1st Edition

How to be a Brilliant FE Teacher A practical guide to being effective and innovative

By Vicky Duckworth Copyright 2014
    224 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    How to be a Brilliant FE Teacher is a straightforward, friendly guide to being an effective and innovative teacher in post-compulsory education. Focussing on practical advice drawn from the author’s extensive and successful personal experience of both teaching and training teachers, it offers sound guidance, underpinned by the latest research, theory and policy in the field.

    Structured around the questions that all new teachers and lecturers ask in their first teaching post, it is an introduction to both essential teaching skills and what to expect from working in this exciting, fast-paced sector. Key chapters cover:

    • The learners – who they are, diversity and motivation;
    • What will actually happen – organising teaching, technology and resources;
    • How to keep your students’ interest – understanding and responding to learning styles;
    • How will I know if they’ve learned it? – assessment and feedback;
    • Making sure it’s working – student evaluation, reflecting on and improving practice.

    Packed throughout with information about where to find the best materials and resources to support your teaching, this book also offers sensible advice on balancing home and life, working effectively with your colleagues and progressing in your career.

    How to be a Brilliant FE Teacher will be a source of support and inspiration for all those embarking on their initial training and first post in the sector, as well as qualified professionals looking for reassuring, fresh ideas.

    Acknowledgements  Dedication  Introduction  1. Learning and Teaching for Young People and Adults  2. Recent policy in the Lifelong Learning Sector – changes in legislation funding and structures  3. What to do on Monday Morning/Wednesday Evening/all day Friday?  4. Who are the learners?  5. What will actually happen?  6. How will I keep their interest?  7. How will I know if they’ve learned it?  8. How will I know if it’s working?  9. Learning to Learn


    Vicky Duckworth is Senior Lecturer and MA PCET Co-ordinator in Post Compulsory Education and Training and Schools' University Lead at Edge Hill University, UK.

    "... I believe that this is a book which will contribute significantly to the continuing professional development of FE teachers. Furthermore, I suggest that its particular layout, with its theoretical framework, suggested reflections, ideas for consideration and case studies would make it a very useful tool for principals or senior managers in promoting a shared vision and in facilitating collective staff development in a Further Education college or centre." - Adult Learner 2014, Dan Condren, National University of Ireland

    "There is a great deal of knowledge and advice here for all FE teachers wishing to improve and refl ect upon their practice, although in terms of subject specifi cs it is probably most appropriate for those teaching basic skills and humanities. This book is supportive and based on fi rst-hand experience, trial and error, collaborative approaches to learning and the sharing of practice in the lifelonglearning sector." - Sophie Nickeas, Senior Tutor for Vocational Training at YOI & HMP Bronzefield, a PhD Researcher at the University of West London and Fellow of Ifl.