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About my books

  • My books are mainly aimed at new practitioners in the FE and skills sector, in the UK and beyond. 
  • The books explain complex topics in an easy to understand way. 
  • The books will help anyone find out more about their job role and/or help anyone who is working towards a relevant qualification. 
  • The books don't contain a lot of complex theories as there are lots of other texts available if this is what you need. 
  • I aim to write in plain English, my passion being to help beginners. However, I am often told my books help higher level and experienced staff.
  • Reading the books can be a way of maintaining CPD for current practitioners
  • Most of the books are available in paperback, hard copy or electronic format. I currently write for Learning Matters, an imprint of SAGE Publishing

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All books are in chronological order.


  • If you wish to purchase any books in bulk, I can arrange a discount and free delivery via the publisher. Just contact me for details.
  • Electronic extracts in the form of information leaflets and other resources can be purchased for immediate download by clicking here.
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I aim to have three 'Principles and Practices' books which cover the teaching, assessment and quality assurance subjects for those in the UK and beyond.

It doesn't matter which awarding organisation offers the qualifications or what the titles might become in the future.


Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training (560 pages)

  • Due to be published in the Autumn of 2017
  • Click on the picture of the book to pre-order via Amazon
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"I think it is excellent. I shall certainly be recommending it to all of my IQA and EQA learners, as I do with your other books. It is great to finally see a comprehensive guide for trainee IQAs and EQAs. I also think it is so useful for people who aren't practising as an EQA, but would like to know about the process." Lisa Morris via e-mail, TQUK and Educating UK

"Excellent resource for IQA and EQA, very relevant and updated information, highly recommended for practitioners of TAQA."  Diane Elizabeth Myers SAGE website review

Principles and Practices of Quality Assurance (200 pages)

Published September 2016

This is an essential text for anyone working as, or training to be an internal or external quality assurer.

The book provides you with the information you may need to perform your role, and/or complete the quality assurance units of the Learning and Development (TAQA) qualification, and the optional units of the teaching qualifications. 

Activities are included throughout to help you learn more as you work through the chapters, and examples of real quality assurance situations are included.

The book is suitable for any quality assurance programme from any awarding organisation.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • principles of internal and external quality assurance
  • planning internal and external  quality assurance activities
  • carrying out internal and external quality assurance activities
  • risk management
  • making decisions and providing feedback
  • record keeping
  • evaluating practice
  • the role and use of technology
  • planning, allocating and monitoring the work of others

Please note: this book contains content which has previously been published in the 'Achieving Your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA)' book - scroll down for details - it's the red one.

Resources to support teachers and learners of the quality assurance units are available by clicking here.  Order today - receive today!


I recently bought a copy of Principles and Practices of Assessment as I am working towards the Level 3 qualification. I wanted to say thank you very much, it is far better than any information we received during the workshop and has helped me tremendously with writing my assignments. The content is easy to read and easy to follow and understand. I have recommended your book to all my colleagues. Samantha Eccles

"Easy to use, highly recommend". Rosie Walker via Amazon

Principles and Practices of Assessment (184 pages)

Published January 2016 (3rd Edn)

This is an essential text for anyone working as, or training to be an assessor.

The book provides you with the information you may need to perform your role, and/or complete the assessor units of the Award, Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training, as well as the Learning and Development (TAQA) assessment units. 

Activities are included throughout to help you learn more as you work through the chapters, and examples of real assessment situations are included. 

The book is suitable for any assessment programme from any awarding organisation.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • principles of assessment
  • planning for assessment
  • types and methods of assessment
  • assessment practice
  • giving feedback
  • recording progress and achievement
  • quality assurance
  • evaluation

Please note: this book contains content which has previously been published in the 'Achieving Your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA)' book -scroll down for details - it's the red one.

See me talking about the book in this video.

Resources to support teachers and learners of the assessment units are available by clicking here.  Order today - receive today!


"A very helpful and informative book. Easy to follow and answered many questions I had."  Liz Forbes-Browne via Amazon 

"Easy to read, great exercises. Best practice always advocated. "Martin H via Amazon

"A well written book with a logical, straightforward approach to vocational training." Sallyf22 via Amazon

The Best Vocational Trainer's Guide (134 pages A4)

Published September 2015 and written with Hilary Read (ReadOn Publications Ltd).

This comprehensive guide is for trainers, assessors and employers who are involved in vocational training and assessment.

The guide is based on best practice for training and coaching work-based learners. It draws on the knowledge and experience of experts and practitioners, with many real-life examples and lots of ideas for ensuring learning takes place. 

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • teaching, training and learning in the workplace
  • planning, delivering and assessing in the workplace
  • reflecting on performance

Please note: this book is not available as an e-book. 

Hilary Read and me


"Another excellent text by Ann Gravells. It is well written around the mandatory units and is an invaluable textbook for lecturers and learners alike. It is written in an easy to understand layout with logical progression to each unit. It contains really useful links and example documents."

