Ann Gravells

About me

I have been working in further education since 1983, I have been writing text books since 2006, and I'm now editing text books.

My passion is to help new entrants to the further education, skills and training sector: i.e. the beginner teacher; trainer; assessor and/or quality assurer.

All my books are written in plain English and break down complex topics into easy to understand concepts.

I have a Master's Degree in Educational Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and a Degree in Education as well as Business Administration, Customer Service, Management, Learning & Development qualifications, Assessment, IQA and EQA units.

I have co-written international and national teaching qualifications for several awarding organisations. I am based in East Yorkshire, England (UK) and I have delivered events in various parts of the UK, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

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Text books

You can see all of my text books by clicking here

I currently write and edit for Learning Matters, an imprint of SAGE Publishing

I aim to write books for beginners, in plain English. However, I am often told the books also help higher level and experienced teachers.

  • If you would like to purchase books for your learners in bulk (hard copy or electronic - minimum of 10), please contact despina.maclaren@sagepub.co.uk for details.

  • I regularly have books in Amazon's top 20 education list.

  • My latest book projects are listed on this page.


Resources & learning materials

I have created quality resources and learning materials (from 50p for handouts to £10 for PowerPoints) which are available for immediate download.

Please click here for more information and to make a purchase.

Support materials are also available, as are assignments (for centres only).

The resources are for teachers and learners of the following qualifications:

  • Award in Education and Training (including the micro-teach session)

  • Certificate in Education and Training

  • Diploma in Education and Training

  • Assessment

  • Internal (IQA) and

  • External Quality Assurance (EQA) units.


Online courses and CPD

In association with KMF Training, I am pleased to announce that you can take short online courses regarding various topics for teaching & training, assessment, and internal/external quality assurance. Please click here for details.

All modules are £18 each, they can be taken anytime, anyplace and anywhere with a suitable device. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Vaines at KMF Training who will be happy to help.


 

Current consultancy positions

I am a consultant technical advisor to TQUK, an awarding organisation who are committed to customer service and quality. 

They offer teacher-training qualifications as well as many other qualifications.

I'm very happy to recommend them, their staff are helpful and committed to quality. 

If you would like to become a centre with them, just contact me or TQUK

I offer 50% off my bulk buy resources to all TQUK centres.

I am also a consultant to the Cambridge Assessment Network (CANET) and I am an Assessment Specialist to Ofqual.


Achievements

  • I achieved a Medal of Excellence whilst teaching at Bishop Burton College

  • This medal was presented to me by the ex-politician Ed Balls (pictured).

  • I have helped many companies to become a centre with a relevant awarding organisation.

  • I have organised and facilitated many CPD events.

  • I hold QTLS status and I am a fellow of SET.

  • I have written, co-written and edited many educational text books.

  • I have created electronic resources to help teachers and learners of the teaching; assessment and quality assurance qualifications.

  • I have created the content of online CPD modules to help practitioners.

 

Background

I have taught in further education colleges since 1983. I have quality assured teaching, training, assessment and internal/external quality assurance qualifications for various awarding organisations since 1999, and I have written qualifications, teaching and learning materials, and text books for many years. 

I have also helped new awarding organisations become established, and new centres gain approval to offer accredited qualifications.

I originally qualified as a hotel receptionist and trained new staff on the job at various hotels in England. I was approached by a college to teach the Hotel Reception course on a part-time basis and this began my teaching career in 1983. 

I began to work towards my first teaching qualification in 1984.

Once qualified, I progressed to full-time teaching and worked towards a Degree in Education. I continued to teach reception, business and office skills, along with word processing when it replaced typing. A few years later I gained a promotion and delivered staff training programmes along with the assessor and quality assurance awards. I found a real interest in training new members of staff, hence the move to the teacher-training department of the college.

I also became the Quality Systems Manager for the college and produced a system for assessment and internal quality assurance to standardise practice across 98 different qualifications. I designed and introduced an ISO based quality system for all aspects of quality within the college.

After leaving full time teaching, I worked for many years as a part-time teacher, whilst working for awarding organisations, writing text books, and establishing my own company.


Social media

You can follow me on various social media sites and see my latest Tweets and re-Tweets.

Just search for Ann Gravells or click the links at the end of this page.

I co-host a LinkedIn page for anyone interested in discussing aspects of QTLS, teaching, learning, assessment and quality assurance.

Please join the group if it's relevant to you. 

Some great discussions take place in the forums and you can ask questions and receive helpful advice from myself and others.


Reading lists

I have created reading lists for the Award, Certificate, and Diploma in Education and Training, as well as for general teaching, assessment, quality assurance and other educational topics.

All reading lists are in visual format. You can click through to Amazon to find out more details, read reviews, view inside the book and make a purchase. 

Click here to access the full list.


Useful documents and reports

I have created a Padlet (see image) which contains copies of many useful documents and reports for teachers, trainers, assessors and quality assurers. 

I regularly update it, however, if you would like something adding, just let me know.

The documents are free to access and download. 

Just click here to go the Padlet.


Events

You can see photos and read feedback from previous events here.


Getting in touch

I can be contacted here via my website.

You can follow me on social media by clicking the links at the end of this page.

I like to carry out all administrative work myself including updating my website. If you see any mistakes, you know who to get in touch with! In fact, I would like to gain feedback about what you think about the site, or if you find a broken weblink or a typing error do let me know.


Newsletter

About four or five times a year I send out a newsletter. It's an update of what's happening in the sector, along with my latest products and services.

Please complete this form if you wish to sign-up.

I promise not to bombard you with e-mails. 

You can opt out at any time by clicking on the link in the mailshot.

Click here for my privacy and data policy.



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