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Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Fifth Edition

December 2011 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
This book is a guide to the PTLLS Award (which has been replaced with the Award in Education and Training) and is a comprehensive introduction to teaching in a variety of settings. This includes further education, adult and community learning, work-based learning, the forces and offender learning and skills. It is easy to read with plenty of practical activities and examples throughout and the content is fully linked to the Teacher Training Standards.
Please note: This book has since been updated to reflect the new title of the qualification: The Award in Education and Training.The qualification unit content contained in the appendices has since changed, and some legislation mentioned in the book has been updated.
The Structure of the Book and How to Use It

The PTLLS Award

Qualifications and Credit Framework

Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Lifelong Learning Professional Teaching Standards

The Institute of Learning

Chapter 1: Teaching and learning
Roles and Responsibilities of a Teacher

Boundaries of Teaching

Record Keeping

Legislation and Codes of Practice

Chapter 2: Theories of Learning
The Teaching and Learning Environment

Learning Styles

Key Theories of Learning


Chapter 3: Identifying Needs
Identifying Needs of the Organisation, Teachers and Students

Initial and Diagnostic Assessment

Potential Needs of Students and Points of Referral

Equality and Diversity

Inclusive Learning

Chapter 4: Planning and Learning
Schemes of Work and Session Plans



Literacy, Language and Numeracy

Information and Communcation Technology

Chapter 5: Facilitating Learning
Induction, Icebreakers and Ground Rules

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Communication, Behaviour and Respect

Working with Groups and Individuals

Safeguarding and Every Child Matters

Chapter 6: Assessing Learning
Planning for Assessment

Assessment Types

Assessment Methods

Making Decisions and Giving Feedback

Assessment Records

Chapter 7: Quality Assurance and Evaluation
Quality Assurance


Self-Reflection and Learning Journals

Continuing professional development


Chapter 8: Micro-Teaching





'I think this is a valuable course resource because Ann has pitched the content absolutely bang on for this award. It is succinctly written without devaluing the importance and application of whichever concept is being covered, and it is user friendly. I am looking forward to using it as the primary reference point for my learners on the programme' -
Mike Green, MD Vocational Training Provider

Feb 08 2012

'Having extensively used the book to successful pass my PTTLS assessments I found it by far the most comprehensive, easy to understand and student friendly book available. Having no prior teaching experience and an objective to become a professional trainer, your book has become my bible for teaching and the 'go to' source for help.'

Aker Aktunch

A brilliant starter book with good information on teaching principles. Very useful and a good read

Mrs Nahid Shah
Education, Meridian Centre
February 5, 2015

Very good resource to have.

Mr Evans Darko
Business, UK College of Business & computing
January 19, 2015

Good structure
Links to units well
Clear and to the point

Mrs Theresa Rowland
Teacher Training, Adult Education Centre
January 16, 2015

Very useful for my diploma in education and training

Mrs Lisa Willats
CHILD CARE, Harlow College
June 3, 2014

An excellent book for adults who are expected to teach to their peers within their role.

Ms Julie Tilstone
Education, Douglas Macmillan Hospice
May 28, 2014

This was an excellent resource for PTLLS learners

Ms Natasha Rear
Education, New College Nottingham
April 4, 2014

Clear and well written book, very easy and clear to understand especially for those wishing to teach in the post 16 sector.

Miss Mehjabeen Shaukat
Teacher Education, Tameside College
March 9, 2014

Useful to students teaching in FE with good priniciples included and links to theories of learning

Ms Jan Royal
Nursing , Nottingham University
February 11, 2014

Ann Gravells

Ann has been teaching, assessing and quality assuring in the further education and skills sector since 1983. She is a director of her own company Ann Gravells Ltd, an educational consultancy based in East Yorkshire. She specialises in teaching, training, assessment and quality assurance. Ann holds a Masters in Educational Management, a PGCE, a Degree in Education, and a Medal of Excellence for teaching. She is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, and holds QTLS status.Ann has been writing textbooks since 2006 which are mainly based on her own experiences as a teacher and the subsequent education of trainee teachers. She aims... More About Author

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