Congratulations to Newcastle College’s Jessica Seccombe, who has received the Outstanding Personal Tutor Award 2021 from the Further Education Tutorial Network (FETN).

The award honours tutors who deliver an extraordinary service to students and their learning community and recognises those who support individual learners to success and the impact they can have on people’s academic and personal lives.

FETN is the UK’s leading professional body for managers and practitioners of tutorial provision across the Further Education and Training sector. As part of the network, Newcastle College works collaboratively with other colleges to share best practice on student tutorials.

Jessica, a Travel and Tourism Programme Leader and Personal Tutor at Newcastle College, was nominated for the award by the College.

Receiving her award, Jessica commented: “It was such a surprise to find out that I had been nominated for the award; to play even a small part in a learner's journey, and then watch them develop and progress is rewarding in itself.

“It is the collective work of the Travel and Tourism department which creates the supportive environment for our learners, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Principal Scott Bullock added: “We are thrilled that Jessica has been named Outstanding Personal Tutor of 2021.

“Our student tutorial programme is a vital part of our learner experience, providing them with support to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours and succeed in their learning.

“Jessica is a positive and professional colleague and I am delighted that her dedication has been recognised with this fantastic achievement. She is an asset to the college, to learners and to their families, demonstrating commitment and compassion within her role as a Personal Tutor, with a natural ability to inspire learners to achieve their full potential.

“Jessica has also been a valuable source of support to other tutors at Newcastle College, sharing her ideas and innovative approaches and actively undertaking continuous professional development to enhance her skills and experience. She is a fantastic example of the role a Personal Tutor can play in a learner’s journey and this award is thoroughly deserved.”