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I now have three 'Principles and Practices' books which cover 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.


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 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.


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

You can click on a picture to purchase it via Amazon, who are usually the cheapest and quickest at delivering. 


 
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.

Audio and e-books
  • If you would prefer an audio book - click here for details.

  • Most books are also available as electronic versions either from Amazon or via the publisher.
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

You can read/leave feedback about my books here.


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


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 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


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 provides you with the information you may need to perform your role, and/or 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 Vocational Education and Training (VET) course

  • a Teaching, or Learning and Development apprenticeship programme

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

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

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!


Principles and Practices of Assessment

(236 pages - 2021) 

First edition 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 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.

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!


The Best Vocational Trainer's Guide

(134 pages in A4 format)

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

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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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 books below will gradually be phased out of print. 

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

If you are using a book from those listed below, there may be extracts which are no longer current. 

For example; references to legislation, regulations, qualifications, standards, books and websites.


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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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, but the screenshots in the book now differ, and some information is now out of date.


The Award in Education and Training 

(220 pages - 2014) 

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.

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 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.

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.

Read reviews on Amazon.

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 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.


What is Teaching? 

(104 pages) 

Published 2012

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

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

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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

  • 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.

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

Read reviews on Amazon.

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 to equality and diversity
  • relevant legislation

Please note: the qualification unit content contained in the appendices has since changed, and some legislation mentioned in the book has since been updated.


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, but some of the content might be out of date.


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.


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