The 2021 Award Winners have been announced!

UKED Business Awards 2021

Welcome to the first UK Educators Business Awards. These prestigious awards are to recognise and celebrate the amazing educators that raise the bar in the education community. We want to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Educators over the last 12 months. What better way to do it than an Awards Ceremony!

Recognition by awards doesn’t just add credibility to a small business, but it raises awareness in the industry of good practice, and inspires others to raise their aspirations. Nominate businesses that stand out the crowd and let’s share how brilliant they are together!

Self-nominations are encouraged.

The UKED Business Awards 2021 are sponsored by Qualified Tutor

UKED Business Awards Evening 2021

THE Education Business Night of the Year!
Fri 10th Dec 6pm

Book Your Tickets Before Monday 6th Dec midday to receive the UKED Awards Booklet. The evening will feature a range of activities, including networking opportunities and a Keynote Speech from Kul Mahay, totled The Changing Face of Society.  
Let’s end the year with a celebration to remember!


There are 9 categories for this year’s UKED Awards, including:

  1. Inspiring STEM Educator of the Year 2021 
  2. Agency of the Year 2021
  3. Outstanding Leadership Award 2021
  4. Outstanding Home Education Tutor / Business 2021
  5. Outstanding SEN Educator of the Year 2021
  6. Best Educational Resources 2021
  7. Best Start-up of the Year 2021
  8. Outstanding Educator 2021
  9. Innovative Tutor of the Year 2021
Eligibility & Rules

The UK Educators Community Business Awards recognise the best in the education industry in the UK. Please note the following rules for eligibility of awards.

  1. Nominee’s and their businesses must be based in the UK. They may operate globally but their registered business address must be in the UK.
  2. Educators must be active in the past 12 months. The nominations must focus on the achievements over the last 12 months in particular
  3. Award Sponsors are not eligible to be nominated for awards they are asponsoring. They can be nominated for other award categories.
  4. Lead / partnership sponsors are not eligible for nominations.
  5. Syd and her associated businesses, UK Educators Communuty, Femtinos & UK Virtual School are not eligible for nominations.


  • The deadline for receiving entries is final and any nominations received after the deadline will not be considered
  • Businesses / Educators may nominate for as many categories they see fit
  • Finalists are selected based on the quality of their submission and at the discretion of UK Educators Community
  • Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winners will be contacted personally and awards posted out within a few weeks of the awards evening
  • Winners will be introduced to th award sponsor for their category for the coaching / mentoring offer. UK Educators Community is not responsible for the delivery of these sessions beyond making the first introduction.


The Winners will not only receive recognition, but will win coaching / mentoring from the sponsors who are part of the network of the UKED Community. How many of the sponsors do you recognise?


We are in search for sponsors – if you are interested, please reach out for an info pack:

Key Dates

Application Deadline: Monday 22nd November at 9pm

Finalists Announced: Week of the 29th November

Awards Evening: Friday 10th Dec 2021 at 6pm (online event). Early Bird Tickets available until Sunday 21st November. Book your tickets!

Need help with Nominating? Watch this video


Below is our panel of judges for this year’s UKED Business Awards 2021. All our judging is done independently by these individuals. Our entire panel is involved in the education sector in some capacity.

Melanie Grace

Andy Thomson
Design & Tech

Meena Wood
Ed Author

Mike Cargill
UK Stem


Dr Kathryn Murray
Future Strong Education

Rich Hurst
Education Advisor

Best Educational Resources 2021 – sponsored by Claire Clarke, I Am Claire Clarke (Branded Business Books)

This award is for individuals or businesses who have produced an innovative resource for students that has created impact. The resource could be an online course, a book, a subscription box or any physical or digital product (excluding live delivery online or face to face).


