Positive Handling / Physical Intervention Course

Provider: Intelligensa
£50.00 (no VAT on this item) per delegate if over 12
Accreditation opportunities: BTEC L2 available


Provider Rating (from 3 reviews)
Description Positive Handling / Physical Intervention Training for school staff. This is suitable for staff INSET day training or in twilight sessions. Any number of staff can be catered for, depending on the size of your room. The course is legally compliant and is effective for those handling children of any age, suitable for both primary and secondary ages.
Duration One day or two twilight sessions

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

A typical day’s course is as follows:

  • Appropriate educational and children’s legislation, including the use of reasonable force for head teachers, staff and governing bodies, The Education Act 1996 and The Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Human Rights legislation, in particular Article 2 regarding the right to life and the implications for public authorities with regards to restraint
  • Reasonable Force, including Common Law and Section 3(1) Criminal Law Act 1967
  • Health and Safety at Work Legislation, duty of employers and employees under Sections 2, 3 & 7 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Preventing positional asphyxia
  • Introduction and practice of approved ‘low risk’ restraint techniques
  • Demonstration of techniques that should not be used
Evidence underpinning this approach

We discuss the use of force that all persons can use with specific emphasis on teaching staff. Although the focus is to de-escalate, it is important for staff to know what they can lawfully do and how to intervene effectively and safely. They need to know the risks of positional asphyxia, recognising the signs of it occurring, what to do and how to avoid it in the first place. Only approved techniques that are simple, safe and effective are used. Those recognised by The Department for Education as dangerous are also discussed so staff are aware which to avoid.

We are a licensed centre with the National Federation for Personal Safety.

How users/participants can evaluate success

~~Teacher, Essex~~Teacher, Essex‘The course has given me better understanding and confidence as a teacher if and when the need arises to use the skills appropriately and within the law. Thank you to all the tutors for delivering this course in a fun and interactive way’ – Teacher, London

‘Really clear on how to handle pupils. Practical sessions very good’ – Headteacher, London

‘The trainers were social and approachable’ – Teacher, London

‘It has made it clear as to how we can restrain children / adults safely’ – Teacher, London

‘Excellent use of practical skills to positively restrain and calm pupils in difficult situations’ – Teacher, Essex

‘Practical hands-on training that has really developed my confidence in dealing with potential violent situations’ – Teacher, Essex

‘Excellent course’ – Teacher, Essex

'Thank you. Excellent subject knowledge matched to our context and good skills that are simple and effective’ – Headteacher, Herts

‘Very enjoyable course. Trainer was engaging and knowledgable. Physical demonstrations were excellent and applicable to my job’ – Teacher, Herts

‘Friendly and informal manner. Very insightful in relation to the laws and excellent practical session in the afternoon. Thank you’ – Deputy Headteacher, Herts

‘Really, really good day all round. Everyone working in schools needs this’ – Teacher, Herts

Follow-up activities and support

You may wish to invite staff from other schools/establishments and charge them a fee in order to reduce the costs of training to you.

Free policy reviews and ongoing support regards provided. Handouts are provided.


Andy Maddocks is the Director of Intelligensa.

He is an accredited trainer, consultant & speaker on the use of force and restraint. Andy completed 30 years in the Metropolitan Police, leaving as a Detective Inspector. Intelligensa is a licensed centre of the National Federation of Personal Safety.

BTEC Level 2 Physical Intervention Courses are available or bespoke ones to meet the needs of the school.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.