Developing personal skills and knowledge to support learners effectively in English (series of six webinars)

These six webinars will help you with the strategies and knowledge in supporting Functional Skills and GCSE English learners. All webinars will provide personal skills and knowledge development but also an insight into specific teaching approaches that will help students who have struggled in these areas.

Pricing options

SET member: £100

Non-SET member: £119

This is a subsidised rate for providers that receive funding from the ESFA.

For providers not receiving funding the full cost is £178. 

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?

  • Support staff
  • Volunteers
  • Staff new to English teaching at GCSE or functional skills level 1 or 2
  • English teachers who would like a boost
  • Trainers, assessors, tutors and mentors and anyone who wants to develop confidence in the topics covered

Training aim

To develop an in-depth understanding of and approaches to teaching the following:

  • Webinar 1 - Getting to grips with spelling and punctuation; exploring strategies for supporting Functional Skills and GCSE English learners in these areas
  • Webinar 2 - A focus on grammar and developing complex sentences and vocabulary
  • Webinar 3 - Reading skills - analysing how writers use language and structure to create meaning
  • Webinar 4 - Writing skills - writing for different purposes and audiences including creative writing
  • Webinar 5 - Speech and language - effective presentations/understanding your audience
  • Webinar 6 - Developing structured interventions and support for a range of students


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

• Teach the topics with confidence

• Find different ways to teach the English skills students struggle with

• Make links between the topic areas and relate these to real life situations

• Give effective feedback and deal with misconceptions


Each webinar will last 60 minutes

Entry Requirements

No previous knowledge needed. Just a willingness to learn, ask questions and have a go.

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