Training for Special Schools

  • Trauma-Informed Approach
  • Adapted Communications
  • Individualised Strategies
  • Restraint Reduction

Confidence and Competence in working with children who respond differently.

Your team will have greater insight into how to manage disregulated behaviour when it happens. You will have deeper insights into the causes of crisis behaviour, and your team will practice the right responses which defuse these situations and make them safe.

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

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.

Our experienced trainer works with your team in your timeframe, developing skill and insights which help when your children become overwhelmed and disregulated.

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

Gerard O'Dea //  Director of Training

Everyone involved in the care of vulnerable children wants to see positive behaviour support, fewer restraints and well-trained staff engaging with their needs. We will help you to keep staff safe while improving the quality their interactions. In the short, medium and long-term.

Our special school clients experience favourable inspection reports, reduced incidences of critical incidents, more settled children and have staff who feel confident in keeping everyone safe.

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

We offer 5 different formats for you to choose from, we work hard to fit into your schedule, your budget and your work as 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 school's working environment.


Trauma-informed and responsive

Through our partnership with NATP 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.

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.


The challenge is to implement training where your team is responding consistently to difficult and changing and sometimes extreme behaviours. Achieving emotional equilibrium in the face of dangerous or intimidating behaviour is difficult. Reducing restraints in those situations is never easy. We have helped numerous clients come back from high levels of incidents, violence and restraints, to achieving significant reductions using our approach.


We also have courses which support your staff:

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

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!

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.