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Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training

Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training
A guide for teachers and trainers in the FE and skills sector

November 2017 | 576 pages | Learning Matters
Written by bestselling author Ann Gravells, this is the complete go-to guide for anyone wanting to be (or working as) a teacher or trainer in the further education and skills sector, in the UK and beyond. It has all the information you need to work towards a qualification such as the Award, Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training. It is also relevant to anyone taking a Train the Trainer course, or an international teaching qualification.

The book takes you through all the information you need to know, opening up the topic for learning in an easily accessible way. Interactive activities are included throughout, along with real examples of teaching and training in practice. The book also includes examples of completed teaching documents.

This is a comprehensive text, covering:
  • The role of a teacher/trainer
  • Factors contributing to learning
  • Planning and facilitating learning for groups and individuals
  • Using technology and resources to support learning
  • Assessing learning
  • Quality assurance
  • Evaluation, reflection, and continuing professional development (CPD) 
  • Preparing for a micro-teach session and teaching/observed practice


The role of a teacher/trainer
Factors contributing to learning
Identifying needs
Planning and designing learning programmes
Teaching and learning approaches
Using resources
Improving skills
Promoting equality and valuing diversity
Assessing learning
Quality assurance
Evaluating and improving practice
Delivering a micro teach session
Teaching practice

Very helpful information, clearly written and addresses issues currently faced in the classroom

Mrs Laura Castles
Bristol Business School, University of The West of England
November 10, 2020

Excellent book for anyone training or teaching healthcare professionals.

Mr Kassin Yakhlef
Nursing, NHS
January 31, 2020

This is a wide-ranging book that covers lots of different aspects of teaching and learning for the FE sector, including the role of the tutor, how to plan for teaching and learning, how to support learning and much more. It will suit FE tutors newly appointed to their role, as it provides a 'ground up' approach.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
January 7, 2019

This text gives a comprehensive insight into the principles and practices of teaching in an accessible format. The tone throughout is interesting and engaging and the opportunities for applying theory to practice are clear. Highly recommended.

Mrs Ruth Steyert
English Language Arts, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
February 2, 2018

This is a well organised and concisely written book, covering a whole range of topics and ideas that trainees would need to consider while on the DET/PGCE course. I would thoroughly recommend the book for anyone starting out on this ITE course as a go to source for information which can be the starting point to further reading and research.

Mr Peter Lyon
School of Teacher Education & Development (Canterbury), Canterbury Christ Church University
February 15, 2018

Clearly written and relevant and comprehensive in content.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of FE And HE
December 11, 2017

This book expands on many of Ann Gravell's other works and provides a comprehensive volume of use to anyone working as a teacher or trainer in the education and skills sector. Although primarily aimed at new teachers and trainers the book is a useful tool for anyone working in the sector. The book is very accessible and contains a range of examples and activities, a comprehensive index and useful appendices. An excellent textbook.

Mr David Andrews
Education, Loughborough College
December 14, 2017
Key features
Need:  When there is no longer a central award for teaching and training in FE, a new more generic text will be needed to support learners
Feature:  Not specifically linked to training in one country - although information about UK statutory frameworks and standards will be included in appendices
Benefit:  Useful to teachers and trainers working in post compulsory education across the world

Need:  Learners need an accessible text to support them
Feature:  Very readable and accessibly written - designed to demystify the subject for learners
Benefit:  A guide for teachers and trainers that can be used to support practice from the start

Need: Learners need a text with comprehensive coverage to support them with all aspects of teaching and training
Feature: Large, detailed and comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to teach and train in post compulsory education
Benefit: A core text for many qualifications in teaching and training - can be easily mapped to course content

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1. The role of a teacher

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