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.

  • Use Ethical Last-Resort Physical Interventions
  • Based on Evidence and Informed by Research
  • Manage Conflict Early and Professionally
  • Enhance Personal Safety and Wellbeing

positive Handling for Your school , Your children and your ethos.

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

This training will challenge your teams to use their best instincts to prevent 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..

Our trauma-informed courses cover 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
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    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 effectively use Communications and De-Escalation Principles for Common Positive Handling Scenarios in Schools.

    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 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 tactics for how to achieve Positive Handling Control, Escort and Restraint when necessary

    Trauma Aware and 'Last Resort Only' Control of Children and Young People

    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
      Evidence-Based We design and deliver research-informed training which transfers effectively to your classrooms and corridors, with Dignity and Respect at its core.
    3. 3
      Legally and Medically Audited We have continually updated our advice and content with input from medical, legal and education specialists. A 'Safety Without Compromise' 5-star provider.
    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.
    • One full day 6hrs

    • short format 3hrs

    • 60' Briefing

    • 'Your way'

    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.


    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.

    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, 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 sector specialists, 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.

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    What our customers are saying:

    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.”


    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

    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!

    Positive handling 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

    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.

    A Five-star programme of training

    Our programme is endorsed by the SWC Expert Panel with 5-stars - 'Safety Without Compromise'.

    Call our team on 0844 812 9795