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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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