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About my books

  • My books are mainly aimed at new practitioners in the further education, training 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.  

  • 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

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

  • New books currently in production can be seen here.


Scroll down to see all my books (authored and edited). You can click on a picture to purchase it via Amazon. They are usually the cheapest and quickest at delivering. I do not sell the books directly.

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

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

Audio and e-books
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  • Most books are also available as electronic versions either from Amazon or via the publisher.
Extracts as electronic resources
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  • Prices start at 50p for handouts and go up to £10 for PowerPoints.


I now have three 'Principles and Practices' books which cover teaching, assessment, and quality assurance. 

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


All books are listed below in chronological order

You can read/leave feedback about my books here.


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 assessment approach

  • helps put theory into practice


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

  • helps put theory into practice


Achieving QTLS Status: A Guide to Demonstrating the Professional Standards

(163 pages) Published 2018

Written by Sharron Mansell and edited by myself, this book is aimed at anyone who is working towards QTLS status.


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This is the first guide to help practitioners feel confident to work towards QTLS* status. 

*Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is the badge of professionalism conferred by the Society for Education and Training (SET). It has legal parity with QTS status in schools, provided you remain a member of SET.

The book is linked to the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers.

The book is written in an accessible style and will take a prospective QTLS applicant through the following:

  • What QTLS status is all about, how to achieve it and how to maintain it

  • What the professional formation process involves: each chapter is linked to a section of the QTLS online workbook, which includes activities and screenshots directly linked to the workbook

  • How to complete the online workbook

  • What evidence to submit

  • How to apply the Professional Standards in your job role

  • How to work with your supporter and partake in observations

  • How to critically reflect on your job role

  • How to maintain your continuing professional development (CPD) and progress further

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Society for Education and Training (SET) have made a few changes to the QTLS process since the book was published. You can download a summary of these changes by clicking the 'Download QTLS update' button here.

 

Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training

(560 pages) Published 2017


The book is suitable if you are working towards any teaching/training programme offered by any awarding organisation in any country. 


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It has all the information you need to work towards any of the following:

  • a qualification such as the Award, Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training (or CertEd/PGCE/TQFE)

  • a Learning and Development qualification

  • a Train the Trainer course

  • an international vocational teaching qualification (such as the IVQ in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning)

  • a Teaching, or Learning and Development apprenticeship programme

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

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.

Extracts from the book in the form of Resources to support teachers and learners 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.


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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 and accessible 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 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!


Principles and Practices of Assessment

(184 pages) Published 2009 with the 2nd Edn in 2011 and 3rd Edn in 2016

A 4th edition will be available in 2021.


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


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

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 assessment units are available by clicking here. Order today - receive today!


Disclaimer - if you are using an older edition or a copy from a previous print run, there may be extracts which are no longer current. For example, references to legislation, regulations and websites.


The Best Vocational Trainer's Guide

(134 pages in A4 format)


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


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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.

There are lots of ideas for ensuring learning takes place as well as useful checklists and weblinks.

It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • teaching, training and learning in the workplace

  • planning learning

  • delivering learning

  • assessing learning

  • reflecting on performance

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

The Award in Education and Training 

(220 pages) Published 2013

Revised August 2014 and regularly re-printed thereafter with revisions


The AET qualification is the PTLLS replacement.


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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

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

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 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. 


The CET qualification is the CTLLS replacement.


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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.

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 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 - 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. 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. Scroll up the page to see them.


What is Teaching? 

(104 pages) Published 2012


This book is for anyone thinking about approaching or just beginning their teaching/training career.


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The book offers an essential introduction to working as a teacher in the post-16 sector.

It covers 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 (post-16)

  • 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 refer to the previous teaching qualifications and the previous professional teaching standards. However, the content will help anyone who is considering becoming a teacher to find out what the role is all about.


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.


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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 changed.


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

However, a few older copies might still be available to purchase online.


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.


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). Scroll towards the top of this page for details.


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