Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training

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Published October 2017 (560 pages)

This is a core text which is relevant for anyone wanting to be (or working as) a teacher or a trainer in the further education, skills and training sector, in the UK or internationally. 

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

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

  • a Learning and Development qualification

  • a Train the Trainer course

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

  • a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course

  • a Learning and Skills Teacher apprenticeship programme.


The book takes you through everything you need to know about teaching and training learners aged 14 and upwards. This could be in any environment where learning takes place, such as a college, training organisation, the workplace, further or higher education context. 

The book is written in an accessible language and in a logical way. Activities are included throughout to help you think about how to put theory into practice. There are real examples of teaching and training situations which bring the subjects to life. The book also includes time saving templates for your use, and examples of completed documents which teachers and trainers might use.

Reading the book can be a way of maintaining your CPD if you are a current practitioner.


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

It is a comprehensive and accessible text, covering:

  • The role and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer

  • Wider professional practice

  • Equality and Diversity

  • Factors contributing to learning

  • Planning and facilitating learning with groups and individuals

  • Inclusive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment

  • Theories, principles and models of education and training

  • Identifying and meeting individual needs

  • Using resources to support teaching, learning and assessment

  • Communication

  • Using technology

  • Assessing learning in different contexts

  • Quality assurance

  • Evaluation and reflection

  • 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.

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