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What is Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector?

What is Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector?

May 2012 | 112 pages | Learning Matters
This is a handbook for anyone considering a career in teaching adults. It offers an essential introduction to what it is like to teach in the sector. It considers the diversity of contexts, settings and students, covering all you need to know. It reviews the role of the teacher and offers advice on choosing what to teach and how to become qualified. Whether you are a skilled tradesperson, have specialist knowledge in a particular subject or are simply enthusiastic about working with adults in an education role, this is your essential guide.
*An easy-to-read and accessible guide
*Considers a diverse range of contexts, settings and students
*Written for anyone considering, approaching or beginning teaching adults
Please note: The qualifications and standards mentioned in the book have since been updated.
The Purpose of the Book

The Historical Perspective

The Qualifications and Credit Framework

The Lifelong Learning Sector
The Lifelong Learning Sector

The Role of External Bodies

Becoming a Teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Choosing a Subject or Qualification to Teach

Getting Qualified

Obtaining a Teaching Position

Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Roles and Responsibilities

Teaching, Learning and Assessing

Challenges and Barriers

Gaining your Licence to Practice
The Institute for Learning

The Minimum Core

Associated and Qualified Teacher Status

Maintaining your Licence to Practice
Continuing Professional Development

Reflection and Evaluation

What next?

Lifelong Learning Sector Abbreviations and Acronyms

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Good, clear reading From Ann Gravells again

Miss Deborah Young
Work Ready People, hit
May 22, 2015

Too simplistic and not appropriate for students.

Ms Su Illingworth
Teacher Training, Craven College
April 27, 2015

Very accesible text, short and too the point. It is a great introduction to Lifelong Learning. Provides lots of activities to help you think deeper as to whether it is the right path for you. The frequently asked questions are very useful in assisting budding teachers in pursuing the career of a teacher. Recommended read for anyone thinking of working in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Miss Louise Hardy
14-19 & Adult Learning, my institution is not listed
February 17, 2015

very informative, especially if undecided about entering this area of teaching.

Ms Marian Carter
Health and social care, Bishop Burton College
May 15, 2014

This book is very useful and easy to understand, I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to become a professional teacher as it is a great source to support you throughout your teaching practice. provides you with useful guidance for assessments

Miss Mehjabeen Shaukat
Teacher Education, Tameside College
April 4, 2014

this book is always used in my teaching and highly recommended to my students. Ann Gravells writes excellent books

Mrs Dawn Latham
General Education, cardiff and vale college
March 20, 2014

Good background and source book for facilitators. I have used elements to underpin new activities to support learning.

Miss Isabelle King
WFD, national Council of Voluntary Youth Services
December 5, 2013

Provides a useful introduction to the sector but recent changes in awards, regulations and agencies makes the text now somewhat dated. Really needs an update as 'What is teaching in the Education and Skills Sector' with appropraite updates.

Mr David Andrews
Education, Grantham College of Further Education
December 5, 2013

A good book, which I would recommend to anyone thinking about embarking on a PTLLS or the new Award in Education and Training. It has some good activities and examples throughout the book. My one criticism is that there are some areas (e.g. learning styles) that could mislead trainees a little

Mr Yvert De Souza
Teacher Development Department, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
December 3, 2013

A good alround book giving relevant info about the LL sector

Mrs Theresa Rowland
Teacher Training, Adult Education Centre
February 6, 2013

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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