Events and courses from Hilary Read and Ann Gravells

Hilary Read has been training vocational trainers, teachers, assessors and quality assurers nationally for over 20 years. She strongly believes that those teaching in the further education and skills sector should be equipped with the skills they need, and her guides have enabled thousands of people to feel confident that they are implementing good practice. The best vocational trainer’s guide’ is the fourth in her highly acclaimed ‘the best …’ series of guides.

Ann Gravells has been working in the further education and skills sector for over 30 years. She specializes in teaching, training, assessment and quality assurance. She is passionate about helping new staff gain the experience and qualifications they need to work in the sector. She has written and co-written several textbooks to help new teachers gain knowledge and skills.

Hilary and Ann have made deliberate career decisions to stay close to practitioners and what happens ‘on the ground’ with learners. They have run hands-on CPD events for colleges of FE, private training providers, awarding organisations and sector skills councils. Between them, they have thousands of social media followers and run discussion groups on Linkedin where they hear from many practitioners. They have a good grasp of the issues facing those responsible for delivering and assessing learning. They both write and publish high-quality teaching and learning resources for practitioners in the FE and skills sector. Ann is an author for SAGE publications and Hilary funds the writing, design and development of guides and resources via her own publishing company, Read On Publications Ltd.


Summer Conference / CPD Day


Friday 9th June 2017 9.30 - 4.00 Leeds city centre

£125 including lunch and refreshments

Enter the promotional code EB10 prior to checkout for an early bird discount of 10%, valid until the end of February

Ann Gravells and Hilary Read are pleased to announce their first summer full day conference/CPD event aimed at practitioners, trainers and assessors in the further education (FE) and skills sector.

The conference is themed around ‘embracing change’, and will include key speakers, workshops and exhibitors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • hear from keynote speakers about changes within the sector and their impact including Functional Skills and using technology to enhance vocational learning
  • take part in workshops with Hilary and Ann on changes to teaching, learning, assessment and/or quality assurance
  • network with colleagues and exhibitors
  • purchase Hilary and Ann’s resources at discount prices.

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31st January, Hospice UK, Central London

1st February, St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol

Hilary is currently running events nationally in delivering new health and adult care apprenticeships at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Hilary is delivering CPD events with St Christopher’s Hospice this Autumn on delivering the new Health and Adult Care Apprenticeships at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

This event is for you if you are an employer, training provider, further education college involved in health and/or adult care apprenticeships, or if you are an HR and education lead from a hospice or a clinical environment.

About the event

New apprenticeship standards are very different from the previous frameworks and require the employer and apprenticeship provider to work together in a meaningful partnership.

The challenge for the health and care sector is increased by Health Education England’s confirmation that apprenticeships will play a major part in the nursing workforce reforms outlined in Raising the Bar: Shape of Caring* with vocational pathways from healthcare assistant to nurse and the introduction of a nursing associate role (pilots start January 2017).

Apprenticeship providers and employers will need to agree how the learning will be delivered and how the funds should be shared in line with their respective input. With apprenticeship standards and assessment plans approved, there is no better time to start planning in detail and to position your organisation and staff.

All attendees will receive a free copy of The Best Vocational Trainer’s Guide or The Best Assessor’s Guide (apprenticeships edition).

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'I had the pleasure of listening to Hilary deliver an outstanding presentation on end-point assessment at the recent 'Are you ready for the Apprenticeships Levy?' conference in Coventry in July 2016. It was interesting to hear her views and she shared some very valuable information. She used slides that gave us a close look at what the future will be for practitioners in this area. Comments from colleagues confirmed that they too found this a most interesting presentation from the ground. I would certainly recommend using Hilary for training staff and for explaining what practice should look like for all of us involved in the delivery and assessment of new apprenticeships.'
Salman Khan, Director Training and Recruitment, KBM.

'Hilary ran workshop sessions for centre staff at our national conference in July this year. These were well-received and Hilary is now running CPD events on assessment, quality assurance and planning vocational teaching for us. These have been attended by new and experienced assessors/IQAs/EQAs, all of whom have welcomed the opportunity to upskill and compare their practice with others. As a result of the positive feedback we’ve received from Hilary’s events, we will offer more CPD events like these in the future.'
Tracy Harker, Quality Assurance and Relationship Manager, Logic Certification.
'I attended a CPD training day delivered by Hilary and Ann and found it totally informative, meeting others and sharing ideas and best practice. I came away with something new to try when training, teaching and assessing. A great day!'
Alison Roebuck, Hospitality trainer, assessor and IQA.
'Hilary ran a two-day event for us in Germany and it was fantastic! I have been assessing and quality assuring for 22 years and attended many CPD sessions. This was the first one in a very long time where I felt I had personally learned something and advanced in my professional development.'
Sarah Elliott, Hair and Beauty subject lead; Teacher/assessor for Hair, Beauty, Employability, Education & Training and TAQA, Kings Hub, Germany


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