We train a group of your staff in the knowledge, judgement and skills required to de-escalate risky situations and to use last-resort physical interventions.

A highly popular training course to create safe classrooms and safeguard children.

This training will challenge your teams to use their best instincts to precent or De-Escalate conflict, to develop their skills in understanding behaviour and make better decisions in regards to when (or when NOT) to physically intervene in higher-risk scenarios..

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

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.

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.

Met or Exceeded Expectations

Course Quality

Trainer Good or Excellent

Trainer Quality

Relevant and Appropriate

Content of Course

Can we lift and carry a child from one area to another?

Should I ever attempt to restrain a child by myself?

What is good practice if I see two children fighting?

Should I remove a child who is climbing on top of bookcases?

What can we do about children who are 'runners'?

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
    Through collaborations with sector specialists, we design and deliver research-informed training which transfers effectively to your classrooms and corridors.
  1. 3
    Legally and Medically Audited We have continually updated our advice and content with input from medical, legal and education specialists.
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    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.

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.

Gerard O'Dea

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.

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.

Join hundreds of Happy school clients

put the training into practice immediately

“Training is often VERY detailed and complex; what made the Dynamis training different – and better! – was that it was simple and clear. There wasn’t too much to remember and it was all taught and set within a framework of common sense and the practical day-to-day activities and situations that arise in a school. The pre-course information around the legislation underpinning positive handling also gave me the confidence to know I am legally and professionally in a position to use positive handling without an excessive risk of negative repercussions. I was able to put the training into practice immediately and, several weeks later, can still use the training without looking back at the materials. THANK YOU. “

head Teacher // Smallthorne Primary School

would benefit all of our local schools...

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

deputy Headteacher  //  Bedford

well explained...

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

SENCO  //  Barnet, North London

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.


How to balance their own safety with the safety of the other children and that of the distressed child. (Duty of Care).

✔ How to comply with the Department of Education Guidance on “The use of Reasonable Force with pupils” for Positive Handling

✔ What Powers are granted to them by the Education & Inspection Act Section 93 for the use of restraint and Positive Handling

✔ How to effectively use Communications and De-Escalation Principles for Common Positive Handling Scenarios in Schools.

✔ How to physically protect and positively safeguard themselves, their colleagues and their pupils during high-risk incidents.

✔ To recognise the importance of Positive Behaviour Support plans and Positive Handling Plans for pupils

✔ How to identify, reduce and avoid the risks inherent in Restraint/Positive Handling interventions.

✔ Specific Physical Skills and tactical principles for how to achieve Positive Handling Control, Escort and Restraint in the pursuit of 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!

Secondary School feedback

Fulfilled Expectations...

“Flexible focus on what we required. Excellent Trainer. Fulfilled Expectations at about the right duration.”

assistant principal // Moat community college

really impressed with the style and techniques...

“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

a dynamic approach...

“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


WHAT: a tailored Positive Handling Training 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 vocational qualifications in Positive Handling and subject to our Institute of Conflict Management Quality Award systems.

WHEN: on a day of your choice for an INSET or Twilight session

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

HOW LONG:  Usually 0930 to 1530 over a full day of training in school.  or Twilight session can take just 3 hours with pre-course online training.

WHO: Teachers, Learning & Support Assistants, Deputy Heads, Head Teachers, Governors can all benefit from Positive Handling Training.

Our typical groups are teams of 12 to 16 staff. We can by arrangement train larger whole-school groups or smaller teams.

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

Other course options include | Conflict and De-Escalation Course | Twilight or Half-Day Courses |


✓ 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

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.

Blending all of the 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 options 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.

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.

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.

Call our team on 0844 812 9795