"I am very honoured, flattered and amazed to be given the prestigious award for lifetime achievement. I would like to thank the colleagues who nominated me and those who have supported me through my career. It has been a privilege to work with the wonderful and innovative further education institutions in Wales. Further education puts learners first and is central to the successful social and economic performance of Wales"
“We’re delighted to have received this recognition from our colleagues in the education sector. We are proud of the work we have done to build a progressive, inventive and fun emerging talent business. The TES FE awards promote high standards in further education and bring together the most exciting and inspiring individuals and institutions in the sector – and it was an honour to be part of that!"
Matt Hamnett, CEO, the Hart Learning Group
"We’re humbled to receive this amazing award. Having your efforts recognised brings great satisfaction especially when you are being judged by education experts against other fantastic colleges. The TES Awards evening itself was a truly joyful celebration of excellence in education and then to come to work this morning and congratulate our hardworking staff and students on this achievement has been a delight!"
Louise Tipping, Principal, Winstanley
"I've been lucky enough to work at a college with great teams that have won many major accolades and shared excellent inspection success over many years. Winning the TES FE leader was up there with the very top achievements and means so much to me as an ex-FE student, who has worked in FE for over 30 years and been a Principal/CEO since 2004. Winning the award against so many other worthy winners, and with it being presented at such a prestigious event for the FE sector in the UK, made it so special, and literally brought me to tears. Thank you for arranging such a great evening, and thank you to my team and to my Chair of Governors for nominating me"
David B Jones OBE, Chief Executive, Coleg
"It feels wonderful to be recognised by the TES Awards and especially to be the inaugural winners in a new category. The Professional Services Team of the Year Award highlights the work of people who might otherwise go unnoticed despite their huge contribution to the success and wellbeing of learners. At a national level, the TES Awards do much to promote higher standards in our sector; on a personal level, they highlight the hard work and dedication of our amazing people"
Terry Jones, Principal
& CEO, Peterborough College
"It was such a privilege seeing all the dedication to FE education around the UK. We were thrilled to be shortlisted... and so to win our category was beyond our dreams. It will be treasured by all our wonderful students and staff - and will be an uplifting message of recognition for our innovation and putting inquisitive minds at the very heart of teaching & learning"
Derek Johnson, Head of School of Art and Design, West Suffolk College
"The TES FE Awards have rapidly established themselves as a landmark event in the education calendar – a fantastic opportunity for us to come together and celebrate everything that is innovative and excellent in this wonderful, diverse sector of ours.
That’s why the Education and Training Foundation was delighted to be approached to be headline sponsor of the 2015 Awards, and why I, in particular, was thrilled to be asked to join the judging panel.
Since joining the Foundation as chief executive, I’ve been travelling up and down the country, meeting inspiring college principals at the helm of large, complex organisations at the very heart of the local economies they serve, innovative training providers forging new and exciting relationships with employers so as to deliver training that’s bang up to date with industry needs; teachers and trainers striving to deliver innovative, technology-savvy learning to adult career changers and learners with SEND and, of course, the inspiring and engaging learners whose lives and futures we are here to transform.
All that remains is for me to wish all of you the best of luck with your award applications! I never cease to be amazed, and inspired, by the dedication and imagination shown by the people who make our sector what it is today – a great place to work, our social and economic lifeblood, and a source of great pride"
David Russell, Chief executive, The Education and Training Foundation
“It is the biggest tribute to the dedication and skill of our students and staff we could receive. The impact of the award can be measured through the empowering of our students to strive for further achievements and the sense of pride they feel through being part of a successful institution”
Ken Warman, principal, BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College, Hackney
“As the organisation that is tasked with driving excellence across the further education and skills sector, it is fitting that we are supporting these accolades that highlight the exceptional work that is taking place within our sector. These awards will recognise the sector’s innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to teaching, learning, leadership and management. In addition, they will highlight practices that will provide the sector with something to learn from and aspire to.”
Rob Wye, chief executive, Learning and Skills Improvement Service
"Walsall College were delighted to receive the TES FE Award for ‘Provider of the Year, 2014’, which recognised the hard work and dedication of all staff and Governors, and is a truly great accolade to the College community, its partners, employers and students. It was an honour to receive this national award, as well as a testament to the College’s holistic passion and approach towards high quality teaching, learning and assessment, where both staff and students share a desire to achieve and succeed. Currently, many College staff members actively promote a culture of continuous improvement with the desire to go beyond ‘Outstanding’ teaching, learning and assessment, as well as increasing the life opportunities available for all students. Since receiving the award, many providers from all over the United Kingdom have visited the College and attended our dissemination events; we have been proud to share our good practice with these visitors, in terms of leadership and management, teaching, learning and assessment, quality and improvement, performance management and effective use of learning technologies. To be recognised at a national level has been a privilege and the College would like to thank the Times Education Supplement (TES)"
Jayne Holt, assistant principal, Learning Services - Walsall College