Positive Handling in Schools Training

At some point, school staff may be involved in assisting, holding or positively handling a child.  

React UK Training will give clarity, confidence and competence to staff working in an educational setting.


Have your staff had training on how to avoid the need to use reasonable force?

Do you and your staff fully understand their rights and responsibilities when holding a child/young person?

How can the need for using reasonable force be minimised?
When is it appropriate and acceptable to use force?  

Are legally compliant holds being used in your school?

What are the essential policies and procedures needed in your school?

What procedures should be followed if there is an allegation made against you?


React UK can help you answer all these questions.


By attending the React UK Certificate in Positive Handling in Education training, your employees will be able to:

  • Further build on their confidence when dealing with behaviours that challenge, fear, trauma, aggression and violence;
  • Reflect on their understanding emotional regulation and management of children's 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 children are socially defensive, the implications for de-escalation and reducing the need for restraint;
  • Understand the aggression curve and the promotion of safety cues in the environment ~ 'PROTECT'
  • Have a basic understanding of current legislation relating to issues that can arise when dealing with aggression and violence in school settings;
  • Understand the DfE Guidance on 'The Use of Reasonable Force,' 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 child or young person;
  • Differentiate between holding, escorting and restraining;
  • Learn and practise memorable, low level least intrusive positive handling techniques;
  • Demonstrate and explain how to gradually de-escalate and relax the restraint, to allow the person being restrained to regain self-control;
  • 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;
  • Recognise the need to ‘Repair and Rebuild’ relationships following the use of any restrictive force.


Why should you use React UK for your Positive Handling Course?

  • You get a free initial consultation – you tell us what you need and we recommend the training to help you achieve it.

  • You have peace of mind – we’re a family based business who put customer care at the top of our priorities.

  • We train from real experience in schools (over 25 years teaching experience including Headship level). We truly know what it is like.

  • You get a flexible response – we take your requests for last minute changes, top-up training, changes of venue and unusual requirements in our stride.

  • You can afford us – we may be expert but we’re also realistic. We appreciate schools have a tight budget, so we provide you with training that’s not only highly effective but also very good value for money.

What do you get with our Positive Handling Courses?

  • Exactly what you need – choose from our extensive menu of training courses or speak to us and we can design a bespoke course fully suited for you and your staff’s needs;

  • Legal compliance – all our courses are designed to meet current legal requirements and the techniques are fully medically risk assessed for their safety;

  • Reassurance that you have provided the essential training for your staff;

  • Nationwide, on-site training – we come to you so that your staff feel comfortable and safe in their own environment;

  • Ongoing support~ our training lasts for the duration of your certification (two years) and delegates can contact us in confidence during this time for any further advice . This can be extremely useful if a new student joins their class with behaviours that challenge in the following academic year.

  • A course manual, as well as copies of all the key documents referred to during the face to face training.

  • National accreditation from Edexcel offering you BTEC awards. (Optional)


Contact us today, with no obligation, to discuss your school's staff training needs:

   Tel: 01924 891080 or 07581562669              Email: reactuktraining@gmail.com

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