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 £7.50 per month
This 32-page online guide is for those responsible for designing, delivering and assessing the on-programme part of apprenticeships in England. It it is designed to help delivery staff design and deliver a programme of vocational learning to ensure that apprentices meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours within the apprenticeship standard.
It contains help with:
- How apprenticeships are structured and who does what, including what apprenticeships at different levels mean
- On-programme design and curriculum planning, including what the 20% looks like
- Managing learning and progress
- Preparing apprentices for the gateway
- Further help, including a glossary of terms.
Subscribers have permission to download and reproduce the guide for multi-use.
Examples of resources available to subscribers
Practical activities for assessors
A series of 14 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. Example titles:
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
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 (35 pages total).
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.
Article and reflection: Reflective writing
An article by Dr. Jenny Moon on how to write reflectively followed by questions for discussion and reflection.
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Handout and reflection: The teaching and learning cycle
CPD activities for internal quality assurers (IQAs) and internal verifiers (IVs)
Nine work-based activities with links to the IQA qualifications and guidance on how to use them. Successful completion of activities may provide suitable evidence towards achieving an IQA qualification. Example titles:
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
Calculating caseloads: Activity and reflection
A one-page activity on working out assessors’ caseloads with reflective questions on current practice.
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.
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)
- What are the changes?
- What are the implications for FE & Skills practitioners?
- What next?