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The Professional Teacher in Further Education

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The Professional Teacher in Further Education

AUTHOR : By Keith Appleyard and Nancy Appleyard Edited by Susan Wallace

ISBN : 9781909682016

Publication : Apr 8, 2014

Extent : 144 pgs

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Publication : Apr 8, 2014

Extent : 144 pgs


This essential text provides an accessible and up to date critical analysis of professionalism for student teachers and practitioners within the Further Education (FE) sector. Professional values, knowledge, understanding and skills form the core of the standards against which teachers are measured and the framework for the teacher’s development, starting with initial qualifications and progressing through a career long process of continual professional development (CPD).

The book introduces a range of theoretical models and examples of professionalism. It examines the critical importance of self-awareness and understanding of others as the basis for effective professional relationships with learners. The application of professional values, knowledge and skills, both in the teaching role and in the wider academic community, is discussed. Throughout the reader is encouraged to relate the theories to their own professional values and practice and to reflect on their own levels of professionalism and CPD requirements.


  1. Introduction: the oldest profession
  1. Professionalism: protons, neutrons and electrons
  1. Upfront and personal: the merits of self absorption
  1. Curiosity enlightened the cat: looking beyond ‘learner’
  1. The professional marketing specialist: branding the learning product
  1. The proof of the pudding is in the teaching
  1. The professional club: a membership guide
  1. Thinking matters: from hindsight to fortune telling
  1. Conclusion



Keith Appleyard has worked within the post-16 sector since 1978 as a lecturer, college senior manager and teacher trainer. Over a 20-year period he was a tutor and course leader for PGCE/Cert Ed programmes at Lincoln College, and a tutor on these programmes at Nottingham Trent University. He has worked as an OFSTED inspector and for 7 years as an ITT reviewer for Standards Verification UK. Presently he is a consultant for LSIS.

Nancy Appleyard began herworking life in the insurance industry, becoming a partner in a General Insurance brokerage. In the early 90’s she took a career change and taught Communication Studies at Lincoln College for 10 years. Since 2001 she has designed and delivered more wide-ranging and flexible communication and personal development programmes for Grantham College and the wider AE community (for example RAF bases and community houses). Currently she gives presentations to organisations throughout the East Midlands and, along with her husband Keith, is lucky enough to have one of the most enjoyable jobs on offer: giving lectures on communication and personal development to cruise ship audiences, a great opportunity to meet a host of interesting people and see new places.

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Your Reviews on this book

I found it provided a very refreshing and contemporary approach to teaching in FE, recognising that it is a different environment to schools. I particularly liked the way it addresses the commercial aspects of FE teaching, which is often overlooked. It also provides very good links between theory and practice, without getting bogged-down by theorists.

Susan Hobbs, Northern College

It is very easy to dip into.  The case studies and the critical thinking activities are very good and will allow for reflection and contextualisation of practice.

Elaine Battams, Barnfield College

I particularly like the section on 'virtues' and values - something I have found us discussing more and more lately.  The debate over how much of yourself you reveal to students - e-safety etc - impinges on the issue of teacher influence.  When we share ideas about what makes a good teacher, so often it's a question of their values.

Sandy Stratford, Lincoln College
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