We currently offer two developmental programmes:

Building Mathematical Resilience

In partnership with Warwick University and ASDAN, The Progression Trust works with groups of individuals to develop their resilience and skills when faced with subjects they find very stressful and may have ‘failed’ in. Maths is a subject that people often find particularly daunting. We help individuals manage their anxiety with an approach that combines coaching, curiosity and collaboration. Once the anxiety is mastered, individuals move on to learn the skills necessary to support others who are anxious and struggling in maths.

“When we did algebra – (we did a problem where) the farmer’s animals had 64 legs – how many chickens (did he have). I liked it… You didn’t realise it was algebra. I was working together with (other learners)… I explained it with pictures… I started in red (anxious) then moved to yellow (engaged) and then to green (relaxed) once I’d worked it out. I felt curious, interested, pleased I’d achieved… What was satisfying was the achievement – working together and solving the problem as a team, not left on your own.”Trainer and Assessor in Work Based Learning and programme participant

Thriving at Transition

This programme is specifically designed to ensure disadvantaged learners make a healthy transition from primary to secondary school. All learners need to find out how to navigate their way through education to achieve their life aspirations. They need to learn about the importance of qualities such as effort and determination, the choices they have, and the role that school subjects play in getting them to where they want to be. We help learners build the skills, attitudes and knowledge necessary for positive progress. We’ve developed this programme in partnership with ASDAN, with funding from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The 36+ challenges that constitute this programme have been successfully trialled in collaboration with schools in Rugby, Warwickshire.

“I could picture it – the children from my old class – it would have helped
them move on to secondary school.” Year 6 Class Teacher and project participant
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