities as beach cleans, DIY SOS, garden make-overs and charity events.”  
Kathryn Robson, Pembrokeshire College, Outstanding Human Resources Team 2012
WINNER: “For Exeter College, winning the award from the Times Educational Supplement for Outstanding Leadership in Learning and Skills was a great accolade, it marks years of hard work and commitment at a time when outstanding Leadership & Governance is identified by Ofsted as one of the key ingredients required to achieve and sustain an outstanding rating.  What makes this award so unique is that it is not just for one particular facet of leadership, which provided us as a tertiary college with the opportunity to talk about the impact each element of leadership has on teaching, learning and student success.  The fact that it assessed by peers within the sector makes winning all the more special; clearly the award is testament to outstanding partnerships and a team of exceptional staff with talented leaders at all levels.  The Times Educational Supplement FE Awards are the arguably the highest profile national awards in the FE sector and we are humbled and delighted by this recognition.”
John Laramy, Exeter College, Outstanding Leadership in Learning and Skills 2012

WINNER: “Winning the Outstanding Finance Team award has been a huge boost to both the team and the college. It is particularly pleasing that our contribution to wider college life was highlighted by the judges, as we enjoy, along with all our colleagues, working to achieve the college’s mission to raise aspiration, realise potential and inspire success in a diverse community through high quality education and training.”
Peter Walker, Peterborough Regional College, Outstanding Finance Team 2012

There are awards in 13 categories to recognise achievement by individuals, teams or providers in fields including e-learning, employer engagement, innovation in teaching, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifetime achievement.


Join those impressive individuals and groups who are testimony to the creativity, commitment and passion of our FE sector.

Awards and Gala Dinner

Took place on Friday 28 February 2014
The Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London