Resilience: an introduction (English)

Maths and English Pipeline

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

SET member: £85

Non-SET member: £100

Providers with up to 5 delegates: £300 and 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.

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

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Who is this course for?

This course is for teachers/trainers:

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

If your organisation would like to host a course for your own staff, either in-house or with extra places offered to external candidates you can register interest here

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.

Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training


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). 

Length of the course

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