Positive Handling Training for School Staff

Positive Handling Training for Your School

This is our most popular Positive Handling course for schools.  We train a group of your staff in the knowledge, skills and judgement required to use physical interventions.

WHAT:  a tailored course for your school team which is based on the Department of Education Guidance on the Use of Reasonable Force.  It is based on an educationally accredited OFQUAL-recognised BTEC vocational qualification in Positive Handling.

WHEN:   on a day of your choice for an INSET or Twilight session (see FORMATS above).

WHERE:  at your school, in a classroom or gym hall large enough to carry out the training safely

HOW LONG:     See the FORMATS tab alongside for options which suit you.

WHO:  Teachers, Learning & Support Assistants, Deputy Heads, Head Teachers, Governors can all benefit from this course.  Our typical groups are teams of up to – or multiples of – 12 staff.   We can by arrangement train whole-school groups.

WHY:  Matched to your Positive Handling needs  Led by Professional Positive HandlingTrainers  Legally Audited to match DofE Positive Handling Guidance  Fully Risk-Assessed Positive Handling Training Plans  Values Dignity and Respect for appropriate Positive Handling ✓ Safeguards Children’s rights during Positive Handling interventions  Offers School Staff Practical Options for Positive Handling  Compliant with Positive Handling Government Regulations  Value for Your Positive Handling Investment

If your staff team are considering the restraint of a child at your school using physical interventions according to a positive handling plan, then our training will assist you in carrying out interventions in a lawful, professional and sensitive way which reduces overall risk.

Other course options include:

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 offer numerous options for training your staff:

One Full Day:   9.30am to 3.30pm on a day when you can release your team…

This option gives your staff the most practice time and question/answer time with the trainers.  Assimilation of the material and retention of the physical skills is optimal with this duration.  Schools will usually choose this option if they have a well-identified need for training in physical interventions with particular high-risk children. For dedicated SEN, Learning Disability or EBD settings we also have a 2-day option which is recommended for higher-risk care environments.

Half Day or Twilight Session:  AM, PM or After-School on ANY date convenient for your team…no need for an INSET day!

Sometimes a school with limited time, or with infrequent incidents at a low level of risk will need our concise half-day course.  We can use our online courseware, with individual logins, progress tracking and test scores based on video presentations and knowledge-checks to prepare your staff on the required knowledge and theory for positive handling, and then visit onsite with you on a convenient day to spend time developing the necessary physical skills to manage situations.   Half-Day and Twilight sessions can start at 0930 or 1230 or 1530 for example.  Flexible to your schedule!   Find out more…

60 min or 90 min Briefing:  when time is of the essence and you need basic information quickly…

This is a legal briefing on the rules and principles of physical interventions in school settings only, with no physical skills development for the staff.  It can be useful to establish a baseline of knowledge school-wide or to give the management team essential knowledge.  We sometimes begin one of the above options (a full or a half-day) with a Whole-School legal briefing to baseline your team’s understanding.

Popular:   A 90-minute information briefing in the AM for your whole-school, followed by specialist training in both decision-making AND physical skills over the rest of the training day for a “behaviour management team” hand-picked by your SLT.

Blending all of the above options:   for the best fit of critical information for the right teams…

Depending on where the risks have been identified, schools will blend all of the above to get the right level of training across all of their staff team.  Just get in touch to start a discussion about how we can best meet your needs and your budget.

Course Feedback from Attendees on Dynamis Training Courses for January-December 2017


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Very thorough, well explained.  The practical was excellent and the theory work before was really good too!  Many thanks!

SEN Teaching Assistant

Barnet, North London

“Gerard was very professional at all times.  Recommended to our Head Teachers’ local delivery group – this training would benefit all of our local schools.  Excellent.  Thank you.”

Deputy Head Teacher


“Extremely useful insights into the laws behind the advice.  Good examples and easily followed advice.  Our children and staff will be safer.”

Learning Support Assistant