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NEW BOOK FOR 2024

I have co-authored a new book with Gavin Lumsden of Essential Teaching UK for the new Diploma in Teaching (FE and Skills)

It is also relevant for the Learning and Skills Teacher apprenticeship programme.

The book will be the starting point for new teachers.

It will be available for August 2024, written in my usual style, and published by Sage.


I now have three 'Principles and Practices' books: teaching & training; assessment; and quality assurance. 

They are updated versions of all my other books and are not affected by any future qualification changes.

There's no need to purchase any of my previous books if you purchase these.

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About my books

  • My books are mainly aimed at new practitioners in the further education, skills and training sector in the UK and beyond. 

  • The books explain complex topics in an easy to understand way. 

  • The books will help anyone to find out more about their job role and/or help anyone who is working towards a relevant qualification.  

  • I aim to write in plain English; my passion being to help beginners. However, I am often told my books help higher level learners 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

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


I have edited three books by Sharron Mansell.

They contain lots of easy to use activities to help you perform your role, and to put theory into practice.

They are ideal for those occasions when you want to try something different or just need some inspiration.

They compliment the three Principles and Practices text books above.

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Scroll down to see details of all my books (authored, co-authored and edited). 

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Purchasing in bulk
  • If you wish to purchase any books in bulk (paper copy or electronic), you can get a discount and free delivery via the publisher (in the UK). 

  • Just contact nina.abdali@sagepub.co.uk for details. Orders must be of 10 or more.

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Extracts as electronic resources
  • Electronic extracts in the form of information leaflets and other resources can be purchased for immediate download by clicking here

  • Prices start at 50p for handouts and go up to £10 for PowerPoints.


All my books are listed below


Principles & Practices of Teaching & Training

(560 pages) Published 2017

This is an essential text for anyone working as, or training to be a teacher or trainer. The content is applicable for any teaching/training programme offered by any awarding organisation in any country. Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice. 

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The book supports the following qualifications:

  • the Award, Certificate and Diploma in Education and Training, and the Diploma in Teaching (or CertEd/PGCE/TQFE)

  • a Learning and Development qualification or apprenticeship

  • a Train the Trainer course

  • an International or National Vocational teaching Qualification (such as the IVQ in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning, VET)

It is a comprehensive and accessible text, covering:

  • The role of a teacher/trainer

  • Wider professional practice

  • Factors contributing to learning

  • Planning and facilitating learning with groups and individuals

  • Using resources to support teaching, learning and assessment

  • Using technology

  • Assessing learning

  • Quality assurance

  • Evaluation, reflection, and continuing professional development (CPD)

  • Preparing for and delivering a micro-teach session

  • Preparing for and carrying out teaching practice/observed practice 

Please note: this book contains some content which has previously been published in my other text books. The minimum core has been updated since the book was published.

Extracts from the book in the form of Resources are available. Order today - receive today!


Principles and Practices of Assessment

(236 pages) 1st Edn 2009, 2nd Edn 2011, 3rd Edn 2016, 4th Edn 2021

This is an essential text for anyone working as, or training to be an assessor. The content is applicable for any assessor programme offered by any awarding organisation in any country. Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice.

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The book supports the following qualifications:

  • TAQA Assessment units

  • a Learning and Development qualification

  • an International Vocational teaching Qualification (such as the IVQ in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning)

  • a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course

  • a Teaching, or Learning and Development apprenticeship programme

It is a comprehensive and accessible text, covering:

  • principles and practices of assessment

  • planning for assessment

  • types and methods of assessment (including end-point assessment)

  • assessment practice (including the role of technology and online assessment)

  • providing feedback

  • recording progress and achievement

  • quality assurance

  • theories, principles and models of reflection and evaluation

Please note: this book contains some content which has previously been published in the 'Achieving Your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA)' book.

See me talking about the 3rd edition in a video on this page.

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


Principles and Practices of Quality Assurance

(200 pages) Published 2016

This is an essential text for anyone working as, or training to be an internal or external quality assurer. The content is applicable for any quality assurance programme offered by any awarding organisation in any country. 

Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice.

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The book supports the following qualifications:

  • TAQA Quality Assurance units

  • a Learning and Development qualification

  • an International Vocational teaching Qualification (such as the IVQ in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning)

  • a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course

  • a Teaching, or Learning and Development apprenticeship programme

It is a comprehensive and accessible text, covering:

  • principles and practices 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 some content which has previously been published in the 'Achieving Your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA)' book.

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


50 Teaching and Learning Approaches

(138 pages) Published 2019

Written by Sharron Mansell, edited by myself and illustrated by Andrew Hampel, this practical guide contains fifty easy to use activities with your learners.

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The book:
  • is aimed at any educational setting with learners of any age

  • is readable, relevant and easy to understand

  • provides valuable ideas and tips for new and experienced teachers

  • can help promote outstanding teaching and learning

  • includes ways to stretch and challenge learners

  • includes measures to ensure that learning has taken place

  • uses simple language to explain each approach

  • helps put theory into practice


50 Assessment Approaches

(125 pages) Published 2020

Written by Sharron Mansell, edited by myself and illustrated by Andrew Hampel, this practical guide contains fifty easy to use activities with your learners.

