Positive Handling Training for Schools

Positive Behavior Strategies and Protective Physical Interventions

Knowing when - and when NOT - to use physical restraint is imperative, and your team need to know how to, and be able to, safely hold or control even a vulnerable person effectively at the point of crisis.

Our happy positive handling clients

“Training is often VERY detailed and complex; what made the Dynamis training different – and better! – was that it was simple and clear. There wasn’t too much to remember and it was all taught and set within a framework of common sense and the practical day-to-day activities and situations that arise in a school.

The pre-course information around the legislation underpinning positive handling also gave me the confidence to know I am legally and professionally in a position to use positive handling without an excessive risk of negative repercussions.

I was able to put the training into practice immediately and, several weeks later, can still use the training without looking back at the materials. THANK YOU. “

Head Teacher, Smallthorne Primary School

Stoke on Trent

One Full Day of Positive Handling Training

For teams who can find the time, this option gives your staff the most practice time and question/answer time with the trainers about the decision-making framework for physical interventions, focussed on holding skills.  Assimilation of the legal ‘rules’ and long-term retention of the physical skills is best with this duration of contact time.  Be aware though that INSET days are booked LONG in advance!  It is prudent to consider the Twilight options below also.

>>> http://www.positivehandling.co.uk/training/

A Short-format Intensive Positive Handling course using Blended In-Person and Online Learning

We are finding that many schools want the training as soon as possible, without needing to book a full INSET day.   This convenient Half-day or Twilight option blends online learning with an in-person training session and can be booked on any convenient date.   Your team are engaged by a mandatory pre-course study of the ‘knowledge and theory components’ using our online learning system.  Our trainer then visits with you to complete the training with Q&A and physical skills development, taking about 3 hours in the AM, PM or Twilight, at a time which is convenient and expedient for you.

>>> http://www.positivehandling.co.uk/training/positive-handling-twilight-blended-online/

More Specialist Needs: a Special School or Care Context Positive Handling Course

A 2-day course which blends our unique Breakaway and Self-protection training with the 1-day Positive Handling course in order to give teams working in very challenging environments (Respite Care is a good example) the correct level of skill development to deal with the widest variety of challenging behaviour from distressed children.

>>> http://www.positivehandling.co.uk/training/care-and-control/

60- or 90-minute Positive Handling or Behavior Management or De-Escalation Skills Briefing

This is a briefing on the rules and principles only, with no physical skills development for the staff.  It can be useful to establish a baseline school-wide.  We sometimes run these as a whole-school briefing first-thing in the morning prior to taking a specialised team for in-depth training throughout the rest of the day.

Baseline Everyone at Your School

A video-based training course which gives you the confidence that all staff know what they need to know about the powers and duties they have in regard to behaviour, safety and restraint or use-of-force.

Success in Engaging with Parents

A workshop course which teaches your team how to communicate effectively with parents who are the subject of difficult conversations about behaviour, attendance, safeguarding or other issues.   We teach your staff non-escalation and de-escalation strategies which offer a structure within which parents can be treated with respect while being challenged or informed of decisions to which they may react defensively. 

>>> http://www.positivehandling.co.uk/success-with-parents/

Managing Behavior for Foster Carers / Adopters / Parents

A workshop course for Foster Carers which teaches – based around the National Guidance for Fostering – a range of strategies which carers can use in cases of extreme difficulty where a fostered child becomes a danger to themselves or others.

>>> http://www.positivehandling.co.uk/foster-carer-training/

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School Positive Handling Training

School Positive Handling Training


Grab a coffee and speak to our training advisor.

With over 15 years of experience working with clients, we are confident that we can gain an understanding of your issues, resources, timeframes and budget quickly and soon propose a training plan which fits your needs.

How to Painless Positive Handling Training 

We will teach you to deliver
evidence-based training

High Staff Engagement

Because of the immediate relevance your staff see in your course design and delivery, they are engaged, motivated and Energized during and after the training.

