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Train The Trainer Course (Special Schools & PRU's Edition)

Easily deliver INSET days and twilight sessions

The Special School Train The Trainer Course has been specifically developed for Teachers & TA's who are supporting children and young people with behaviours of concern (SEND & SEMH).

The 8-Day +ProActive Approaches Train The Trainer Course (Special Schools & PRU's Edition) enables one of your own staff to qualify as an 'In House' trainer and mentor colleagues in order to identify, understand and respond confidently to behaviour that they would ordinarily find stressful using a wide range of proactive strategies and techniques.

The Special Schools & PRU’s Edition of +ProActive Approaches provides you with an ‘In-House’ solution to easily cascade ‘classroom/school specific’ behaviour support training that focuses on understanding the reasons for behaviour and teaches effective de-escalation strategies.

The modules outlined below can be delivered during INSET days or twilight sessions.

The course enables one of your own staff to qualify as an ‘In House’ trainer, which means you have the benefit of having trauma-informed and attachment aware training delivered by your own staff who know your children’s needs as well as the workforce and organisational systems.  

The course will assist staff in identifying, understanding and responding confidently to behaviour using a wide range of proactive strategies and techniques.

See below for the course description and overview.

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.

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 minimum standards.

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 8-Day +ProActive Approaches Train The Trainer Course (Special Schools & PRU’s Edition) will give you a clear insight into the reasons for behaviour.  Understanding behaviour helps staff to be able to respond in more empathic ways to support healthy relationships, trust and develop an environment that is safe for learning.

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.

Course Content

The modules outlined below can be delivered during INSET days or twilight sessions. The course content is modular and can therefore be delivered in a way that meets the current training needs of your team.

The course covers the following:

The What – Impact on development

  • Introduction & Welcome (setting the scene).
  • Introducing the +ProActive Trainers Toolkit (an in-depth toolkit that covers all of the key areas for success as a trainer).
  • 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. Child Development in a context of understanding behaviour and children’s ‘responses’. 
  • Trauma-informed & Attachment aware practice. An attachment-aware service 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 care & learning. 
  • Understanding the ‘arousal-relaxation cycle’.
  • Understanding Toxic Shame and how it is likely to significantly influence a young person’s behaviour.  Understanding shame helps staff identify why children lie, blame, minimise and rage. 
  • Polyvagal Lens – Translating neuroscience into useful everyday conversations (Recognising state of ANS) 

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.
  • What is Behaviour – recognising types and causes of behaviour (Form and Function of behaviour) and how this changes our opinions of children
  • Understanding ‘Setting Events‘ & ‘Triggers‘.

The How – Practical Application of a Trauma and Attachment Lens 

  • Developing an understanding of the need for a therapeutic culture and language among adults.
  • Secure Base for Teachers/Teams – Are we ready for change?
  • +ProActive Schools Model – Creates consistency and gathers great evidence for Ofsted
  • Motivational Assessment Scale – Practical Tool that will help your team to understand the correct function (reason) behind a child’s behaviour
  • 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)
    b. Sensory circuits
    c. Brain integration
  • Relationships – recognising that sensitive and authentic attuned relationships can calm anxiety and get back on track (‘felt safety’ cues and use of PACE).
  • Mindfulness – A reminder for adults to remain self-aware when faced with crisis behaviours. Includes the ‘STOP’ strategy.
  • Using Stages of an Incident to understand what happens to a person in crisis during an incident – to inform us how to respond appropriately at any point.
  • 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.
  • Tutor Group Strategy Plans – offering structure to the start of the day for staff to proactively discuss behaviour and identified strategies (inc behaviour audits, templates and data gathering to show progress and review strategies)
  • 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)

Positive Handling and Restrictive Practices

  • The law & legal context and understanding restrictive practices.
  • 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 and 2-person holds taught using +ProActive Building Blocks©.


  • Q: Where Are They Held?

    Option 1 - Delegates can either join one of our ‘national – open’ courses which are run at a number of venues around the country.

    Option 2 - or, alternatively, you can commission a CLOSED ‘In-House’ course, just for your organisation! A minimum of 6 delegates is required, we come to you. This option will also save you significant costs by avoiding the need for your delegates to stay in a hotel for 8 days.

  • Q: How long does the course last?

    A: 8-Days. The start and finish times are 9.00 am – 4.45 pm each day. There will be a mid-morning & mid-afternoon break as well as a lunch break. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

  • Q: How many delegates can attend?

    A: We recommend that you have a minimum of 2 people to become your In-House Trainers. For quality assurance purposes, In-House Trainers should train in pairs whilst delivering courses. However, we recognise that smaller organisations may not have the resources to send 2 people to become trainers. In this circumstance, additional support may be required.

  • 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. Certificates are valid for 12 months.

Q: Do you charge extra for certificates?
A: Absolutely not. We do not charge extra to certificate for the courses that your trainers will run in-house. unlike many providers, our fees are transparent, there are no hidden charges. The course fee entitles you to train (and certificate) as many staff in your organisation per year as you require (within the allowed trainer-to-delegate ratios).
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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