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6 Hour Schools Course (Mainstream)

Trauma-Informed & Attachment Aware Behaviour Support

The 6-Hour +ProActive Approaches Schools Course provides your staff access to behaviour support training that focuses on understanding the reasons for behaviour and teaches effective proactive and de-escalation strategies.

The 6-Hour Schools Course (Mainstream) has been specifically developed for Teachers & TAs who are supporting children and young people with behaviours of concern (SEMH/SEND).

The 6-Hour +ProActive Approaches in Schools Course (Mainstream) empowers learners to consider behaviour in a context and includes the following:

  • ‘Behaviours of concern’ in the context of child development.
  • The significant impact of childhood trauma, attachment and complex shame.
  • Functions of behaviour.
  • Incorporates Hughes’ PACE Model (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity & Empathy) & Perry’s Bottom-up Approach (3 Rs) 
  • Developing effective classroom/school-specific ‘De-Escalation’ skills, help scripts and choosing the correct response.
  • A-Z Toolkit – To identify pupil/classroom/school specific trauma-informed strategies

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 behaviours of concern. 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, they will be able to understand the behaviours correctly and subsequently develop the correct support plans that will limit the likelihood of behaviour in the first place. This approach will ensure that your service effectively focuses on supporting young people 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.

Staff teams will be able to understand the behaviours correctly 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 pupils rather than trying to manage them.

You can access a training package that provides practical solutions to serious issues and regularly achieves significant increases in not only course participants’ 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 6 Hour +ProActive Approaches in Schools Course will give your staff a clear insight into the reasons for behaviours you see in the classroom, effective ‘Primary Prevention’ strategies and a practical set of ‘Classroom Specific De-Escalation Skills’. 

During the course, delegates gain significant benefit 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.

Course Content

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 service.
  • 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. 

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.
  • 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 dysregulatedstrategies 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.
  • A-Z Toolkit – To support development of a robust set of classroom/school-specific strategies to use once a child has been triggered into dysregulation (De-Escalation) and choosing the correct responses.
  • Developing individualised support plans that will support children in relation to their behaviour.
  • How to include children and young people in behaviour planning (promoting inclusion, choices and considering a therapeutic approach to behaviour plans)


Q: Is the course Accredited?

A: No, this course does not teach any restrictive practices or physical interventions so is therefore not certificated by BILD Act.   If this is something you require, then you can contact us for more information or click on the 12-hour course which may be more suitable.  

Q: How long does the course last?

A: 6 Hours.  

Q: Where are the courses run?

A: Venue supplied by yourselveswe 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.  

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 and experiential exercises to effectively impart the required knowledge and skills in order to empower staff to support children and young people effectively.

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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