Training for Alternative Provision and PRU schools for our children who need care.

  • de-escalation of crisis events
  • disruptive, disengaged, distressed pupils
  • physically dangerous behaviours
  • practice based on real scenarios
  • reduce risk to staff, children and organisation  
  • promote an ethos of dignity and respect

Popular and Proven for Positive Handling in Alternative Settings

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 and have a 'Safety Without Compromise' 5-star endorsement.

We achieve this using a trauma-informed 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.

Create safe classrooms and safeguard children.

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.

  • De-Escalation
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Duty of Care
  • Balancing Risk 
  • Dept Education Guidance
  • Best Practice
  • Common Scenarios
  • Physical Skills
  • How we help your team:

    • Enabling with a decision-making framework 
    • Balancing duty of care
    • Clarity on best practice 
    • Robust legally-audited advice
    • Cutting-edge learning methodology 
    • Modern best practice
    • Relevant and Appropriate tactics

    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'.


    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.

    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.
    3. 3
      Legally and Medically Audited We have continually updated our advice and content with input from medical, legal and education specialists.
    4. 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.

    Happy Alternative provision school clients

    What our customers are saying:

    a tremendously helpful course...

    "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!"


    made the learning accessible...

    “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

    informative and very professional...

    “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.”


    Feedback from Learners About Our Training

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    Director Of Training At Dynamis

    Hi and thanks for visiting our website today.

    In over 15 years of working with frontline staff who face difficult, distressed and dangerous behaviour, i have seen time and again how prepared staff can perform well and respond to challenging circumstances.

    From teachers to nurses, teaching and care assistants to security officers in our hospitals and social workers in the community, if you deal with people every day, managing conflict becomes a necessity.

    I became involved in this work because i saw the power of training and preparation in helping people to stay safe at work and to be more successful in working with their colleagues to create better outcomes.

    I and my team of professional trainers now teach in over 200 training engagements every year around the uk and internationally for a wide variety of public-facing organizations just like yours.

    We have sought out the best conflict management training content and the best learning methods in the world and bring them together for you and your team.

    The two key elements of 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.


    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!

    Our Partners and Accreditation


    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.

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    Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict.

    'safety without compromise' endorsed training programme

    The expert panel at SWC have endorsed our programme with their highest level of confidence.