Radha Borthayre from Little Crafters Boxes
Laura McCartney & Hannah Canavan from Curious Little Monkeys Educational Resources
Jo Broadey from Bright Sky Tutoring

Claire Clarke

Claire Clarke helps business owners get their custom planners, journals etc in print without upfront printing cost or running cost and have it for sale on the biggest selling platform in the world. This includes everything from design to publishing onto amazon

Claire allows you to add an automated cog into your business, to grow the know like and trust, bring more clients into your world using the planners/in workbooks etc like a paid lead magnet bring clients over to buy your other offers as well as adding a passive income stream!

She works with course providers, consultants, coaches, therapists, wellness experts, accountants, VAs, Facebook Ads Specialists, copywriters, educators…if you take your clients on a journey from A to B then Branded planners and workbooks are what Claire loves to create. 


Laura McCartney & Hannah Canavan from Curious Little Monkeys Educational Resources

Inspiring STEM Educator of the Year 2021 – sponsored by Georgina Green, Green Tutors

This award recognises the outreach work and commitment from a STEM Educator in any of the STEM subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. The individual must demonstrate how they have inspired young people, especially those under-represented in the STEM fields, into developing a love for STEM subjects


Radha Borthayre from Little Crafters Boxes
Veronika Skye from Your Maths Tutor
Rupa Ahluwalia
from RSA Discovery
Dr Hephzi Tagoe
from TownSQ Learning Centre

Georgina Green

At Green Tutors we have been providing STEM tuition and career inspiration for GCSE and A level students since 2012. All of the tutors are working and/or studying in STEM fields themselves and build their experience into their lessons. A big part of what we do is encouraging young people to see their potential in STEM studies and break stereotypes and so this award is very important to us.


Dr Hephzi Tagoe from TownSQ Learning Centre

Agency of the Year 2021 – sponsored by Jemma Smith, Education Hotel

The Agency award recognises agencies who are committed to high quality education, CPD of tutors and show good levels of Tutor retention through building meaningful relationships. This award is open to new agencies as well as established.


Helen Kenworthy from The Complete Works
Laura Jeeves from Laura Jeeves – Private Teachers & Tutors
Deepika Pathak
from Drona Tutoring
Sandrine McLocklin 
from St George’s Tutors & Academy

Jemma Smith
Jemma Zoe Smith is an international tutor, education consultant and author. In September of 2019, after 8 years of private tutoring for agencies in the UK, she set up The Education Hotel – a tuition agency supporting students worldwide with academic tuition. Jemma, who turned 30 this year, has been asked to speak in publications such as the Independent, travelled all over the globe tutoring and consulting with families, and has recently started her second business – Top School and Uni education consultancy. She has a growing interest in financial independence and is on her way to becoming financially independent before the age of 40.
In the future Jemma hopes to support more people who wish to build their own businesses.


Helen Kenworthy from The Complete Works

Outstanding Leadership Award 2021 – sponsored by Kul Mahay, Ignite Your Inner Potential

The Leadership Award recognises an outstanding team leader who demonstrates emotional intelligence through their leadership. The individual must demonstrate qualities which contribute to excellent working relationships with their teams or partners.


Shola Alabi
Lucy Spencer from Education Boutique
Miguel de Sousa 
from Tutortoo Worcester

Kul Mahay

Kul Mahay has spent over 30 years in leadership. His passion for this area saw him rise to the ranks of Superintendent in the police service and since leaving he has worked with a multitide of organisations and industries on becoming outstanding as a leader through the mastery of emotional intelligence.  Kul has chosen to sponsor this award because he recognises the critical need for extraordinary leadership in education (and within our younger generations) in these unique times. 


Lucy Spencer from Education Boutique

Outstanding Home Education Tutor / Business 2021 – sponsored by Syd Femtinos, UK Virtual School

This award recognises the quality education delivered by a Tutor or Business specifically for Home Educating families, where the education has been adapted and tailored in response to feedback from home educators.


Daedalus Design Curriculums
Yvonne Mason from Yvonne Mason Tuition and Research
Hayley Hart 
from Home Ed. with Hayley
Helen Kenworthy from The Complete Works

Syd Femtinos

Syd is the founder of UK Virtual School, an online school for home educating families. She has worked with the home educating community for 11 years now, working with families across the country through her STEM business, Femtinos. 


