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Electronic resources for vocational practitioners and their trainers

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Becoming a subscriber gives you access to downloadable teaching and learning resources
to help with your continuing professional
development and if you are responsible for training others.

Resources are suitable for:

  • vocational assessors, including end-point
  • those responsible for quality assurance (IVs,
    IQAs and EQAs)
  • vocational teachers and trainers, including
    coach assessors of apprenticeships
  • those responsible for staff training

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Subscribing gives you access to a range of
professionally-produced resources in full colour with
photos, tables and diagrams including:

  • video presentations and webinars
  • factsheets
  • articles
  • practical activities for skills’ development and for
    evidence of competence

You will also be able to:

  • buy Hilary’s printed guides at 30% discount
  • keep up to date with current changes in the FE and
    Skills sector and the implications for practice
  • keep your CPD up-to-date
  • access training resources if you are responsible for
    staff development.

New resources are added regularly.

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In this ten-minute screencast, Hilary explains how to embed English, mathematics and digital skills (EMD) into vocational programmes including:

  • definitions
  • the difference between contextualisation and embedding
  • examples of each, including a short activity
  • principles for designing and delivering learning linked to EMD.

This is an ideal resource for those involved in the design and delivery of Functional Skills qualifications and T-Level projects.

If you don’t want to subscribe, you can purchase the screencast here.


Subscriber resources - here's what you get

Practical activities for assessors

A series of 14 work-based activities with links to assessor qualifications and guidance on how to use them:

Guidance on using the assessor activities

Activity 1. Self-assessment

Activity 2. Assessment planning

Activity 3. Comparing assessment methods

Activity 4. Peer and self-assessment

Activity 5. Arriving at an assessment decision

Activity 6. Giving feedback

Activity 7. Meeting individual needs

Activity 8. Your role in quality assurance of assessment

Activity 9. The benefits of a holistic approach

Activity 10. Using technology

Activity 11. Keeping it legal

Activity 12. Equality, diversity and bilingualism

Activity 13. Reflection and CPD

Activity 14. End-point assessment of apprentices

Initial assessment screencasts

Initial assessment: Principles and benefits

Components of an initial assessment system

Handouts and CPD activities for assessors

Activity: Learning domains and apprenticeship standards

Handout and reflection: The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

Handout and reflection: Example assessment plan (based on The Care Certificate)

Handout and reflection: Standardisation activities for assessors 

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End-point assessment methods

Explanations, diagrams and activities on each of the main EPA methods:

  • Presentations and showcases
  • Observations
  • Professional discussion
  • Knowledge tests
  • Practical skills tests
  • Projects, tasks and assignments
  • Portfolios, learner logs and employer statements
  • Using EPA methods
Presentation: Becoming an assessor trainer in apprenticeships

An introduction to the role of the on-programme assessor/trainer that looks at examples of an apprenticeship standard, assessment plan, assessment methods and the implications for practice.

Handout and reflection: The stages of learning

A one-page introduction to the five stages within the teaching and learning cycle with reflective questions based on The best vocational trainer’s guide (2015).

Handout and reflection:  The experiential learning cycle: 

A one-page introduction to Kolb’s experiential learning cycle with reflective questions from The best vocational trainer’s guide (2015).

Activity: Embedding English, mathematics and ICT

Examples of what to do and what not to do from other trainers and assessors.

On-programme curriculum planning

An activity on putting together the on-programme curriculum within apprenticeships with questions for reflection.

Vocational curriculum planning: making the most of the workplace

A seven-minute screencast on linking your curriculum-planning to learning in the workplace.

The reflection series (handouts and discussion activities)
  • Getting started with CPD
  • Reflective writing
  • Reflection for vocational practitioners
  • CPD for assessors
  • Helping learners to reflect.
Embedding English, mathematics and digital skills

An eight-minute screencast on how to embed these skills into the work task or technical process.

Planning and using work activities

A handout plus questions for discussion and reflection.Getting started with teaching and learning

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The best apprenticeships guide

A 32-page online guide for those responsible for delivering the on-programme element of apprenticeships.

CPD activities for internal quality assurers (IQAs) and internal verifiers (IVs)

Nine work-based activities with links to the IQA qualifications :

Guidance on using the CPD activities for IQAs

Activity 1. Self-assessment

Activity 2. Planning for internal quality assurance

Activity 3. Improving assessment practice

Activity 4. Observing assessment practice

Activity 5. Evaluating use of technology

Activity 6. Running standardisation meetings

Activity 7. CPD of assessors

Activity 8. Evaluating policies, procedures and legal requirements

Activity 9. Reflecting on your performance

Calculating caseloads: Activity and reflection

An activity on working out assessors’ caseloads with questions for reflection

Screencast: Improving the quality of vocational assessment

A short presentation on the main responsibilities of the internal quality assurer and how you link their main activities to the quality assurance cycle.

CPD activities for EQAs

Eight work-based activities linked to the qualifications for EQAs:

Guidance on using the activities for EQAs

Activity 1. Self-assessment

Activity 2. Identifying risk

Activity 3. Planning external quality assurance

Activity 4. Observing assessment practice

Activity 4. Conducting external quality assurance

Activity 5. Standardising practice

Activity 6. Providing advice and support

Activity 7. Evaluating policies, procedures and legal requirements

Activity 8. Reflecting on your performance

EQA of end-point assessment

A handout explaining how EQA of EPA works with questions for reflection.

An introduction to the IQA’s role

A five-page handout with case study and self-assessment checklist for those thinking of becoming an IQA.

Article: Becoming a vocational assessor

Three areas to consider if you are thinking of becoming a vocational assessor.

Slides: Becoming a vocational assessor

Powerpoint version of the article plus a summary slide at the end.Screencast: The Post-16 Skills Plan and T-Levels – where are we now?

Looking at the implications of the Post-16 Skills Plan, concentrating on the introduction of technical qualifications (T-Levels) and what the college route looks like (updated November, 2018).

Slides: The Post-16 Skills Plan and T-Levels

Looking at the implications of the Post-16 Skills Plan: slides from the screencast.

Screencast: What about learning styles?

A critical look at what research says about learning styles and practical ways in which vocational teachers and trainers can address the issues with their learners. 

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Screencast: The Education Inspection Framework (EIF) 3

The third, updated screencast on the EIF that looks at curriculum:

  • intent
  • implementation
  • impact

… and what this means if you are a vocational practitioner responsible for teaching, learning and assessment.

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