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The book: 

  • is aimed at any educational setting with learners of any age

  • is readable, relevant and easy to understand

  • provides valuable ideas and tips for new and experienced teachers and assessors

  • can help promote outstanding teaching and learning

  • uses simple language to explain each approach

  • helps put theory into practice


50 Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance Approaches

(200 pages) Published 2021

Written by Sharron Mansell, edited by myself and illustrated by Andrew Hampel, this practical guide contains fifty easy to use activities for quality improvement and quality assurance purposes.

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The book: 

  • is aimed at any educational setting

  • is readable, relevant and easy to understand

  • provides valuable ideas and tips for new and experienced quality staff

  • helps staff to prepare for external inspections and EQA visits

  • uses simple language to explain each approach

  • helps put theory into practice


The text within the books below has been updated and included in the three Principles and Practices books at the top of this page.


The Award in Education and Training 

(220 pages) First edition 2013, revised August 2014 and regularly re-printed thereafter with revisions

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Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice.

Please note: this book is the updated version of the PTLLS book.

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

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 a video on this page.

Extracts from the book in the form of Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualification are available by clicking hereOrder today - receive today!


Passing Assessments for the Award in Education and Training 

(125 pages) Published 2013 and re-printed thereafter with revisions

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

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The book 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 a video on this page.

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


The Certificate in Education and Training

(225 pages) Published 2014 - written with Susan Simpson. 

Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice.

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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. The minimum core has been updated since the book was published.

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 me and Susan talking about the book in a video on this page.

Extracts from the book in the form of Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualification are available by clicking hereOrder today - receive today!


Passing Assessments for the Certificate in Education and Training 

(178 pages) Published 2014 - written with Susan Simpson.

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

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The book 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 minimum core has been updated since the book was published.

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 me and Susan talking about the book in a video on this page.

Extracts from the book in the form of Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualification are available by clicking hereOrder today - receive today!


Achieving Your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA*) 

(274 pages) Published 2014 as a 2nd Edn**

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. Please scroll towards the top of this page to see them.

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*TAQA - Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance   

**The book was originally called: Achieving your TAQA Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer Award and was published in 2012. It was updated to a 2nd Edition to include chapters about external quality assurance. However, the content has now been separated into two Principles and Practices books so that you only need to purchase what is relevant to you. Scroll to the top of the page to see them.


The Best Vocational Trainer's Guide

(134 pages in A4 format) Published 2015 - written with Hilary Read

This 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.

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Achieving QTLS Status: A Guide to Demonstrating the Professional Standards

(163 pages) Published 2018

Written by Sharron Mansell and edited by me.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

The Society for Education and Training (SET) have made changes to the QTLS process since the book was published. The activities you will complete to achieve QTLS status are similar to those in the book, but the screenshots in the book now differ, and some information is now out of date. The Professional Standards, on which QTLS is based, have also been updated.


What is Teaching? 

(104 pages) Published 2012

This book is for anyone thinking about approaching or just beginning their FE teaching/training career. It covers the basics of how to teach and assess learners. It is written in an accessible style with examples, activities and checklists to help you link theory to practice.

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Equality and Diversity

(190 pages) Published 2009 with the 2nd Edn in 2012 - written with Susan Simpson.

This is a valuable guide for new/existing teachers or those taking the unit as part of a qualification. All aspects of equality, diversity, behaviour and legislation are covered.

Examples, activities and checklists help you link theory to practice.

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The following books are now out of print - most have been updated to become the books listed above. 


Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

(167 pages) 

Published 2006 with the 5th Edn and last edition in 2012

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 this book and can be seen by scrolling towards the top of this page.


Passing PTLLS Assessments 

(140 pages)

Published 2010 with the 2nd Edn in 2012

Please note: the PTLLS qualification has now been replaced with the Award in Education and Training (AET). 

You can see details of the replacement AET assessments' book by scrolling towards the top of this page. 


Study Skills for PTLLS 

(153 pages) 

Published 2010 with the 2nd Edn in 2012
Written by Jacklyn Williams and edited by me.

Please note: the PTLLS qualification has now been replaced with the Award in Education and Training (AET). There is not a replacement study book specifically for the AET. 


Planning and Enabling Learning 

(152 pages) 

Published 2008 with the 2nd Edn in 2010 - written with Susan Simpson.

This was a unit in the CTLLS and DTLLS qualifications.

Please note: CTLLS and DTLLS have now been replaced with the Certificate and Diploma in Education and Training (CET and DET)

Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training (towards the top of the page) is ideal if you are working towards the Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training.


Passing CTLLS Assessments 

(152 pages) 

Published 2011 - written with Susan Simpson.

Please note: CTLLS and DTLLS have now been replaced with the Certificate and Diploma in Education and Training (CET and DET)

A 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 2010

This book is ideal for new teachers of the topic, and to existing teachers who wish 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 and the references to the professional teaching standards are no longer current.


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 morphed into the PTLLS book, followed by the Award in Education and Training (AET), and now Principle & Practices of Teaching & Training. Scroll towards the top of this page for details for the latest version.


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