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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





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

A vital piece of the trainee teachers' toolkit, this book, like others in the range, remain valuable to those embarking on a teaching and learning career even as the qualifications themselves face changes. Highly recommended.

Darren Purdie
Education, Havering Adult College
June 6, 2013

Provides information at a basic level which can be useful for people returning to learning. Is not as comprehensive as other books such as Reece & Walker. It is OK as a starting point if learners are struggling with more academic literature.

Mr Sue Pylee
Cottingham Adult Education Centre, East Yorkshire Council
May 4, 2013

A superb book that breaks theory and good practice themes down into understandable text.
We have several copies in our library and the book is recommended as 'well worth buying' to all our PTLLS students.

Mr David Andrews
Education, Grantham College of Further Education
May 3, 2013

Very beneficial as it's assisting me throughout my PTLLS course. I am referring to Anne Gravells within my assignments and find her easy referencing easy to work with.

Mrs Angela Mawer
Scartho Learning Centre, Community Learning Services
March 13, 2013

I think that this book is a useful tool for students who have not been in the teaching environment before.

It is related to the different assignment briefs and provides examples and activities that provoke reflective thought.

Ms Tanya Young
Teaching, Learning and Standards, Riverside College Halton
February 7, 2013

We are running a short course on basic teaching for members of our Participation Programme who work with students on the BA Hons Social Work course. This will be essential reading for the Programme members. Fantastic book!

Ms Jules Goodger
Social Work , Havering College of Further and Higher Education
January 31, 2013

Great book so easy to read and follow. Links very well to the Learning outcomes ad has many useful tasks to complete.

Mrs Jacqui Clark
Higher Academic Studies, Midkent College
December 21, 2012

An essential read fro those working towards PGCE, easy read to cover all aspects of learning and teaching!

Mrs Evonne Parker
School of education , Blackburn College
December 4, 2012

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