Better Transfer to the Workplace

Because sessions are all driven by your own scenarios, issues and challenges with the people you meet in your work, it has immediate relevance and transfers directly to your day-to-day workplace.

Time Well


Your teams get many, many opportunities to learn and practice their new skills during 'countless reps' of the target skills, actively learning in every session. There doesn't need to be endless powerpoints!

Measurable Change Happens

With highly targeted new skills, your teams can make measurable changes to their interactions and truly realise your organisation's safety ethos, focussing on dignity and respect, safety and wellbeing.

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Our Partners and Accreditation


Dynamis is a Quality Award Centre with the ICM, a recognised accrediting body in the U.K. for workplace training in the prevention and management of workplace violence.

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Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict.


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What our customers are saying:

Tailored to our school needs really well...

“Course was tailored to our school needs really well, Gerard had done his homework on our school and I was really impressed with the style and techniques that were shown. Good pace and Gerard is very good at keeping to task.”

HEAD OF YEAR // The Centre School

not as complicated as others...

“Practical and the techniques were not as complicated as other similar courses that I have attended.”

Deputy Head Teacher // North London

simple, straightforward...

“Everything was simple, straightforward and made a lot of sense. Glad I don’t have to remember about 20 holds like you do on other courses”

Head Teacher // Tickford Park Primary School

really valuable having as much time as we did...

“we appreciated the tailoring of the course to include de-escalation and talking around this as well as the physical intervention itself. it was well worth doing the online training element ahead of time as it was really valuable having as much time as we did to work practically. gerard answered our questions fully and talked specifically about some of the children we have particular concerns about (eg very young children in nursery). thank you”

SENCO // Peterborough

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the training carried out?

Usually the training venue will be our client's responsibility and full details of this are made clear around the time of booking so that you know what we are going to need to give your people the best possible experience of training with our team.

We have often helped our clients to source appropriate training venues, where that assistance was requested!

Due to the nature of our training approach, we often require a good-sized training room which has the capacity for your team to move around in and in which we can set up scenarios which are as close as we can get them to real-world applications of the material we teach your people.

What is the investment in training?

Our training costs are often calculated on a per-day basis and directly related to the Needs Analysis which we carry out with you.

We are constantly working to make sure that the investment level is reasonable and competitive.

We generally ask for an investment which takes into account the type of content we are going to work on with your staff, the numbers of staff involved, the risk level of the encounters they engage in and the number of days of training which will be required to get your people up to the proper standard.

We are VAT registered and all pricing sent to you is 'plus VAT at the prevailing rate'.

We also charge travel expenses which you should discuss with our training advisor so that these are as clear as possible as you book in your training course.

How quickly can I book training to happen?

Our training advisor is waiting to have a call with you to discuss your timelines and preferred schedule. We generally book training 4-6 weeks out from today, however we always have been able to respond to clients who need training 'as soon as possible' when urgent needs pop up. The sooner we talk with you, the sooner we can get the training in place!

How many people can attend a training course?

There are numerous formats which we use to deliver training with your team, whether it be a large group or a smaller team. We know that the best group sizes for learning depend on the complexity of the material to be covered, the amount of time we have with your people and also the constraints you may be working with in your budget and resources. Most of our clients put 12-16 people in our less-physically demanding training courses, and often fewer people than this into our more demanding courses. Let's talk about the best solution for your needs....

Is Dynamis training Accredited?

Dynamis has attained the respected Quality Award Centre status (QAC #2201) with the Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), demonstrating our commitment to quality assurance and strict adherence to the most recent guidance on the management and prevention of workplace conflict.  All our trainers are fully qualified and attend CPD development on a regular basis in accordance with ICM requirements.

Is the training suitable for my staff and my context?

Our goal is that you see a tremendous improvement in your team's ability to prevent and manage difficult encounters with the people in your service, so we focus on making sure that each training session with your people feels directly connected to their everyday work and is compliant with the relevant guidance which governs it.


100% Satisfaction Guarantee

You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you are not fully satisfied by the training we deliver for your team, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.

Gerard O'Dea