Articles from Ann Gravells

Establishing ground rules with your learners

Establishing ground rules with your learners, whether in a group or a one to one basis will help underpin appropriate behaviour and respect throughout their time with you, and help the sessions run smoothly.

Learner support and learning support

There is a difference between learner support and learning support. Learner support relates to help the learner might need with any personal issues, and/or general advice and guidance such as financial support, transport or childcare. Learning support relates to the subject or qualification being taken, or help with English, maths, ICT and/or study skills. Think of learner support as anything that supports the learner, and learning support as anything that supports the learning process.

The role of external quality assurer #EQA and #IQA

Many of you might deliver and assess qualifications which are certificated via an awarding organisation (AO). At some point, you will have contact with an external quality assurer (EQA) perhaps during a visit, via a remote verification, on the telephone or by e-mail. If you are not familiar with their role, hopefully you will gain some insight from this article.

Standardising practice to give a consistent experience for all learners

This month, I thought I would write a piece on standardising practice to help anyone new to this aspect of their teaching, training, assessment or quality assurance role.

A few theories of learning in plain English (part 2)

My last article attempted to cover a few theories of learning in plain English. I hope new teachers, trainers and assessors found it useful.

Extension to the initial teacher education, and assessment and quality assurance qualifications

The ETF has recently consulted with awarding organisations and initial teacher education (ITE) providers about the need for a revision.

Tips for new teachers and trainers

I'm often asked what tips I would give to anyone entering the FE and skills sector as a new teacher or trainer. I've put the following bullet points together based on my own experiences and those of my trainee teachers.

What new professional standards mean for FE

A real buzz occurred in our sector on 20th May when the new Professional Standards became available on the Education and Training Foundation's (ETF) website. According to the ETF, over 1000 people viewed the standards in the first week.

Summer conference / CPD event ‘Embracing Change’

Ann Gravells and Hilary Read are pleased to announce their first summer full day conference/CPD event aimed at practitioners, trainers and assessors in the further education (FE) and skills sector.

Raising quality and improving practice in the FE & Skills sector: CPD Day

A rare opportunity to learn from leading experts in the Further Education and Skills sector including bestselling author and consultant Ann Gravells.

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