Building Resilience in Maths (inc. Online Lessons)


How can you help build resilience in your maths students?

This session will be lead by Adrian Hall, who works for the AMSP in the North West, and will look at which pedagogical approaches help to build resilience and independence when tackling mathematical problems. We will also look at what language and behaviours help pupils to achieve this.

UPDATED FOR LOCKDOWN - we'll also take a look at strategies for improving engagement in your live online lessons, and how to create a safe online environment for pupils to make mistakes.


  • Understand why some pupils give up when tackling maths problems
  • Explore which pedagogical approaches help build resilience in learners
  • Explore which task designs help build learners' resilience in maths

Who will benefit from attending?

This session would benefit any teachers of Key Stage 3 or 4 mathematics, whether they are NQTs or experienced teachers or Heads of Department. Teaching Assistants working within maths departments will also find this session useful.

Materials and Equipment

You will need a pen/pencil and some paper (and maybe a calculator!)

Other Information

We will meet online via the "Big Blue Button" conferencing software.

You will receive a link half an hour before the meeting and this will take you to the meeting browser (please do not pass this link on to anyone else).

There is no need to download any software beforehand: BBB is designed to be used on a variety of platforms (including most smartphones) but you will get the best experience via a desktop or laptop computer, running either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as the browser.

You will need a webcam, microphone and headphones/speakers to take engage fully.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Event length:

105 minutes

Online sessions:



West Midlands


Tue 23rd Feb 2021

Course times:

15:45 - 17:30


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Iram Hussain
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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