Abingdon & Witney College shortlisted for trio of national awards

    It’s been announced that Abingdon & Witney College is in the running to win in three categories at the 2018 Times Educational Supplement Further Education (Tes FE) Awards.

    The shortlist of nominations has been unveiled ahead of next year’s awards ceremony on 23 February at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

    Now in their seventh year and held in association with the Education and Training Foundation, the awards “celebrate excellent and innovative practice across the further education sector” and receive hundreds of applications every year.

    The black-tie ceremony will see colleges, training providers and principals from across the UK recognised in 15 categories covering everything from work in the local community, to individual categories such as Teacher of the Year and FE Leader of the Year.

    Specialist Provider of the Year is a new category this year and the College has been shortlisted for its work with students who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), leading the way in developing Oxfordshire’s approach to Supported Internships and preparing young people for the world of work and adult life.

    The other two categories in which the College hopes to come away with awards are Professional Services Team of the Year and Contribution to the Local Community, the latter of these recognising the College’s proactive approach to community engagement though student-led social action projects and bespoke county-wide adult learning provision.

    Tes FE editor Stephen Exley says: “We were absolutely thrilled that the number of entries this year exceed our previous record by a quarter, which reflects the growing stature of the Tes FE Awards.

    “Our expert panel of judges was extremely impressed with the calibre of entries and I look forward to celebrating the excellence that exists across the FE sector. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted entrants.”

    The College’s principal, Di Batchelor, was delighted with the news, saying: “It never ceases to amaze me how much passion and effort our staff and students put into making the College what it is today. To receive three Tes FE Award nominations, one of the most recognisable national accolades in the sector, is truly fantastic, especially having been nominated for two awards at the 2017 ceremony.

    “We’ve had a very successful 2017; winning at the Association of Colleges Beacon Awards, having the highest Level 3 achievement rates in England, and coming away from an Ofsted inspection with an overall ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ apprenticeships – so to end the year with this news is brilliant.”

    (December 2017)

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