Welcome to Read On Publications
At Read On Publications, we promote good practice in vocational teaching, assessment and quality assurance. We've been training teachers, assessors, IQAs and EQAs for over twenty years and all our products are based on practical experience and common sense. If you are an assessor or IQA, or are responsible for their training, we have resources, courses, information and advice to help you.
For a limited time only: Two guides for £35.00
Choose any two from:
The best quality assurer's guide (normal price £30.00). Click here to see sample pages.
The best vocational trainer's guide (normal price £35.00). Click here to see sample pages.
The best initial assessment guide (normal price £30.00). Click here to see sample pages.
The best assessor's guide: Essential knowledge and skills for vocational assessors, apprenticeships edition
The second edition of this best-selling, easy-to-use handbook is for everyone with responsibility for vocational assessment, whether you are new to the role, an experienced assessor or responsible for training assessors. Completely revised and updated to reflect recent changes in assessment practice, this guide explains the role of the vocational assessor, including those responsible for apprenticeships (England), how to approach the different stages of assessment, and how to prepare learners for vocational qualifications. You will find advice on how and when to use the different assessment methods, including new methods used in apprenticeships. Throughout the guide are new sections on formative strategies, to help you with both on-programme and end-point assessment.
The guide brings together the expertise of many experienced assessors, with case studies and real-life examples including those related to new apprenticeships. It is an ideal companion for everyone working towards an assessor qualification or who wants to improve their skills.
£30.00 (plus postage and packaging)
The best vocational trainer’s guide by Hilary Read and Ann Gravells
This comprehensive guide is for trainers and employers delivering vocational training in the further education and skills sector. Based on best practice in planning learning, training and coaching work-based learners, the guide draws on the knowledge and experience of experts and practitioners, with many real-life examples. It will help users gain the skills they need as they develop their practice, showing them how to link their training to the workplace. It is an indispensable companion for all those responsible for learning in the workplace or who are working towards a teaching qualification. There are links to the Award and Certificate in Education and Training (AET and CET) at the end of each section.
£35.00 (plus postage and packaging)
Special Offer: Two guides for £60.00 (plus postage and packaging)
I have finished reading The best vocational trainer’s guide and I’m very impressed. It is probably the most useful publication I have read for those involved in work place assessment and training. My company specialises in recovering poorly-delivered programmes and unfortunately there are many of them (mostly Government funded). I had two thoughts when I read the book: the first was I wished I'd had this book a few years ago as it addresses the root causes of many programmes which falter and includes vital topics such as adopting a coaching approach, formative assessment, and communication with the employer, learner and others. My second thought was that if the book had been around and read by the masses a few years ago I might not have a business!
The approaches you have considered in the book lie at the heart of assessor, IQA and EQA training. We spend a lot of time providing real life examples and case studies from the work place where things might look different, but which EQAs in particular must recognise, acknowledge and consider when conducting their visits. It is great to see these in print. The theory of work place learning needs to be out there, as you have done within the guide, to help people become brave and confident about their approach and not fear they are doing it incorrectly. Observations of teaching, learning and assessment are often devised to meet the classroom setting, which is where those conducting them feel most comfortable, instead of the work place setting where it really happens. Hilary and Ann have produced a publication to be proud of – it is excellent.
Joey Greenwood, Smart Training Solutions.
Our other guides
The best initial assessment guide
£30.00 (plus postage and packing)
This simple-to-follow guide is aimed at all those involved in initial assessment (IA) and recruitment of learners and makes the business case for getting it right - from the start! The guide is an essential companion for anyone working towards an initial teacher training qualification or who gives advice and guidance to learners and contains templates and examples based in real practice for those wishing to design a robust IA system.
An excellent guide that provides the principles of effective initial assessment with some great examples.
Oliver Trailor, Functional Skills Manager, Runway Training
The best assessor's guide
£30.00 (plus postage and packing)
This best-selling guide is for everyone with responsibility for assessing whether new to the role or experienced. Based on best practice in assessment, the guide provides invaluable help with the skills assessors need to update their practice, develop within the role or gain one of the assessor qualifications.
I received my copy of the best assessor's guide this morning, and have already seen a couple of best practice ideas that I can apply to my delivery and assessment of the TAQA qualifications and that will improve on what I already thought was a quality model of delivery and assessment! It just goes to show that you need to continually update yourself. I'm looking forward to seeing The best quality assurer's guide, especially if it is as good as this one. Well done, I really like it.
Julie McCann, Freelance IQA
The best quality assurer's guide
£30.00 (plus postage and packing)
This practical guide is for those with responsibility for internal or external quality assurance, new or experienced and is the ideal companion for anyone working towards one of the qualifications in internal or external quality assurance. It contains practical examples of policies, procedures and practices based on good practice.
Hilary's books about assessment and quality assurance (internal and external) really help people to understand the occupational standards for assessment and quality assurance. Things have changed hugely in this field and it is really helpful to use these guides as a good CPD tool for existing Assessors, IQAs and EQAs. Sometimes we forget that changes happen and Hilary's books really help with how to implement these.
Carol Pillinger, Quality and Qualifications Consultant