Welcome to this A–Z!

This is the first extract from this week’s featured Book of the Week  The A-Z  Guide to Working in Further Education by Jonathan Gravells and Susan Wallace. In this introductory section the authors explain the approach the book will take.

Whether you’ve just been appointed to your first job in further education (FE), or you’re a trainee teacher starting out on your career, or you’ve been promoted to a leadership or management role and are wanting a quick update, this book is for you. You’ll find that you can use it in a number of ways. You may like simply to dip into it to discover a definition, or to mug up on a particular topic prior to a meeting. Or you may like to do some more concentrated reading with a specific focus by following linked entries to explore one of the themes, such as Improving Performance or Making the Most of Change , which we’ve mapped out for you on the previous pages. Perhaps you’ll use it to refresh your memory about lesson planning, or management theory, or even to remind yourself about the funny side of working in FE.

In your reading of this A–Z you’ll encounter certain characters who appear and reappear in the various examples and scenarios. As FE trainees and professionals they all have their strengths and foibles, and we hope that the process of spotting these will add to your enjoyment of the book. They are there to instruct (by good example or otherwise), but also to entertain. Their triumphs, quandaries and disasters all take place at Bogginbrook College – an entirely fi ctional institution. We provide an organisational chart at the beginning of this book so that you can see at a glance how these characters relate to one another in their management roles.

For whatever purpose you use this A–Z – and we hope you find it helpful in all the ways we’ve mentioned – do bear in mind that it’s intended primarily as a toolkit for busy teachers, trainee teachers, leaders and managers. It makes no claim to be an indepth textbook. The individual entries are designed to provide rule-of-thumb advice on practical matters, or working summaries of relevant theory. The map of linked entries allows you to take your exploration one step further; as do the cross-references, indicated in bold. But if you’d like to pursue any of these topics or ideas in more depth, you’ll find suggestions for further reading incorporated in the text, as well as summarised in the Useful References section at the end of the book.

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