It’s been an exciting week for London South East Colleges, with the college being selected as a finalist for two separate national awards. This includes being selected as ‘commended’ in two categories by the Association of Colleges for its prestigious Beacon Awards 2019/20 AND one of its apprentices being announced as a finalist in the AoC Student of the Year Awards.

The College met the AoC Beacon Award Standard for both the Edge Award for Excellence in Real Life Learning and the City & Guilds Award for Engagement with Employers. Entries were judged against a wide framework, with colleges having to demonstrate high levels of innovation, impact and sustainability.

London South East Colleges’ entry for the Edge Award highlighted its innovative hospitality provision, which is centred on the commercially-run BR6 Restaurant in Orpington and Greenwich. This entry was deemed strong enough by judges to go through to the next round of the awards. 

Shortlisted colleges will find out in November if they have been selected to go through to the third and final round – with overall winners set to be announced in February next year.

More good news followed with the announcement that London South East Colleges’ apprentice, Lauren Polson (19) has been selected as a finalist in the AoC’s Student of the Year Awards - in the Apprentice of the Year category.

Lauren joined London South East Colleges when she was just 14. She recently completed her apprenticeship at the College’s BR6 Restaurant and has now secured an exciting role with international hospitality employer, D&D London.  

Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, Dr Sam Parrett says: “We focus on ensuring our students have the best possible experience and are fully prepared for a range of exciting careers when they leave us. It is fantastic that our successful approach has been recognised externally.

“Being awarded commended status by the AoC for two Beacon Awards and seeing one of our amazing apprentices shortlisted for Student of the Year is testament to the dedication of all our staff and students. I am delighted for them all and very much hope we are successful in the next stages of both competitions.”

Having been announced as a finalist in the AoC Student of the Year Awards, Lauren Polson adds: “I was so pleased just to be nominated for this award and can’t believe I have now reached the finals! I chose to come to college at the age of 14 as I knew I wanted to learn real skills doing something I was passionate about – and this wasn’t possible at my old school. 

“I have taken advantage of every opportunity the College has offered me in order to improve my skills.  I have worked really hard over the past five years to gain both qualifications and experience. 

“My dedication has paid off and I was delighted to secure a role with D&D London in its talent team – recruiting staff for all its sites around the UK and internationally.

“I want to inspire other young people and show them that you should always follow your passion and your career goals.”

Steve Frampton, President of the Association of Colleges, said: “The standard of entries this year was incredibly high and all the nominated students deserve praise for the contribution they make to their colleges. It is inspiring to hear the stories from a range of students and colleges each year and the awards are an opportunity to highlight their outstanding achievements. The finalists this year have done fantastically well to reach this stage and I look forward to seeing them all at the awards evening at annual conference.”

The AoC Student of the Year winners will be announced on Tuesday 19 November in an evening of celebration during the Association of Colleges’ Annual conference. The evening and annual conference showcases the ways that colleges are transforming the lives of more than two million people across England and how vital colleges are to the future of the British economy in the 21st century.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

SERC has published a new article: Foundation Degree Opens Up Options for Nicole 15 hours 5 minutes ago
FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 15 hours 24 minutes ago

Britain’s construction training body pledges pre-Covid rates: The training body for British construction is proposi…
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page