Team-Teach Training Course – TeacherHub


Monday 30th October – 9am – Bristol

Team teach is a bespoke de-escalation and positive handling training for children, young people and adult’s services, ranging from pre-school to elderly care.

1 Day course: Aimed at low risk service settings: Mainstream Secondary, Primary Schools, Nurseries, Typically staff supporting individuals without any documented challenging behaviours that pose a physical risk to self or others.

This course covers: personal safety, team building, non-verbal and verbal de-escalation communication strategies, some positive handling techniques- if required, together with documentation and legal guidance, listening and learning, recording, reporting and reviewing.

Aims and Course Objectives

  • To promote the least intrusive positive handling strategy and a continuum of gradual and graded techniques, with an emphasis and preference for the use of verbal, non-verbal de-escalation strategies being used and exhausted before positive handling strategies are utilised.
  • To enable services to develop acceptable and authorised responses to disruptive, disturbing, angry and aggressive behaviours in a manner that maintains positive relationships and provides safety for all, by training in Team-Teach.
  • To reduce the amount of serious incidents involving physical controls in all settings and to emphasise the importance of exhausting behaviour management strategies in the first instance.
  • To increase the awareness of staff concerning the importance of recording and reporting, monitoring and evaluating, all incidents involving positive handling.
  • To provide a process of repair and reflection for both staff and children.

Course Objectives

Following successful completion of a Team-Teach Practitioners Course, the participant will:

Be able to state the basic values, rationale and principles of the Team-Teach Approach.

Have knowledge and understanding of relevant legal standards and expectations related to use of force.

Have knowledge and understanding of the reporting, recording, monitoring and evaluating requirements of incidents involving physical controls and reasonable force. Have knowledge and understanding of aggression and conflict and be able to recognise typical signs and causes.

Have knowledge and understanding of the importance of using de-escalation strategies where possible. Is aware of the concept of the conflict spiral, levels of behaviour and the need for an appropriate staff response in order to maximise the opportunity to calm the incident through non- verbal and verbal strategies where possible.

Have knowledge and understanding of a whole setting holistic approach to behaviour management, including the importance of self-awareness and self-control whilst managing challenging behaviour.

Be able to conduct a follow up process with the service users and is aware of the importance of a support and supervision, repair and reflection process for both staff and individuals involved following a serious incident involving positive handling strategies.


Team – Teach is the only training company, providing physical intervention techniques as part of its course delivery, to have received the highest level of award in the U.K – a National Training Award – This government supported award is presented to entries who have demonstrated exceptional achievement through training and development. Judges were impressed by the support infrastructure and the robust quality control and assurance processes. They observed that it was a clearly needed service and its innovative approaches have delivered significant benefits to schools/services and local authorities/employers. See National Training Award document: “Helping Teachers Manage Challenging Behaviour” within the Case Study/Research area of the web site.

Positive Handling Strategies are constantly being evaluated, with safety being paramount. The number of serious incidents / restraints should decrease following training.

Training will help employers and employees meet their obligations under Health and Safety legislation thus reducing potential liability claims.

Learning outcomes and behaviour should improve through the provision of safe learning and caring.

The training has a fun element. It will reduce stress, enhancing team-work, co-operation and staff morale.

Courses are quality controlled and assured with all training summary evaluation reports being produced as evidence of best value, these summary reports are sent to the Director of Team Teach for acknowledgement and comment.

The Positive Handling Strategies have sufficient range and flexibility to be appropriate across the age and development range, for both the intentional and non-intentionally “challenging” individual. Training enables staff to feel more confident and competent in their management of disruptive and “challenging” behaviour, reducing stress by increasing safety and security for all involved.

Dr Sarah Evans of the University of Wales conducted a project (November 2014) evidencing the benefits of Team Teach training: ” When assessing students there was a clear improvement in behaviour management techniques…All participants were awarded certification which enhances their CV and can enable them to work in more challenging /vulnerable settings with an increased awareness of the legal framework and apply appropriate de-escalation…when observed, students have increased skills in behaviour management in professional settings, most notably in the mental health field.”

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