Invaluable book for practitioners in standards-based apprenticeships

The New Apprenticeships by Andrew Armitage and Alison Cogger Critical Publishing: paperback, 167 pages

I can thoroughly recommend this book to any tutor, coach or mentor involved in the delivery of learning and assessment for the new, standards-based apprenticeships. It has already been a key part of my own continuing

professional development (CPD) and, in turn, I have used it within my delivery of teacher education programmes, as it is not only relevant to existing tutors, but also newcomers. The book effectively links theory to practice and highlights the importance of continuous reflection from both the tutor and learner to allow each one to grow, and develop their skills. It supports self- assessment in relation to the tutor’s skills, again linking relevant theory to practical skills. The book is well set out. It follows the development of the standards-based apprenticeships and continues with the journey of the apprentice, and the roles and responsibilities of the tutor in preparing them for end-point assessment. It makes clear reference to the importance of

mentoring learners throughout their qualification. The chapter on mentoring skills demonstrates the importance of the evolution for the tutor from mentor to coach, and highlights the impact that these skills can have on the learner and their personal development. The book also supports the tutor in their ability


Teach Like Nobody’s Watching. The Essential Guide to Effective and Efficient Teaching By Mark Enser Crown House Publishing: paperback, 185 pages

Mark Enser bases his book on his three beliefs about teaching: that it is simple in essence, complex to do well and, too often, overly complicated in practice. He uses his simplified structure of teaching – recap, input, evaluation


and feedback – as the chapter headings for part one of this three- part book. All the way through it is clear that it is influenced by the latest research on neuroscience about the way we learn. But Enser blends this with a stout defence of what might be described as a more traditional approach to teaching, in which a teacher is expected to know their subject inside out and impart knowledge didactically.

He displays a healthy scepticism about what he calls learning fads and it is reassuring that he is firmly in favour of teachers taking more control of their continuing professional development (CPD). His book is aimed at school teachers primarily, although much of it is applicable in FE. Enser’s style is succinct and economical.

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Simplicity Rules. How simplifying what we do in the classroom can benefit learners By Jo Facer David Fulton (an imprint of Routledge): paperback, 120 pages There are striking similarities between Jo Facer’s book and Mark Enser’s book (left). For a start, both argue that teaching has become overly, and needlessly, complicated and that there’s a need to simplify things for the benefit of learners, as

to recognise the individual needs of their learners. The recognition of personal, work and socio-economic barriers highlights to the reader the importance of individualising learning and not relying on a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The book is an essential tool in planning engaging and motivating sessions, using a range of resources and methods to support achievement. It allows the reader to understand the importance of using a wide variety of technologies to support progression, and to individualise each session with the learner as its focus.

The information in the book is up to date and all five chapters are relevant to the wide range of sectors to which the new apprenticeships are linked. It can be used successfully as a day-to-day working guide as well as a reference book for assignment writing and planning effective tutor refresher training. It has clearly been well researched by professionals who understand the challenges faced by tutors in the FE sector. The use of practical scenarios and regular activities throughout the book supports professional development and introduces new teaching and learning methods.

Review by Kirsty Harvey, skills development manager with Babcock International Group. Kirsty is a Member of SET and holds Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

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