"This course will enable more staff to understand and de-escalate challenging behaviour to avoid the need to use positive handling. It will keep more people safe, adults and children alike."

Bryony Middleton, Copley Junior School


'Open' Foundation Level in Reducing Challenging Behaviour &

L2 Positive Handling Course

(1 Day Course)


Monday 9th March 2020  9am -3:45pm

Venue: Junction 32 of M62

Navigation House,


West Yorkshire,

WF10 5HX


Further Open Courses on:

Friday 15th May 2020

Friday 3rd July 2020

£75 per delegate or £125 for 2 participants from the same school


This one course is suitable for anyone working with, or coming into contact with, children who may present challenging behaviour and who may be required to use positive handling as part of their role.


E.g. Headteachers, Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor, Behaviour Mentor, Lunchtime Supervisor


This comprehensive training focuses on developing a clear understanding of the functions of behaviour, Positive Behaviour Support and understanding the biology behind the behaviour so that the need to use restrictive force is greatly reduced. Participants will learn how they can reduce risks by diffusing aggression and, if necessary, how to control potentially violent situations through the use of medically risk assessed holds whilst maintaining the dignity and safety of themselves and the children involved.


By the end of the course, participants 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 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 school environment; 
  • Have a basic understanding of current legislation relating to issues that can arise when dealing with aggression and violence in school environments;
  • Understand the DfE Guidance on 'The Use of Reasonable Force,' including the recommendations of techniques NOT to be used;
  • 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;
  • Recognise the need to 'Repair & Rebuild' relationships after any use of restrictive force. 


This is a one- day course and on completion, delegates receive a Level 2 Certificate in Positive Handling.


In order to book a place on this course, please complete the form below or call 01924 891080. Joining details will be given following your booking.


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