POSITIVE HANDLING TRAINING FOR YOUR SCHOOL

WE HELP SCHOOLS LIKE YOURS, WHO ARE DEALING WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS, TO EFFECTIVELY AND APPROPRIATELY MANAGE DISRUPTIVE, RISKY OR EXTREME SITUATIONS USING APPROPRIATE POSITIVE HANDLING STRATEGIES.

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“Training is often VERY detailed and complex; what made the Dynamis training different – and better! – was that it was simple and clear. There wasn’t too much to remember and it was all taught and set within a framework of common sense and the practical day-to-day activities and situations that arise in a school. The pre-course information around the legislation underpinning positive handling also gave me the confidence to know I am legally and professionally in a position to use positive handling without an excessive risk of negative repercussions. I was able to put the training into practice immediately and, several weeks later, can still use the training without looking back at the materials. THANK YOU. “

head Teacher // Smallthorne Primary School

simple, straightforward...

“Everything was simple, straightforward and made a lot of sense. Glad I don’t have to remember about 20 holds like you do on other courses”

Executive Headteacher  //  Tickford Park

not as complicated as others...

“Practical and the techniques were not as complicated as other similar courses that I have attended.”

Deputy head Teacher  //  North London

A highly popular training course to create safe classrooms and safeguard children.

We train your team using a blended approach - 90 minutes of self-paced learning for them in their own time, THEN we visit with you in-person for an intensive 3-hour training experience which is scenario-driven by the specific issues you face as a school.

  • De-Escalation
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Duty of Care
  • Balancing Risk 
  • Dept Education Guidance
  • Best Practice
  • Common Scenarios

Our  training covers a variety of the most common scenarios which staff in school face when they must deal with behaviour or risk, and gives straight answers to frequently asked questions.

Can we lift and carry a child from one area to another?

Should I ever attempt to restrain a child by myself?

What is good practice if I see two children fighting?

Should I remove a child who is climbing on top of bookcases?

What can we do about children who are 'runners'?

Popular and Proven for Positive Handling

Our Positive Handling training reduces injury risk, improves inspection compliance and safeguards staff, children and your school’s reputation.


We are an Institute of Conflict Management (ICM) Quality Award Centre (#2201) for the delivery of conflict and interventions training.

We achieve this using a robust Positive Handling decision-making framework based on all the relevant legislation and National Guidance for Positive Handling, coupled with a modern, pragmatic approach to the holding and containment of children whose behaviour might harm themselves or others.

We deliver a relevant Positive Handling training course for your team at your school or service, on dates of your convenience.

Choose from a standard one-day course on an INSET day or a blended/twilight short course which leverages our online training system. We also offer training for Special Schools or those who look after children with SEND by blending communication and de-escalation tactics with the appropriate last-resort physical alternatives.


We also have courses which support your staff:

Features of our positive handling approach:

  1. 1
    Values-Driven Our aim is that every person in your school is treated with dignity and shown respect, even when things get difficult.
  2. 2
    Evidence-Based
    Through collaborations with sector specialists, we design and deliver research-informed training which transfers effectively to your classrooms and corridors.
  1. 3
    Legally and Medically Audited We have continually updated our advice and content with input from medical, legal and education specialists.
  2. 4
    Quality Assured  Our training is accredited by the Institute of Conflict Management (ICM) and we hold Quality Award Centre status (#2201) with regular audits and trainer CPD.

Gerard O'Dea //  Director of Training

Welcome to our Positive Handling and Positive Behaviour training offering, which has since 2006 represented the cutting-edge of verbal and physical interventions training for thousands of schools across the country.

Our values include treating every person with dignity by showing them respect and making it safer for everyone, verbally wherever we can and physically only if we must.

I hope you will explore the different options we have created for you to access our cutting-edge courses, offering you the very best quality training and advice for your team who look after the most vulnerable children in our communities.

Gerard O'Dea

How is Dynamis Positive Handling training different?

As a pioneer in using online training for positive handling we understand how to get the best out of this format, for your busy school and your in-demand staff!


Uniquely flexible to your needs

With no less than 5 different formats for each course we deliver, we work hard to fit into your schedule, your budget and your work - your partner in behaviour management and positive handling.


 dedicated to authentic learning

Through our collaboration with Loughborough University faculty, we design and deliver training which has the highest degree of transfer to your working environment.


trauma-informed and responsive

Through our partnership with NAOTP we are committed to being trauma-aware as a team and our problem-solving approach recognises 'all behaviour has meaning'.


Scenario-Driven

Your staff need skills and knowledge which will help you with YOUR specific children and behaviours, so our approach is focused on solving YOUR positive handling issues. See SCENA for more information.

The two key elements of positive handling

POSITIVE HANDLING

KNOWLEDGE and THEORY elements.


Your staff are guided through 12 key decision-making factors which are fundamental to good practice in the area of Positive Handling. This Online Learning component may be particularly helpful for schools who have unnecessarily booked Whole-School training in the past.

… WITH A SCENARIO-LED TRAINING EXPERIENCE…


Our trainer will then lead your staff through the verbal models for conflict communications and the physical Positive Handling tactics they may need at the higher levels of risk in practical sessions where repetition and embedding the skills is our aim.

The Learning Outcomes for our Positive Handling Courses


Your staff will explore and develop an understanding of:

✔ Health and Safety provisions for managing safety in the school workplace (Duty of Care).

✔ Department of Education Guidance on “The use of Reasonable Force with pupils” for Positive Handling

✔ Definitions of Powers from Education & Inspection Act Section 93 for the use of restraint and Positive Handling

✔ Communications De-Escalation Principles for Common Positive Handling Scenarios in Schools.

✔ Practical risk-reduction to protect and safeguard school staff and their pupils during Positive Handling

✔ Importance of Positive Behaviour Support plans and Positive Handling Plans for pupils

✔ The risks inherent in Restraint/Positive Handling interventions and how to reduce or avoid them.

✔ Positive Handling Control, Escort and Restraint Techniques for Non-Harmful Control of Children and Young People

Client Satisfaction

We monitor thousands of learner surveys each year to help with our quality assurance processes through the ICM.  Here are some of the recent statistics about our courses.

99%
Met or Exceeded Expectations

Course Quality

98%
Trainer Good or Excellent

Trainer Quality

99%
Relevant and Appropriate

Content of Course

World-class client feedback​​​

Our client and learner satisfaction surveys have consistently been extrmely positive, even as we have grown to be an ever-more popular provider of Positive Handling and De-Escalation training.  Watch the video to learn about our most recent results!

Secondary School feedback

Fulfilled Expectations...

“Flexible focus on what we required. Excellent Trainer. Fulfilled Expectations at about the right duration.”

assistant principal // Moat community college

really impressed with the style and techniques...

“Course was tailored to our school needs really well, Gerard had done his homework on our school and I was really impressed with the style and techniques that were shown. Good pace and Gerard is very good at keeping to task.”

head of year  //  The Centre School

a dynamic approach...

“It would benefit all student facing staff. Very helpful and useful information, and very dynamic approach.”

Head of Studies  //  Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1 College

Dynamis is a Quality Award Centre with the ICM, a recognised accrediting body in the U.K. for workplace training in the prevention and management of workplace violence, assuring you of our quality and commitment to standards.

Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict. Vistelar's methodology stretches back over 25 years in successfully resolving conflict.

Dynamis employs SCENA - a cutting-edge approach to training design and delivery which is scenario-driven and task-focussed, making your scenarios into the curriculum, ensuring that your training meets the needs of your staff and the children you look after.

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