Headline Sponsor - The Education and Training Foundation 

"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