“Gerard made the learning accessible and was able to cater for scenarios that may occur in the environment. Gerard answered questions by quoting cases that had been in the public eye to bring home the danger of some situations “
Alternative Provision Trainer // Koru Education Alternative Provision
“Very informative and very professional and the language used was very careful to avoid problems when restraining someone appropriately. The way it was delivered was interesting and a lot of demonstrations etc. and opportunity to ask questions.”
Pastoral Manager // the east manchester academy
"Great mix of practical and theoretical learning. Focus on spotting first signs of possible violent behavious and preventing the situation from becoming violent. Learning how to assess the situation, stay calm and not get involved emotionally was really important for me and strengthened by gaining a legislative and practical knowledge. All theoretical learning was clear and directed on learning how to asses the situation and how to balance the response. It was a tremendously helpful course.
It meant a lot that the trainers commented on how it will be more difficult in practice – for example how it will be difficult to escort out a person who has an adrenaline rush and is moving. It was a fantastic course. It would be great to have some links to further research or outside of school training suggested. Those are just the cherries, the course was excellent!"
deputy Head teacher // cavendish School Alternative Provision
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.
Your specialist team are probably dealing with increasingly Challenging Behaviour of different kinds and with varying, complex causes.
You may be doing this with fewer staff than before and more children who have needs across a broader spectrum of behaviour, specifically with more risk of violence. You may be seeing a changing demographic in your school with pupils who have an even greater need for confident staff who can engage with them successfully.
It may even be the case that your staff team are asking for more robust physical protective alternatives for those situations when words alone fail to create safety.
We can help.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Why choose Dynamis?
Greater confidence in your staff team’s ability to deescalate and prevent situations from becoming violent, while also having more effective tactics for creating safety when children and young people’s behaviour does escalate into higher-risk 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.
How we help your team:
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
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.
Content of Course
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!
“Flexible focus on what we required. Excellent Trainer. Fulfilled Expectations at about the right duration.”
assistant principal // Moat community college
“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
“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.