Mathematical Resilience: developing learners’ self-belief and perseverance (East and North) (Code: C0336)

This course addresses the negative attitudes and anxieties towards mathematics commonly held by young people and adults, and identifies strategies to engage and motivate them - helping them to become mathematically resilient learners. The course can be run as a freestanding one-day course, or as the first stage of a package leading on to the three-day 'Coaching skills for developing mathematical resilience' course.

Pricing options

<Face to face 1 day>

There are two pricing options:

1. Individual fees

  • Society for Education and Training member: £85
  • Non-members: £100

2. In-house

To get maximum value from your CPD budget we can run this course in-house at a time and venue to suit you.

  • Training for up to 16 staff: £880
  • Training for up to 32 staff: £1,700 

You can also add a post-course webinar to your session to help embed the learning from the course in practice for only an additional £200.

<Webinar 1 session>

There are two pricing options:

1. Individual fees

  • Society for Education and Training member: £21.25
  • Non-members: £25

2. In-house

To get maximum value from your CPD budget we can run this course for a group of your staff online at a time and venue to suit you for £200 per webinar.


Enquire about running this course at your location

Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

Who is this for?

This course is for teachers/trainers: teaching GCSE maths teaching Functional Skills maths supporting learners' mathematical skills in vocational contexts.  

Training aim

This course introduces the key ideas of mathematical resilience and the 'growth zone' model, and how teachers can develop strategies to overcome barriers to maths learning.


You will be able to:

  • develop understanding of the barriers and anxiety faced by many maths learners
  • explore four key factors in mathematical resilience and their implications for classroom practice:
    • growth mindset
    • personal value and agency
    • how to work at maths  
    • appropriate scaffolding and support
  • use activities which make maths ALIVE (accessible, linked, inclusive, valuable, engaging).


One full day. Pre-course reading materials will be provided for all participants, with access to further materials online.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be teaching, managing or supporting maths in the FE and skills sector.

Participants completing this course have the option of progressing to the 3-day course, 'Developing coaching strategies to support English and Maths learning'.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. We will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830