AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Training services for awarding organisation teams

The trainers

Training is delivered by senior staff and directors at AlphaPlus, who are able to draw on their extensive experience from supporting awarding organisations in the UK and internationally.

Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud

Gavin has extensive experience project managing and quality assuring qualification design, high stakes assessment development and trials for governmental and sector based clients. Gavin has delivered training to clients in the UK and abroad covering topics from the theory of assessment and how it impacts qualification design, through to specialist operation training focussed on the delivery of assessments to underpin newly developed qualifications. Expertise includes the practical application of statistics and the use of IT productivity tools to support the secure and efficient development of assessment material.

Tom Mitchell

Tom has worked in education and educational technology for the last 18 years. Tom has led AlphaPlus’s Functional Skills development and quality assurance programmes for a number of UK awarding organisation clients, and leads on technical aspects of e-assessment. Before working as a consultant, Tom was a lecturer in the Systems Engineering Department at Brunel University, creating and delivering lectures, tutorials and workshops on undergraduate, post-graduate and short course programmes.

John Winkley

John has worked for over 10 years in e-assessment developing three businesses (AlphaPlus, BTL Group and Virtual College) which now enjoy market-leading positions in learning and assessment. In his current role at AlphaPlus he advises UK and international clients on e-assessment and wider assessment matters, as well as leading the development of qualifications and assessments, and providing training to UK and overseas awarding organisations.

His UK clients include: Edexcel, City and Guilds, SQA, NCTL, UFI learndirect, BBC, DfE, BIS, Ofqual, STA, JISC, the Home Office, the Driving Standards Agency and awarding bodies in various professional sectors. His work in e-assessment includes both formative and summative settings, at all education phases (primary to HE), and vocational settings, and covers a wide range of assessment instruments – on-screen objective tests, on-screen essays, e-portfolios, simulation-based assessment and on-screen marking. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and a founder board member of the e-Assessment Association.

Andrew Boyle

Andrew has worked at several of the leading organisations in UK assessment. These include: Cambridge Assessment, NFER, QCA, Ofqual, and City & Guilds. In the last two organisations, Andrew was Head of Research. Andrew is a Fellow of the European Assessment Association, AEA-Europe, and has been a Visiting Fellow of London University’s Institute of Education in 2013/14. Andrew has long experience of delivering training on assessment topics. He has run many seminars for colleagues at his various workplaces, delivered presentations and discussion groups at international conferences, and has given lectures for MA students on assessment topics. For the first nine years of his professional career, Andrew was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher. In that time, he mostly taught adults, and designed and delivered many bespoke courses for demanding professional clients.


Our training is always led by AlphaPlus senior staff. AlphaPlus manage a pool of over 100 associates who are experts in a range of education and assessment fields.


For more information about our AO training service, please contact Giilian Whitehouse:

Email Gillian

Phone: 07881 361718

Sample training materials

We recognise that many of our courses deal with complex topics which can take time to understand. All our delegates receive a complete training pack comprising the materials covered, a handbook covering the subject, copies of the exercises, and a targeted reading list for further study.

We've uploaded some of our training materials for you to view. Please click on the link below to access a zip file of these PDFs:

  • Vocational qualification development guidance
  • Vocational qualification development presentation
  • Vocational qualification development reading list

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