east-kent-collegeEast Kent College’s Director of Student Support has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual TES FE Awards.

Jayne Walker started working in the further education sector in 1976. Since then she has been unwavering in her determination to get the best possible outcomes for all students, resulting in her student support team being recognised by inspectorate Ofsted as an outstanding feature of the college.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises both the well-known figures who change the course of further education and the devoted staff whose exceptional service touches the lives of generations of students.

The judges felt that Jayne’s contribution to the sector over almost four decades made her a worthy recipient.

In one of many heartfelt testimonies submitted by those who have worked alongside Jayne over the years, her former colleague said: “She is truly tireless in her efforts to do the right thing, to do the best for the students and the organisation.”

“She really is an unsung hero,” the judges agreed.


Jayne’s victory was witnessed by more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, on Friday 28 February.

Anne Leese, Deputy Principal at East Kent College, commented: “The award is thoroughly deserved and we are all delighted for Jayne. For 37 years she has dedicated her working life to ensuring support is in place to help students overcome the diverse range of barriers and challenges that can impede their success. Her passion and empathy is infinite.”

Now in their third year, the TES FE Awards recognise and reward the achievements of the wide range of providers working in learning and skills. Hundreds of FE providers submitted entries for the 13 categories to recognise achievement in employer engagement, innovation in teaching, leadership and entrepreneurship.



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