English Resilience: developing learners' self-belief and perseverance (North)

This course addresses the negative attitudes towards learning English commonly held by young people and adults, and identifies strategies to engage and motivate them - helping them to become more 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 English resilience' course.

Pricing options

There are three pricing options:

1. Individual fees

SET member: £85 

Non-SET member: £100

2. Hosting

Providers with 6-10 delegates: £600.

We will support you to fill the extra places but this is a great opportunity to work collaboratively with providers in your locality.

3. In-house

Do you want to get the maximum value from your CPD budget? Why not run an in-house course at a time and venue to suit?

In-house course for up to 16 staff: £880

In-house courses for up to 32 staff: £1,700

In-house courses for up to 48 staff: £2,400


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 as normal. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet and then click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero.

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 English language
  • teaching Functional Skills English
  • support learners' literacy and English skills in vocational contexts.

Training aim

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


You will be able to:

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


One full day.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be teaching, managing or supporting English or literacy skills in the FE and Skills sector.

Participants completing this one-day course have the option of progressing to the three-day course 'Coaching skills for developing English resilience'.

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
E: bookingsupport@etfoundation.co.uk