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Positive Handling for Education Providers

NFPS Approved techniques

Our Positive Handling course is designed to help all participants feel more capable and confident in their ability to manage challenging situations, knowing that their interventions are legal, safe and compliant with national guidance.

The techniques used follow the positive handling approach outlined by the National Federation for Personal Safety (NFPS), which have been risk assessed and tested for their effectiveness, safety and ease of learning.

Who should complete the course?

This course is beneficial for all professionals working in schools, colleges, with youth and nursery groups, e.g. teachers, learning and support assistants, Deputy Heads, Head Teachers and Governors.  

Our typical groups are teams of up to, or multiples of, 12 staff.   We can, by arrangement, train whole-school groups.


To give delegates more confidence in working with challenging situations, enabling them to intervene using a variety of de-escalation techniques and approved interventions, to promote a safe environment for all people involved.


By the end of the course, delegates will have developed an understanding of:

  • How to balance their own safety with the safety of the other children and that of the distressed child (Duty of Care)
  • How to comply with the Department of Education Guidance on “The use of Reasonable Force with pupils” for Positive Handling
  • What powers are granted to them by the Education & Inspection Act, Section 93, for the use of restraint and Positive Handling
  • How to use effective ‘Communications and De-Escalation’ Principles for Positive Handling
  • How to physically protect and positively safeguard themselves, their colleagues and their pupils during risky situations
  • How to recognise the importance of Positive Behaviour Support plans and Positive Handling Plans for pupils
  • How to identify, reduce and avoid the risks inherent in Restraint/ Positive Handling interventions
  • Specific physical skills and tactical principles for how to achieve Positive Handling Control, Escort and Restraint in the pursuit of Non-Harmful Control of Children and Young People
Course Content

Course Content

  • Understanding of the law
  • Department of Education guidance on the use of force in schools
  • Strategies for defusing situations
  • Practice and application of positive handling skills
  • The physical handling techniques, which staff will learn, include guiding and prompting techniques, low level holds and responding to increasing levels of hostility


1 day


Observation and participation.

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