Classroom Conflict: “this is how we do business around here”
Treating each other with dignity by showing each other respect
Classroom Conflict demands that we approach it with a set of appropriate values. Any system of behaviour management, physical intervention training with children, or restraint training at a school, should come with a value system. Any decent trainer can illuminate the points of law and guidance, but as a member of SLT at a school, you want to know that your staff will be effective in NOT using physical interventions or positive handling strategies wherever possible. You want your staff to be effective communicators, and that starts from a value base which will express itself in ethical actions. You want to know that your team have a value system and a way of expressing values in their interactions with your children which make absolutely sure that any physical holding that happens is an absolute last resort.
Our values system at Dynamis for Classroom Conflict is called the Five Maxims and this video explains them for you:
Gerard O’Dea provides tailored Positive Handling and Classroom Conflict training courses for schools and education services providers around the UK, so that children and staff are treated with dignity and shown respect, even in their most difficult moments. Combining respectful verbalisation skills with last-resort physical alternatives has been his specialty for over ten years as director of training for Dynamis [ www.positivehandling.co.uk ]