What is the subscription
This new subscription service gives you access to a
variety of electronic teaching and learning resources
to help with your continuing professional
development and if you are responsible for training.
Resources are suitable for:
- vocational assessors, including end-point
- those responsible for quality assurance (IVs and
- vocational teachers and trainers, including
coach assessors of apprenticeships
- those responsible for staff training
What you get
Subscribing gives you access to a range of
professionally-produced resources in full colour with
photos, tables and diagrams including:
- video presentations and webinars
- 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
New resources are added regularly.
What does it cost?
£75 initial joining fee:
then £5 per month
New this month is an update to the screencast on where apprenticeships fit within the Post-16 Skills Plan and we are with T-Levels including:
- what they are
- how they are structured, including grading proposals
- the results of piloting
- guidelines for industry placements
- what employers are saying about their capacity and willingness to get involved
Examples of resources available to subscribers
Activities for assessors
Practical, work-based activities with links to assessor qualifications and guidance on how to use them. Successful completion of activities may provide suitable evidence towards achieving an assessor qualification.
A11 Guidance on using the assessor activities
A12 Activity 1. Self-assessment
A13 Activity 2. Assessment planning
A14 Activity 3. Comparing assessment methods
A15 Activity 4. Peer and self-assessment
A series of screencasts looking at how to make the most of initial assessment.
A16 Initial assessment: Principles and benefits (7 minutes)
A17 Learning domains and apprenticeship standards: Activity
An activity asking assessors to consider validity in vocational assessment with questions for reflection, based on The best assessor’s guide (2016).
A18 The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF): Handout and reflection
Diagram showing how the RQF is structured with questions for reflection, based on The best assessor’s guide (2016).
A19 Example assessment plan: Example and reflection
An example assessment plan based on the Care Certificate with questions for reflection, from The best assessor’s guide (2016).
A110 Standardisation activities for assessors: Handout and reflection
A table explaining the types of activity used to standardise assessment practice with questions for reflection, based on The best assessor’s guide (2016).
Coming next …
A21 Arriving at an assessment decision
A22 Giving feedback
A23 Meeting individual needs
A24 Keys to observation
T11 Becoming an assessor trainer in apprenticeships: Presentation (13 minutes)
An introduction to the role of the assessor trainer and looks at examples of an apprenticeship standard, assessment plan, assessment methods and the implications for practice.
T12 The stages of learning: Activity and reflection
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).
T13 The experiential learning cycle: Activity and reflection
A one-page introduction to Kolb’s experiential learning cycle with reflective questions from The best vocational trainer’s guide (2015).
T14 Embedding English, mathematics and ICT: Activity
A two-page example of how trainers tackle the issue of teaching and embedding English, maths and ICT with reflective questions from The best vocational trainer’s guide (2015).
T15 Reflective writing: Article and reflection
An article by Dr. Jenny Moon on how to write reflectively followed by questions for discussion and reflection.
Coming next …
T21 The teaching and learning cycle: Activity and reflection
T22 Planning a coaching session: Activity and reflection
T23 Structuring a research assignment: Activity and reflection
CPD activities for internal quality assurers (IQAs) and internal verifiers (IVs)
Practical, work-based activities with links to the IQA qualifications with guidance on how to use them. Successful completion of activities may provide suitable evidence towards achieving an IQA qualification.
Q11 Guidance on using the CPD activities for IQAs
Q12 Activity 1. Self-assessment
Q13 Activity 2. Planning for internal quality assurance
Q14 Activity 3. Improving assessment practice
Q15 Improving the quality of vocational assessment: Screencast
A 6-minute presentation on the main responsibilities of the internal quality assurer and how you link their main activities to the quality assurance cycle.
Q16 Calculating caseloads: Activity and reflection
A one-page activity on working out assessors’ caseloads with reflective questions on current practice.
Coming next …
Q21 Activity 4. Observing assessment practice
Q22 Activity 5. Evaluating use of technology
Q23 Activity 6. Running standardisation meetings
G11 Becoming a vocational assessor: Article
Three areas to consider if you are thinking of becoming a vocational assessor.
G12 Becoming a vocational assessor: Slides
Powerpoint version of the article plus a summary slide at the end.
G13 The Post-16 Skills Plan and T-Levels: Screencast
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.
G14 The Post-16 Skills Plan and T-Levels: Slides
Looking at the implications of the Post-16 Skills Plan: slides from the screencast.
Coming next …
G21 What about learning styles? Screencast
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.