Fircroft College has been shortlisted for both Teacher of the Year and Professional Services Team of the Year at the Tes FE Awards 2020.

Our tutor Mandy Gutsell has been nominated on behalf of the college to receive this year's Teacher of the Year Award. Mandy teaches a variety of personal and social development courses at the college including Anger Management, Coaching, Mentoring and Bereavement and Loss. One of the reasons why Mandy is such an outstanding staff member is that her work in the classroom is continually informed by her professional practice, as she also runs her own coaching, mentoring and supervision business called KNOWlimits. 

Mandy Gutsell - Tutor      

Mandy Gutsell- Tutor 

In 2018/19 Mandy worked with 271 learners, of whom 259 achieved certification (96%). Many ensures her feedback to learners gives an insight into their learning process and tracks in detail the progress each learner makes in terms of their confidence, attitude, skills and mental health.

Beyond her own learners, Mandy has brought about positive change internally by collaborating with colleagues on curriculum development as part of her Institute of Leadership and Management change project.


SET Event 2019 

Mandy has also played a big part in managing key projects such as the Free Thinking programme at Fircroft and the Society for Education Training Events (SET).

 "I love networking and I think it is important to be working with other partners. I also feel very passionate about FE and learning, as well as engaging with professionals and upskilling so we can be the best we can be in the field"  - Mandy Gutsell, Tutor. 


Free Thinking Evening 2019

We're also delighted to announce that our HR team have been shortlisted for the Professional Services Team of the Year Award 2020. Our HR team is lead by Head of People and Commercial Development Lisa Tomlinson. Lisa and her team have had a very successful year demonstrated by Fircroft winning the Investors in People Best Newcomer Award 2019.    


Lisa Tomlinson - Head of People and  Commercial Development                                                                  

The Professional Services Team of the Year Award is all about showing recognition to the administration services for all their hard work behind the scenes at colleges and FE providers. 

                                              Lisa at the Investors in People Awards 2019

 “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement" - Tes FE editor Stephen Exley 

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 20 March 2020.