Newcastle College snaps up award for learner support

Newcastle College snaps up award for learner support

Posted On 1st March 2017 By Hannah Cox

Newcastle College is celebrating after being awarded the coveted title of "Best Support for Learners" at this year’s TES FE Awards.

The award, which was presented at a glittering, black-tie event, hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, was offered in recognition of the outstanding work delivered by Newcastle College’s Learner Support Service.

The judges were particularly impressed by the College’s Autism Academy, which they described as “well-thought-out and effective”. The service provides support to over 190 learners, across a range of entry-level courses through to higher education. The aim of the service is to support learner’s transition from school into college, and develop wider life skills to prepare learners for mainstream education and employment.

Speaking after the awards, Learner Support Manager Mark Hasenfuss said “It’s an absolute honour to receive this award! To be recognised by a prestigious organisation like TES is incredible. Creating an outstanding student experience that leads to progression and employment is at the heart of what we do, and it’s great to see that recognised. I am completely overwhelmed by this achievement and am so proud of everyone at the College who has contributed to our success.”

Hundreds of FE providers submitted entries for 16 award categories, which showcase success and innovation across the further education sector.

The awards were witnessed by over 600 people, gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements, at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 24 February.

For more coverage of the awards, the full list of winners and photos from the evening, please visit or pick up a copy of TES, available in newsagents from 3 March.