Hayley Hart from Home Ed. with Hayley

Outstanding SEN Educator of the Year 2021 – sponsored by Lucy Spencer, Education Boutique

This award recognises the endless commitment of an individual to ensure the best educational outcomes for SEN children through their work as an educator. The individual must show continued efforts and have a track record of working with SEN children successfully


Kayleigh Rapson from Bright Sparks
Daniel Coster from JCK Martial Arts
Ceri Rhian Gage
from EnGage Education

Lucy Spencer

Lucy is the Founder of Education Boutique, and proud to be part of The Eteach Group. Lucy is Vice President of the Tutors’ Association and committed to collaborating with other educators to make some big waves in the future of education. She is a trusted advisor to families, schools and local authorities about supporting ASD and PD


Ceri Rhian Gage from EnGage Education

Best Start-up of the Year 2021 – sponsored by Rae Richards, Reveal Consultancy

This award is for new businesses, or educators who have started their business venture in the last 12 months. This award is to celebrate the achievement of turning an idea into a reality, against all odds.


Emma Purdy & Francesca Heaps from Just Learn
Sarah Logan from  Next Steps
Portia Smith
from Tutoring with Portia
Andrea Gadsbey 
from Hope Tuition Clinic

Rae Richards
Rae Richards helps business owners to create a captivating, clever & consistent business & brand using the understanding of The Archetypes. They can then intentionally design a brand that reveals their remarkable and magnetically attract their ideal client with ease & grace allowing them to live the life of their dreams”



Portia Smith from Tutoring with Portia

Outstanding Educator 2021 – sponsored by Alex McCann, Altrincham HQ

The Outstanding Educator Award recognises dedicated tutors, teachers, and educational business owners who show excellent awareness of their strengths and areas to develop.


Julie Read from Portfolio Oomph
Charlotte Watson from Wonderlearn
Amanda Cremona
from AJC Tutoring
Emily Smart 
from Smart Choice Tutors

Alex McCann

Alex McCann is owner of Altrincham HQ – a social media management and training company based in Cheshire that has worked with 1000s of local businesses including, the BBC, Manchester City, NHS, Selfridges, Costa Coffee, United Utilities, University Of Manchester, Manchester Arndale and many more.
Altrincham HQ works with businesses across the UK on all aspects of Social Media including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and blogging for business success.


Amanda Cremona from AJC Tutoring

Innovative Tutor of the Year 2021 – sponsored by Julia Silver, Qualified Tutor

This award recognises a a tutor’s commitment to continual professional development to help keep their own learning and practice exciting and relevant through innovative strategies. This tutor shows a dedication to learn new ways of engaging their students to ensure they are able to keep their delivery fresh and inspiring.


Olivia A. Halsall from OLEA Education Ltd
Rachel Dodson from Beautiful Mindset Education
Jo Broadey
from Bright Sky Tutoring

Julia Silver
Julia Silver is the founder of Qualified Tutor, a grassroots movement led by tutors and school leaders to raise standards in the tutoring profession with training, community, and an independent quality mark.
We are hosting the Love Tutoring Festival again this coming Mon 24-Fri 28th January. This is a 5-day online festival for all tutors across the globe. Don’t miss out on the biggest party in tutoring.


Rachel Dodson from Beautiful Mindset Education

Lead Sponsor


We are proud to announce our lead sponsors for the 2021 UKED Business Awards, Qualified Tutor

Qualified Tutor is a grassroots movement led by tutors and school leaders to raise standards in the tutoring profession with training, community, and an independent quality mark. With an industry-leading Level 3 Award in Education & Training and a range of other training routes, we believe all tutors should have access to high-quality professional development.
We are hosting the Love Tutoring Festival again this coming Mon 24-Fri 28th January. This is a 5-day online festival for all tutors across the globe. Don’t miss out on the biggest party in tutoring.