This event was organised by SAGE Publishing and held at their premises in London to introduce my latest book: Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training.
I spoke about my journey into teaching and how I began writing books. Everyone received a free signed copy of the book and had a great time!
Feedback from the book launch event
"Philip and myself had the great pleasure to hear Ann Gravells speak of her journey into teaching and being an author. Like many, including our students, I find her books easy to read with all the essential content, for whatever Education and Training course one is studying, Award to Diploma. 17 books selling over 180,000 copies in 11 years in an area packed with good offerings, is a testament in itself to her books' lasting appeal to students and teachers alike. Thanks SAGE publishing and Ann for a delightful afternoon. Looking forward to the next book!" More detail can be seen at: https://www.eqcsolutions.com/news/ann-gravells-latest-book/
Chris Bowles EQC Solutions Ltd
"I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Ann's book launch last week. It was very interesting to hear of her journey as it is so similar to many people in Adult Education and Further Education. The trials and tribulations of her working life were fascinating and, in particular, the work of an EQA was so interesting. I have most of Ann's books in their various guises and they are all accessible, easy to read and so helpful, both for me and all of my students over the past years. It's a pity they didn't exist when I first started Teacher Education classes back in 1998. I was very proud to be asked to help with this new book and Ann's very kind words in the 'Acknowledgements' meant so much to me. I would love to help in such tasks again. Thanks you to Ann and Sage Publishing." Audrey Fairgrieve, Abingdon & Witney College
"The session was very informative and worthwhile. There was a massive opportunity of networking with like-minded people and it reminded me of my purpose to teach in the lifelong learning sector. Thanks Ann - what a brilliant session, please keep them coming." Jeminiyi Ogunkoya
Online feedback from delegates (below) was given anonymously, but where some chose to give their details this has been included.
Excellent event. Very informative. Anon
Great day, thank you for all of your hard work and support that went into the day. Sarah Green
It was a very enjoyable day and I learned some new information which will be useful in my line of work. Anon
Excellent. I have found out so much and made lots of contacts. Jonathan White
Relevant speakers providing a good update of the current situation - however unclear that may be! Anon
Very friendly and highly knowledgeable using an approach I could understand. Excellent! Shaun Tumilty
Considering it was the first time Ann and Hilary have put on an event like that, it all went pretty smoothly. I thought it was a good choice of speakers. Each subject was covered in sufficient detail, which was quite impressive given the fairly restrictive time frames for each speaker. All round, a fun and useful day. So, thank you to you both! Anon
Thank you for inviting us to attend the event. We really enjoyed meeting our members in such a collaborative and informative environment. Victoria Ibbitson, Executive Administrator, The Society for Education and Training.
I must say I feel really motivated, proud and happy that I attended and met both of you. I felt people could communicate in a welcoming environment. It was very professional, open minded and good, Ann and Hilary are both willing to share their knowledge. I absolutely loved it. It has been very beneficial to my role. A very big thank you to Ann and Hilary for putting this event together, it has been very developmental and it perfectly meets my learning needs. Jeminiyi Ogunkoya
A good range of speakers with opportunity to ask questions. Anon
Excellent delivery as always from Hilary and Ann. Great guest speakers too. Thank you for making things clearer and I feel more confident that I'm not alone going through this uncertain time! Louise Reed
Great content. Well presented and paced. Rick Mills
Feel more confident about my knowledge now. Anon
This was a brilliant event and I appreciated the informality and the opportunity to meet others in the same profession, and that feeling that you are not working in isolation. I was really grateful to attend and the lengths both Ann and Hilary went to with the resources (Padlet) and structure of the day. The way the talks were organised were really informative and answered what I suspect most of the people in the room were wondering about the future and uncertainty with the FE sector. I look forward to the next training event. Thanks ever so much to you both. Joanna Z Rassello, Blackpool and The Fylde Uni Centre.
Very informative conference giving support in my job role also good to network with others within the same role. Anon
Many thanks for putting on the event. An independent and multi-faceted approach. Looking forward to the next one! Well done ladies! Elaine Jackson Catalyst QA Ltd
Informative, good networking opportunities & discussion time for knowns & unknowns. Excellent CPD which will lead to much reflection & positive action. Looking forward to next year's event! Thank you Liz Carboni Advice UK
Always good to cement your knowledge from "Thought leaders" Great pre-course information, lovely welcome on the day - thanks to your partners for their input! Lots of nice extras - the free book, the raffle, the front loaded Padlet. Many thanks. Chris Harris, Director of Training, KC Jones Training & Development
I am from a charity that delivers NVQs in the prisons and it is very easy to become isolated so events like your conference are really important to keep us in touch and help us feel part of a larger network. Maria McNicholl IAQ & Development Manager St Giles Trust
Many thanks for providing two brilliant BSL Interpreters, much appreciated so that I can have access on equal par with the other participants to attend the event. Agnes Dyab, Appa Training Ltd
Some events have been facilitated with Hilary Read.
"I really enjoyed the event, it was very informative and I found it beneficial to share thoughts and concerns with others." Sharon Haggerty
"The trainers were very knowledgeable and approachable. It was a very interesting and informative day." Donna Kedzierski
"A great session which really helped clarify my understanding. The trainers are incredibly knowledgeable. A great range of topics were covered." Rachel Whitton
"I particularly enjoyed the input around the use of technology within learning, and picked up some new ideas that I will be implementing." Anon
"Two excellent presenters, well placed to share their wealth of experience and facilitate sharing of ideas and good practice! Thank you very much." Charlotte Ettenfield
"I attended a CPD training day delivered by Hilary and Ann and found it totally informative, meeting others and sharing ideas and best practice. I came away with something new to try when training, teaching and assessing. A great day!'"
Alison Roebuck, Hospitality trainer, assessor and IQA.
"A wide range of people attended and getting different views was a bonus, and helped to put some of the information in context. Excellent event." Ian Pursglove
"I really enjoyed the day, it was delivered in a very professional way." Anon
"Ann is obviously very knowledgeable & made a genuine effort to help all delegates. Look forward to staying in touch." Anon
"Very valuable seminar. Ann was excellent, well planned and excellent presentation with audio-videos and her vast experience. I loved it and thank you very much for giving me this opportunity." Anon
"It was a pleasure to be able to take time out to discuss issues with peers, guided by a knowledgeable trainer and facilitator." Anon
"Fantastic opportunity to network and learn more about where the sector is heading. Great to share concerns and opinions in a safe environment." Anon
"Despite the uncertainty within the area covered, I feel more confident about the subject. Hilary and Ann were very friendly and knowledgeable. Very enjoyable course!" Anon
"Extremely relevant and well presented." Anon
"The day went so fast. I could listen to Ann and Hilary for a week." Anon
"Both presenters were very knowledgeable in the area of assessments and I am pleased that attended this training. It has helped me to understand it better especially the changes in politics and education." Anon
"Great event; very productive and informative. Well worth attending." Anon