Using coaching strategies to support maths & English (South)

"Coaching is a process which aims to unlock a person's potential to maximise their own performance by helping them to learn rather than teaching them." (Whitmore, 2003). This course focuses on how teachers can develop and incorporate coaching approaches into their repertoire of skills, and use these to help maths & English learners become more independent, resilient and resourceful. It will encourage teachers to think differently about their practice and the learning culture in their classroom

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 courses 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?

Practitioners working in the education and skills sector who are:

  • teaching Functional Skills maths or English
  • teaching GCSE maths or English
  • supporting learners' maths or English skills in vocational contexts
  • learning coaches, mentors or support assistants.

Training aim

To provide teachers and support staff with tools to transform their classroom culture & practice by:

  • raising awareness of the impact of their actions on learners' attitudes, beliefs & behaviour
  • developing coaching techniques - including active listening, questioning & feeding back
  • using these techniques to engage, challenge & support maths & English learners.


By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • identify the key principles of coaching
  • identify different levels of listening & consider which are most appropriate for a coaching approach
  • use powerful coaching-style questions within their maths & English teaching practice
  • apply the GROW model of questioning to challenge & support learners
  • understand the impact of the teacher's actions on learners' attitudes & identify how they might modify their behaviour
  • use non-judgmental feedback techniques to promote growth mindsets
  • develop the use of peer-coaching as a teaching & learning strategy.


One day.

Entry Requirements

You should be teaching or supporting maths & English learners in the FE and skills sector.

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