12 Hour Mainstream Schools Course

Effectively & Systematically Removing Barriers to Learning

The 12 Hour Mainstream Schools Course has been specifically developed for Teachers and TA's who are supporting children and young people with behaviours of concern (SEMH/SEND).

The 12 Hour +ProActive Approaches in Schools Course empowers learners to consider all behaviour in a context. Through their understanding of behaviour, they are enabled to be able to identify and implement proactive and de-escalation strategies to help them respond confidently to behaviour in a way that is in line with individual pupil's needs.

See below for the course description and overview.

  • Behaviours of concern in the context of child development (sometimes referred to as “challenging behaviour”, we’ll explain why that’s not helpful and may even be creating a toxic culture).
  • The significant impact of childhood trauma & unmet attachment needs.
  • Effective and practical ‘classroom specific’ de-escalation techniques including help scripts.
  • Responding safely to behaviours of concern, keeping children, and yourself safe.
  • Low-level guiding & escorting techniques using +ProActive Building Blocks©
  • 1-person physical interventions using +ProActive Building Blocks©

Effective Behaviour Support relies on Empathy. a Healthy Culture. Consistency. Effective Communication. Great Team Work. #AimingForZero

The philosophy behind +ProActive Approaches is one of understanding, empathy and adopting a proactive mindset in relation to potential challenging behaviour. Through empowering staff members to become inquisitive about behaviour and consider it from a context of either being an unmet need, frustration, anxiety, trauma & attachment issues, environmental factor or communication difficulties.


Staff teams will be able to correctly understand the behaviours and subsequently develop the correct support plans that will limit the likelihood of behaviour in the first place. This approach will ensure that your school effectively focuses on supporting students, rather than trying to manage them.


The +ProActive Approaches courses draw heavily on contemporary research, PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) principles and direct practice experience. All courses will allow you to confidently meet Ofsted requirements.

You can access a training package that provides practical solutions to serious issues and regularly achieves significant increases in not only course participant’s knowledge, but more importantly, their SKILLS & CONFIDENCE.

This is achieved through a blend of the following:

  • Experiential Learning
  • Video Case Studies
  • Group Exercises
  • Pairs Exercises
  • Group Discussions

Course Overview

The 12 Hour +ProActive Approaches in Schools Course provides you with school specific behaviour support training that focuses on removing barriers to learning.  

This is done through understanding the reasons for behaviour which informs effective strategies to keep the thinking brain online!

The course is designed to assist staff to identify, understand and respond confidently to behaviour that you see in the classroom using a wide range of proactive strategies and techniques.   

It also includes some low level guiding and escorting techniques so that staff can respond safely to behaviours of concern. 

Course Content

The 12-Hour +ProActive Approaches in Schools Course will give your staff a clear insight into the reasons for behaviours of concern. During the course, delegates gain significant benefits from the dynamic nature of the interactive learning, as well as the positive impact on understanding and information retention from the experiential exercises and video case studies.

The course covers the following:

The What – Impact on development

  • Introduction & Welcome (setting the scene).
  • Establishing healthy ‘values’ and a robust foundation for practice.
  • Exploring Culture and recognising the importance of child-focused language and attitude for informing daily practice
  • Defining therapeutic practice and how to implement it within your school.
  • Defining Behaviours of Concern; (historically referred to as ‘Challenging Behaviour’) and adopting a therapeutic mindset.
  • Understanding ‘Lived Experiences’ (ACE’s). The significant impact of childhood trauma, attachment and shame on brain architecture and the ability to access learning.
  • Trauma-informed & Attachment aware practice. An attachment-aware school is one where the staff understand the neuroscience behind attachment to be able to develop relational strategies and recognise trauma that prevents vulnerable children from accessing learning. 
  • Understanding Toxic Shame and how it is likely to significantly influence a pupil’s behaviour.  Understanding shame helps staff identify why children lie, blame, minimise and rage

The Why – The Science behind the outcome of impact

  • Defining ‘Behaviours’ or ‘Responses’ through a Therapeutic Lens – ACES, brain architecture, neuroscience, lived experiences, attachment, trauma, shame.
  • What is Behaviour – recognising types and causes of behaviour (Form and Function of behaviour) and how this changes our opinions of children
  • Understanding how brain architecture leads to the forming of maladaptive strategies.

The How – Practical Application of a Trauma and Attachment Lens 

  • Developing an understanding of the need for a therapeutic culture and language among adults.
  • Relationships – recognising that sensitive and authentic attuned relationships can calm anxiety and get back on track (‘felt safety’ cues and use of PACE).
  • What to do when a child becomes dysregulated – Secondary Prevention strategies (de-escalation) to support lowering of stress and anxiety through:
    a. Bottom-up approach (Perry’s 3 R’s – Regulate, Relate, Reason)
  • Mindfulness – A reminder for adults to remain self-aware when faced with crisis behaviours. Includes the ‘STOP’ strategy.
  • How to respond therapeutically to behaviours such as lying or blaming.
  • Consider behaviours for adults to avoid when supporting children in crisis, becoming a ‘trusted adult’ and therapeutic responses to crisis.
  • How to include children and young people in behaviour planning (promoting inclusion, choices and considering a therapeutic approach to behaviour plans)

Positive Handling and Restrictive Practices

  • The law & legal context and understanding restrictive practices  (including the Education and Inspections Act 2006, Education Acts 2002 and 2011).
  • The health risks associated with physically holding children (including positional asphyxiation).
  • Developing the use of low arousal approaches.
  • Introduction to our research-based teaching methodology +ProActive Building Blocks©. Proven to increase skill acquisition AND retention.
  • Breakaway (disengagement) techniques taught using  +ProActive Building Blocks©.
  • Low-level guiding & escorting techniques taught using +ProActive Building Blocks©.
  • 1-person holds taught using +ProActive Building Blocks©.


Please Note – We will complete a full behavioural audit with you prior to the course. This will ensure that we teach the correct level of strategies and techniques for your setting, i.e. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary strategies.


Q: Is the course Accredited?

A: Yes, this course is fully BILD Act Certified under the RRN Training Standards.

Q: How long does the course last?

A: 12 Hours. The usual start and finish times are 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, however, this can be flexible depending on your needs. There will be a mid-morning & mid-afternoon break as well as a lunch break. Lunch not provided.

Q: Where are the courses run?

A: Venue supplied by yourselves – we come to you! We will supply you with a detailed venue specification to make a venue easier to source.

Q: Is the course certificated?

A: Yes, all delegates who pass the course will be issued with a certificate as part of the course fee. Your certificates will include a BILD Act logo. Certificates are issued based on competence and not attendance.

Q: Is the theory part of the course just Powerpoint?

A: Absolutely NOT! The course utilises a unique blend of video, case studies, group exercises, personal reflection, experiential exercises to effectively impart the required knowledge and skills in order to empower staff to support children and young people effectively.

Q: How many delegates can attend?

A: 12 people with 1 Trainer, up to 18 people with 2 Trainers. These ratios are in line with the RRN Training Standards.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Click on the ‘Download Info Pack‘ button below to receive your copy of our PDF Info pack (delivered instantly via email). The pack includes full course details and costs.

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