Vocational Revitaliser: an introduction (English) Learning Outcomes

Vocational Revitaliser: an introduction (English) are one day courses to support English learning and development. We offer a menu of courses including:

  • Construction
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Early Years
  • Health and Social Care
  • Land Based Studies
  • Open context (for practitioners from a range of different vocational areas)
  • Open context entry level (for teachers who teach/ support learners at entry level)
  • Bespoke (tailored to a vocational area of your choosing)
  • Joint English and maths (half day open context English, half day open context maths)*

Target audience

Practitioners working in the further education and skills sector who are employed by a SFA-funded organisation.

  • Vocational lecturers
  • Workplace trainers
  • Assessors
  • Learning support assistants


  • Review the English skills that underpin vocational skills
  • Identify the barriers that learners face in tackling reading and writing tasks in a vocational context
  • Demonstrate and try out a range of active learning strategies to develop English skills on vocational courses
  • Explore the use of graphic organisers in planning writing
  • Evaluate different embedded support strategies for spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Demonstrate some popular e-learning tools for use in embedded support
  • Signpost online learning opportunities to develop your own personal English skills


Vocational Revitalisers: an introduction (English) are blended-learning programmes. Participants will undertake and/or access:

  • a short pre-session task;
  • a full day with other vocational practitioners in their area, developing skills, techniques and confidence to support learners’ English learning;
  • signposting to online learning to develop their personal English; and
  • a national forum to share ideas and approaches.

On the day

This session* will usually run from 10am to 4pm.

During the morning participants will have an opportunity to:

  • review the range of English skills that underpin their vocational area and which can be developed through embedded support;
  • identify some of the barriers that learners may face in reading vocational texts;
  • explore a range of teaching strategies to develop reading skills on vocational programmes e.g. activating prior knowledge, modelling reading strategies, vocabulary development, DARTS activities, graphic organisers and the use of digital technology; and
  • identify opportunities and strategies to develop speaking and listening skills within their vocational contexts.

During the afternoon participants will have an opportunity to:

  • review the barriers that learners face when tackling writing tasks on vocational programmes;
  • explore the use of graphic organisers in writing support;
  • evaluate different marking and teaching strategies to develop skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar; and
  • identify some useful e learning tools and websites for use in embedded support with writing.

*Please note this session is adapted if your select an English vocational revitaliser for teachers working with learners at predominantly entry level.