"Excellent training that left me feeling confident that I would be able to safely deal with any incidents that might occur. I have had training before from Wakefield MDC Team Teach but I feel far better informed following the School Positive Handling Training."

Richard Senior, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Dewsbury

Positive Handling in Education (1 Day Course)


Do you and your staff fully understand your legal rights and responsibilities when faced with an aggressive or violent pupil?


Have your staff received training to enable them to reduce risks to themselves, the pupil and the school?

Whilst school staff do not enter the profession to be abused, at some point they may be involved in dealing with a physically aggressive or violent pupil or parent. The leadership of the school has a duty under Section 2 of the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) so far as is reasonably practicable to ensure the health,  safety and welfare of all their employees. Section 3 also states that there is a duty to ensure people not in their employment (e.g. pupils) are not exposed to risks to their health and safety either. By choosing School Positive Handling training, you will be empowering your staff team as well as meeting the requirements of the Law.

 When is it appropriate and acceptable to use force?

How can the need for using reasonable force be minimised?

How can I hold a pupil who is spitting at me?

How do I hold a pupil if out in public?

What if a parent says we can't touch their child?
How can reasonable force be used safely for all involved? 

What are the risks to the person being restrained and to myself?

Will I be subject to an investigation if I have to restrain a pupil?

What if a child makes an allegation that I have hurt them?
What are the essential policies and procedures needed in your school? 

School Positive Handling will help you answer all these questions and many more.

By attending School Positive Handling training, your employees will:

  • Understand potential trigger points, know some additional de-escalation strategies and evaluate their influence in any potential conflict situation;
  • Gain a basic understanding of the neuroscience associated with anger and aggression and how to support someone in this emotional state;
  • Gain a basic understanding of current legislation relating to issues that can arise when dealing with aggression or violence;
  • Examine the requirements of Health & Safety statute and associated regulations and understand how they apply to physical restraint in school;
  • Understand the recommendations in the DfE Guidance, 'Use of Reasonable Force in schools';
  • Evaluate the risks associated with physical restraint, including positional asphyxiation and how to minimise those risks;
  • Learn how to apply non-harmful methods of control e.g. prompting, escorting/guiding, holding;
  • Learn and practise memorable, low level least intrusive positive handling techniques; 
  • Demonstrate and explain how to gradually de-escalate and relax restraint to allow the subject being restrained to regain self-control;
  • Risk assess their own safety when dealing with a potentially aggressive or violent child or young person;
  • Know how to record any use of restrictive force and how to use this to information to inform behaviour risk assessments.


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