"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:

  • Further build on their confidence when dealing with behaviours that challenge, fear, trauma, aggression and violence;
  • Reflect on their understanding of emotional regulation and the management of pupils' emotions & behaviour;
  • Gain a clearer understanding of the impact of communication;
  • Gain a better understanding of what science is telling us about the biology underneath presenting behaviours ~ How the brain and body react when people are socially defensive and the implications for de-escalation;
  • Understand the aggression curve and the promotion of safety cues in the school environment ~ 'PROTECT'
  • 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,' including the recommendations of techniques NOT to be used;
  • Recognise the risks associated with physical restraint and how to minimise those risks;
  • Risk assess their own safety when dealing with a potentially aggressive or violent pupil;
  • Differentiate between holding, escorting and restraining;
  • Know, practise and evaluate legally compliant and medically assessed holds and techniques including how to relax a restraint and disengage safely;
  • Know and understand the requirements for recording any use of restrictive force and how the information can be used to inform Behaviour Plans/Risk Assessments;
  • Understand the need for repairing relationships following any use of restrictive force.


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