Justin Honey-Jones via Amazon

The Award in Education and Training (220 pages)

Revised August 2014 (Published January 2013) Previously PTLLS

This is an essential text for anyone working as, or training to be a teacher or trainer.

This user-friendly text is your guide to the main units of the Award in Education and Training and is a key text for the course. It's structured around the teaching, learning and assessment cycle, and includes advice regarding delivering a micro-teach session.

Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice. The text is written for all learners and all awarding organisations.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • teaching roles and responsibilities
  • legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice
  • factors contributing to learning
  • identifying needs
  • planning, facilitating, assessing and evaluating learning
  • micro-teaching

Please note: this book is the updated version of the PTLLS book, it's the blue one towards the end of this page.


Passing Assessments for the Award in Education and Training (see below) is a companion text to this title. It gives guidance regarding achieving each of the assessment criteria of the main units. Information is also given regarding study skills and the micro teach session.


See me talking about the book in this video.

Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualification are available by clicking here. Order today - receive today! 


"Really useful book which has helped me understand how I need to approach each module." 

Anonymous via Amazon

"The clue's in the title... explains how to pass assessments for the award - essential course material!"

Kevin Haywood via Amazon

Passing Assessments for the Award in Education and Training (125 pages)

Published October 2013

The book gives key advice on approaching and completing written and practical assessments and assignments for the qualification.

It helps learners to understand the requirements of the qualification and to evidence their achievement towards the three main units and the micro-teach session. 

The first part of each chapter is based around self assessment activities which relate to the assessment criteria of the three main units (see below). The second part gives examples of responses which can be used to compare to.

The book also gives advice regarding:

  • delivering a micro-teach session
  • study skills
  • academic writing and referencing.

All the requirements of the following three units are covered:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Understanding and using inclusive approaches in education and training
  • Understanding assessment in education and training 


See me talking about the book in this video.

Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualification are available by clicking here.  Order today - receive today! 


"Exactly what every one new to teaching should have. Explains everything you need to know in real understandable terms and helps propel you toward gaining the certificate."

Malcolm Campbell via Amazon

The Certificate in Education and Training (225 pages)

Published June 2014 and written with Susan Simpson. Previously CTLLS

If you are working towards the Certificate in Education and Training, this user friendly text is the ideal book for you.

This complete guide covers all the content of the five mandatory units, along with guidance for the optional units, the minimum core, reflection and observed teaching practice.

Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice. The text is written for all learners and all awarding organisations.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • planning to meet the needs of learners 
  • delivering education and training
  • assessing learners
  • using resources

Passing Assessments for the Certificate in Education and Training (see below) is a companion text to this title. It gives guidance regarding achieving each of the assessment criteria of the five mandatory units. Information is also given regarding Ofsted, teaching observations, study skills and the minimum core.


See myself and Susan talking about the book in this video.

Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualification are available by clicking here. Order today - receive today! 


"Great for my CET level 4 course. Very detailed for each assignment including all sub questions."

garyw0709 via Amazon

"This book helped me pass my CET course. It's great. Check out Ann Gravells website as well for additional resources."

Mustafa via Amazon

Passing Assessments for the Certificate in Education and Training (178 pages)

Published April 2014 and written with Susan Simpson.

The book gives key advice on approaching and completing written and practical assessments and assignments for the qualification.

It helps learners to understand the requirements of the qualification and to evidence their achievement towards the five mandatory units (see below). The first part of each chapter is based around self assessment activities which relate to the assessment criteria. The second part gives examples of responses which can be used to compare to.

The book also gives advice regarding:

  • study skills
  • academic writing and referencing
  • reflective practice
  • teaching practice and observation
  • the minimum core.

All the requirements of the following five mandatory units are covered:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training 
  • Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training 
  • Delivering education and training 
  • Assessing learners in education and training
  • Using resources for education and training

See myself and Susan talking about the book in this video.

Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualification are available by clicking here.  Order today - receive today


"This book is a MUST HAVE! For all involved with assessment or internal quality assurance whether you are a novice just starting out or an old hand who wants CPD and upgrade their knowledge. A step by step guide that is easy to follow with lots of useful information, activity's [sic] and reference sources."

Jonathan via Amazon

"An excellent script just as you always expect from anything Ann writes. A really useful resource that I feel sure I will use again and again." 

Judi Worcerstershire via Amazon

Achieving Your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA*) (274 pages)

Published January 2014 (2nd Edn)

This is an 'all in one' book for assessors, internal and external quality assurers. Even if you don't perform all the roles, the chapters make good reading to understand what others do and how their role impacts upon yours.

If you are taking the Assessor (CAVA), Internal (IQA) or External Quality Assurer (EQA) units, this is the essential guide for you.

The book was originally titled: Achieving your TAQA Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer Award and has been updated to include chapters on external quality assurance. 

Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice. The text is written for all learners and all awarding organisations.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • principles and practices of assessment
  • assessing occupational competence
  • assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • principles and practices of internal quality assurance
  • principles and practices of external quality assurance
  • planning, allocating and monitoring the work of others

*TAQA - Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance

Important note: the content of this book has now been updated and separated into two books: Principles and Practices of Assessment, and Principles and Practices of Quality Assurance. You can see these new books towards the top of this page.

Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualifications are available by clicking here.  Order today - receive today!


"Just as expected. Excellent learning aid." 

Alec via Amazon

What is Teaching? (104 pages)

Published May 2012

This book is for anyone thinking about approaching or beginning their teaching/training career in the Lifelong Learning Sector - now called the Further Education and Skills Sector.

The book offers an essential introduction to working in the sector, along with the basics of how to teach and assess learners. It is written in an accessible style with examples and activities throughout.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • the lifelong learning sector
  • becoming a teacher
  • getting qualified
  • obtaining a teaching position
  • roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • challenges and barriers

Please note: some aspects in this book relate to the previous teaching qualifications and the previous professional standards. However, the content will help anyone who is considering becoming a teacher to find out what it's all about.


"This has everything you need to know about Equality and Diversity, also it is written in a very clear way, which helps, and it had all the information in one book."

Jill Mackman via Amazon

"A fantastic insight into this subject - five stars."

Phil Barnard via Amazon

Equality and Diversity (190 pages)

Published April 2012 (2nd Edn) and written with Susan Simpson.

This is a valuable guide for new teachers of the topic, existing teachers wishing to refresh their understanding of equality and diversity, and those delivering in-house training in the subject.

This book is also useful for anyone taking this unit as part of a qualification.

Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice. The text is written for all learners and all awarding organisations.

The book could also be used when providing in service professional development to staff.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • the Equality Act 2010
  • advancing equality and valuing diversity
  • demonstrating appropriate behaviour
  • helping and supporting others
  • reviewing your own contribution
  • relevant legislation

Please note: the qualification unit content contained in the appendices has since been revised.


Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) (167 pages)

Published January 2012 (5th Edn)

This book is written in a clear and accessible way for anyone new to teaching, or working towards the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification.

Please note: the PTLLS qualification has since been replaced with the Award in Education and Training (AET). The book for the AET contains updated chapters from the PTLLS book and can be seen towards the top of this page.


Passing PTLLS Assessments (140 pages)

Published June 2012 (2nd Edn)

This is a practical workbook to enable you to self assess your progress towards the four mandatory units of PTLLS, whether you are taking it at level 3 or level 4. Guidance is then given to compare your responses to, and to ensure coverage of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria. 

Please note: the PTLLS qualification has now been replaced with the Award in Education and Training. You can see details of the replacement assessment book towards the top of this page. 


Study Skills for PTLLS (153 pages)

Published June 2012

This second edition, written by Jacklyn Williams, an experienced and well qualified teacher, is edited by Ann Gravells.

The book is an accessible guide to studying for the PTLLS Award at both level 3 and level 4. Guidance is given on presenting work, academic writing and referencing, and giving presentations.

Please note: the PTLLS qualification has now been replaced with the Award in Education and Training. There is not a replacement study book specifically for the Award. However, this book will still help you understand about study skills.


Planning and Enabling Learning (152 pages)

Published April 2010 (2nd Edn) and written with Susan Simpson.

This book is aimed at covering the mandatory unit of the original Certificate and Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS or DTLLS) and the Certificate in Education/PGCE. 

Please note: CTLLS and DTLLS have now been replaced with the Certificate and Diploma in Education and TrainingA book for the Certificate in Education and Training is available by scrolling towards the top of this page.


Passing CTLLS Assessments (152 pages)

Published March 2010 (2nd Edn) and written with Susan Simpson.

This is a practical workbook, to enable you to self assess your progress towards the Planning and Enabling Learning and Principles and Practice of Assessment units of CTLLS, at level 3 and level 4. 

Please note: CTLLS and DTLLS have now been replaced with the Certificate and Diploma in Education and TrainingA book for the Certificate in Education and Training assessments is available by scrolling towards the top of this page.


Delivering Employability Skills (117 pages)

Published January 2010

The book is invaluable to new teachers of the topic, and to existing teachers wishing to refresh their understanding of how to deliver Employability Skills in an interesting and inclusive way.

The book is readable, relevant and easy to understand. Real examples bring the subject to life and activities are included for teachers to use with their learners.

Please note: the qualification unit content contained in the appendices has since been revised.


Delivering Adult Learning (106 pages)

Published June 2006

This was my first book, written to support the qualification of the same title. 

It is no longer available, as over time it has morphed into the PTLLS book, followed by the Award in Education and Training. Both of these books are still available by scrolling towards the top of this page.



Feedback regarding text books can be seen here or by clicking on the picture of any book above and reading reviews via Amazon.