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.
Introducing The best vocational trainer’s guide due for publication this Autumn
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.
The guide contains help with:
- Teaching, training and learning in the workplace: What the research says, the employer’s perspective, different roles, principles of effective workbased teaching and learning, and practical ways of implementing them.
- The different ways of planning for workplace learning including embedding English maths and ICT.
- Delivering learning, including a useful section on workplace coaching.
- Assessing learning: initial formative and summative assessment and where these fit.
- Reflecting on performance – for trainers and learners.
There are links to the Award and Certificate in Education and Training (AET and CET) at the end of each section.
Sample pages and testimonials
"The guide is pitched at the right level and I found the section on delivery really useful. It gave me new information that will greatly support all kinds of trainers. By clearly identifying the different roles at the beginning, you can see how to adapt elements of the guide to suit your own role and you can see what will work for you and what won’t." - Sara Morton, Lifetime Training
"I run Train the Trainer courses and can see myself using this book with the kind of learners who attend. These are people whose vocational expertise is great but who have no formal training in how to plan and deliver, so the core themes of the book are very appropriate. In my experience the majority of training textbooks focus on group training and I was pleased to see that this material is relevant to the trainer who delivers mainly 1-1, as many of my learners are in this position. Others too, have not studied in a classroom for many years and need something like this that does not presume prior knowledge of the education sector and explains new terms effectively." - Wendy Horrex, Trainer in Professional Development, West Sussex College
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
£25.00 (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 with the QCF 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