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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)


Helpful for those considering teaching in lifelong learning.

Mrs Barbara Roche
Teacher Education, Puzzlebox Potential Ltd
November 25, 2012

A useful book but not essential to the course. Many of the topics have been covered in the PTLLS book.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Teacher Training, Leeds City College
September 13, 2012

Gives a wider view of teaching in the lifelong learning sector and may be part of our reading list for PTLLS and CTLLS candidates.

Mrs Karen Gray
Teacher Education, Simply-Training
August 6, 2012

This is an accessible and very user friendly book which provides an excellent introduction to the topic of Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

It follows the usual format for Ann Gravells and Sage Books with chapters which include an introduction which directs us to each chapters content, a useful summary at the end along with references for further reading and useful websites.

The text is easily accessible with regualr subheadings which makes it easy to locate the information that the reader requires. The language used is easy to understand and not laden with educational jargon yet it gets across successfully what it wishes to convey.

To reinforce what is in the book there are useful regular extension activties for the readers to follow to suppliment and reinforce the contents of the book.

All in all a useful introduction to the subject which I would recommend to would be teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Ms Eklaine Vatandoust
Institute of Education, Worcester University
July 28, 2012

Another clear and straightforward book from Ann Gravells.

I would definitely recomend this book to my trainee teachers.

Mrs Rachel Kirk
PTTLS/TAQA, Great Yarmouth College
June 22, 2012

Excellent text for all those wishing to complete PTLLS.

Mrs Claire York
Education , Nelson & Colne College
June 15, 2012

This text would provide a person wishing to pursue a career in the lifelong learning sector with excellent background reading prior to commencing the PTLLS course.

Mrs Pam Lavender
Professional Development, South Staffordshire College
June 11, 2012

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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