Positive Handling for Teachers

This course is specifically designed for teachers and those working with young people who may display behaviour that challenges, aggression or violence

 This 1 day course reinforces the importance of de-escalation through effective communication and understanding the purpose of the pupil’s behaviour.

No-one wants to have to physically restrain a young person, but on rare occasions it may be the right thing to do. No school should have a no touch policy.

We teach simple but effective methods of disengagement and “least restrictive” physical intervention to be used as an absolute last resort.

So, what's in the course? 

A thorough review of all legal aspects regarding the use of physical intervention with pupils, including School Specific Legislation and guidance.

All our courses can be tailored to your specific requirements, at no additional cost.

Here are the learning objectives

  • Know what is meant by the term "Challenging Behaviour"
  • Understand how setting and conditions can impact on a person's behaviour
  • Understand the Crisis Cycle
  • How an understanding of Verbal and Non verbal communication can keep us safer
  • Diffusion and De-escalation techniques
  • The law and guidance around using force in schools
  • Simple but effective Breakaway/ Disengagement techniques
  • Understand the risks of restraint (incl positional asphyxia) 
  • Understand the difference between "escorting", "holding and "restraining"
  • How to apply and de-escalate simple and effective non/least-restrictive Positive Handling techniques

Here's what some of our clients have to say about us

Kate: Teacher at Millgate School

Stuart: Catch 22 Learning and Development Manager

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Lynne Dalby Project Co-Ordinator, Catch 22
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Chris Allbutt Head of Quality, Curriculum and People, Catch 22
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Kate Hulbert Teacher and Trainer, Millgate School
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Jim Ardley Head of Key Stage 4, Beauchamp College
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Gary Carlisle Deputy Head Teacher, Fullhurst Community College

Project Co-Ordinator, Catch 22

The BTEC Level 2 Award in Disengagement and Physical Intervention was both informative and fun to do. I found the legislation section really useful, which in turn has given me the confidence to make those all important decisions around using force. The trainers were confident and very experienced and the course paperwork was easy to follow and complete.

Head of Quality, Curriculum and People, Catch 22

As a geographically dispersed group of Alternative Provision schools, Oakwood provided the solution to a consistent approach to the safe and positive handling of students. Our staff now have the confidence to deliver training in house in order to keep staff and students safe across our schools

Teacher and Trainer, Millgate School

The course moved at a good pace and the information about the law was put into ‘bite size’ pieces. The trainers were knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend this course to others.

Head of Key Stage 4, Beauchamp College

Terry and his team delivered an excellent, engaging session which covered all aspects of conflict resolution that we would be required to deal with in a school setting, including physical handling. The administration and organisation of the course was efficient, with useful resources shared.

The expertise and knowledge of the instructors with real life experience was clearly evident when discussing possible scenarios, including the law, rights and active engagement with students. Practical sessions were purposeful and the real-life scenarios allowed you to practice handling in a safe but challenging way.

All staff present on our course rated it as excellent.

I would strongly recommend Oakwood Training to any school to complete their staff training, as the conflict resolution information is valuable and the physical handling techniques give you a safe option if all other strategies have failed.

Deputy Head Teacher, Fullhurst Community College

The course was excellent, very informative and fun. The mix of legal information and practical skills means that we are well equipped for incidents

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Jim Ardley Head of Key Stage 4, Beauchamp College

Head of Key Stage 4, Beauchamp College

Terry and his team delivered an excellent, engaging session which covered all aspects of conflict resolution that we would be required to deal with in a school setting, including physical handling. The administration and organisation of the course was efficient, with useful resources shared.

The expertise and knowledge of the instructors with real life experience was clearly evident when discussing possible scenarios, including the law, rights and active engagement with students. Practical sessions were purposeful and the real-life scenarios allowed you to practice handling in a safe but challenging way.

All staff present on our course rated it as excellent.

I would strongly recommend Oakwood Training to any school to complete their staff training, as the conflict resolution information is valuable and the physical handling techniques give you a safe option if all other strategies have failed.

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Kate Hulbert Teacher and Trainer, Millgate School

Teacher and Trainer, Millgate School

The course moved at a good pace and the information about the law was put into ‘bite size’ pieces. The trainers were knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend this course to others.

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Lynne Dalby Project Co-Ordinator, Catch 22

Project Co-Ordinator, Catch 22

The BTEC Level 2 Award in Disengagement and Physical Intervention was both informative and fun to do. I found the legislation section really useful, which in turn has given me the confidence to make those all important decisions around using force. The trainers were confident and very experienced and the course paperwork was easy to follow and complete.

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Gary Carlisle Deputy Head Teacher, Fullhurst Community College

Deputy Head Teacher, Fullhurst Community College

The course was excellent, very informative and fun. The mix of legal information and practical skills means that we are well equipped for incidents

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Chris Allbutt Head of Quality, Curriculum and People, Catch 22

Head of Quality, Curriculum and People, Catch 22

As a geographically dispersed group of Alternative Provision schools, Oakwood provided the solution to a consistent approach to the safe and positive handling of students. Our staff now have the confidence to deliver training in house in order to keep staff and students safe across our schools