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Teaching and learning

The materials below form part of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and include support for assessment, motivating learners, teaching and training in the classroom and workshop. Watch our introductory video or read our guide to the toolkit to help you consider key questions relating to teaching and learning. 

Please visit our pages English, ESOL, maths, equality and diversity, SEND, using technology and vocational training, for resources supporting these specific areas.

Learn how to embed the Professional standards to your delivery

If you are planning your CPD, take a look at the Professional Standards which provide a framework for teachers and trainers to identify areas for professional development. You can undertake an online self-assessment and print out the results or download the Professional Standards checklist from the guide to the toolkit to record your reflections.

The focus of Manchester College’s Professional Standards ‘How to’ Guide: embedding the standards in offender learning settings guide captures practitioners’ experiences of embedding the Professional Standards in offender learning settings.

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)

QTLS is the badge of professionalism for post-16 education and training, helping practitioners advance in their careers and demonstrate their expertise and experience to colleagues, employers and learners. Watch the video to find out about QTLS, its links to the Professional Standards and how it can support you in improving your professional practice irrespective of how long you have been teaching.  



Improving communication skills

Did you know that 60% of young people in the youth justice system have communication needs? That means over half the young people in youth offender institutions may not understand what is being said to them or have problems making themselves understood. The Communication Trust has created a range of support materials, for anyone working in YOIs, focusing on speech, language and communication these include a guide as well as posters and postcards containing lots of useful tips. 


All FE providers have a duty to safeguard their students, Prevent is about safeguarding our students to keep them both safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways. The Education and Training Foundation has launched a website to support providers in adopting the Prevent Duty.



Whilst Ofsted’s ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment Good Practice Guide Sept 2014’ is not based on findings from their inspections of prisons, we will look with sector experts to see what lessons can be learnt from outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in the further education and skills sector and the factors that contribute to them.

You can request printed copies of a wide variety of free offender learning resources to support teaching, learning and assessment using this order form.

Related Resources

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Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17

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Resources to support offender learning - mapped to the Professional Standards

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Pictorial approach to engaging learners with workshop activity at HMP Garth

Classroom or workshop management strategies

Classroom or workshop management strategies

Practitioner-led action research in prisons

Offender learning practitioner research 2014-15

NLN materials

Collection of e-learning materials for maths and English plus a range of academic and vocational subjects

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Measuring the Wider Impact of PSD Provision in Prisons

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Why undertake action research within prisons

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How to avoid or better manage conflict situations: CPD materials

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Managing behaviour for learning: CPD materials

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Pro-social modelling: CPD materials

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Offender learning coaching CPD pack overview and links to materials

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Fit for Release: How sports-based learning can help prisoners engage in education, gain employment and desist from crime

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Embedding learning across the prison at HMP Swaleside

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Professional Standards ‘How to’ Guide: embedding the standards in offender learning settings

Improving Access to Offender Learning in the Community

Improving Access to Offender Learning in the Community

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Assessment for learning - a quick start guide

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Developing Functional Skills diagnostic assessments for E1 to L2

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Bridge Programme

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Project based learning in a secure setting

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Can lesson study support the continuous professional development of offender educators and enhance offender learning provision?

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Creative teaching in offender learning using Joint Practice Development at HMP Dovegate 2013

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Creative teaching in offender learning - HMP Dovegate research project 2012