Supporting ESOL on maths courses (Code: C0879)

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims to investigate the importance of language in developing numeracy/maths skills and to develop strategies to support ESOL learners with their maths learning.

Pricing options

There are two pricing options.

1. Individual fees

• SET member: £85

• Non-SET member: £100

2. In-house

Get the maximum value from your CPD budget and run an in-house course at a date and time to suit. In-house course: £500

To book an in-house course please follow this link:


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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?

Teachers, learning support assistants and curriculum managers of GCSE maths, Functional Skills maths and family numeracy. ESOL / English specialists supporting Functional Skills maths learners may also benefit from the session.

Training aim

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims:

  • to identify the importance of language in developing numeracy / maths skills.
  • to identify potential problems for ESOL learners with understanding key vocabulary and mathematical concepts.
  • to develop strategies and explore some resources designed to help ESOL learners get the most out of their maths programmes.


By the end of the course you will have:

  • identified the role of language in maths teaching
  • considered the language and maths learning needs of a range of learners whose first languages are other than English
  • recognised potential language difficulties faced by ESOL learners when studying maths
  • developed strategies for supporting ESOL learners with understanding and explaining mathematical concepts and processes.


This is a blended learning course, which consists of two 2-hour live sessions and self-led learning between them. The live sessions will be held at least one week apart, giving you a week to complete the mid-course tasks.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830