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Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Fifth Edition

July 2012 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
This book is a popular and accessible 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 within the lifelong learning sector. 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.

This Fifth Edition was written for the four unit PTLLS Award. The book reflects current practice at levels 3 and 4 and 'extension actitivities' specifically target those taking the Award at Level 4. Chapters are based around the teaching and learning cycle and are focused on the PTLLS assessment criteria.

  • updated for the four unit PTLLS Award
  • contents specifically follow the teaching and learning cycle and match the qualification requirements
  • the text is readable, relevant and easy to understand
  • provides valuable support for prospective teachers and trainers with little or no previous experience
  • an excellent foundation for those considering or progressing to further teaching qualifications


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





Always recommend that my students buy this book to help with their studies.

Mrs Lisa Moreton
Professional Development Programmes, Churchgate Academy
November 22, 2013

Great to see an updated version of this essential course reader. Recommended it to all my learners.

Ruth Dixcee
Cornwall Learning, Cornwall County Council
November 22, 2013

This is an excellent book that I would recommend for a PTTLS course, it has all that you need ror the student working towards this award, in accessible format.

Mr Mark Flagg
Faculty of Humanities, Swansea Metropolitan University
November 21, 2013

A text that students will/have found very helpful.

Mandy Turton
Cornwall Learning, Cornwall County Council
September 23, 2013

Provides valuable insight int the challenges that practitioners will face in the delivery of curricular in FE sector

Mrs Rosalind Roberts
Business Administration , Swansea Metropolitan University
September 9, 2013

A good readable book that is practical and accessible.

Mr Robin Lodge
Leadership and Management, Robin Lodge Associates Ltd
August 15, 2013

Recommend toallmy PTLLS students

Mrs Theresa Rowland
Teacher Training, Adult Education Centre
July 30, 2013

This book has been an essential course book for PTLLS students and I am awaiting in anticipation for Anne Gravell's next publication in August to support the new qualification.

Mrs Karen Curry
Prof, Aylesbury College
July 3, 2013

A well written text. Highly recommended to any student undertaking their first teaching qualification.

Mrs Jayne Daly
Faculty of Buisness Law and Education, Staffordshire University
June 28, 2013

Very clearly written book, great activities and further recommended reading

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
June 7, 2013

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