Restraint Reduction Programme for Schools

This Essential ‘Safe Schools System’ course is aimed at Schools and those that work in Education.

The aim of the Safe Schools system is to help you to achieve an outstanding judgement within the new OFTED framework in terms of Behaviour and Attitudes and Personal Development.

Reduce restraints
Reduce exclusions
Provide a positive learning environment through Restorative Practices

We achieve this by providing your staff with the knowledge and skills in

  • Understanding behaviour
  • Communication
  • De-escalation
  • Restrictive and Non-restrictive Physical Interventions
  • Restorative Practises

How can Safe Schools help you reduce behaviour that prevents learning and can results in harm?

  • Develop effective behaviour and attendance policies which will set out clear routines and high expectations of behaviour and promote attendance and punctuality.
  • Help to promote a calm and orderly environment in the school
  • Reduce exclusions by introducing proven alternative methodologies that are focused on re-engagement rather than exclusion.
  • Educating staff in the principles of understanding the behaviours of pupils with particular individual needs

How can Safe Schools help you to improve the personal development of pupils?

  • Attendance and punctuality are key to students learning. Restorative practises will improve relationships among learners and staff which will promote a positive and respectful culture where students will enjoy school and learning. They will become more positive in their attitude to their education in the knowledge that they will always be listened to and the consequences to poor behaviour will be fair and agreed by staff and learner alike. Restorative practise promotes the fundamental British values, respect and responsibility. It underpins the characteristics required of pupils to enable them to foster inclusivity and recognise difference as a positive and necessary element of a healthy cohesive community which helps learners to become active citizens within their school community.

Learn the secret formula to understand Reasonable Force?

  • The use of reasonable force in schools can be a minefield for teachers and SLT. Safe Schools make this simple by explaining the law and how it applies in your school, with your staff and your Staff will learn simple techniques to maintain the safety of everyone in the school community in the context of Last Resort.

Safe Schools System Stage 1

Staff will learn about their psychological responses to challenging behaviour, the needs and wants of all students, the reasons why behaviour can escalate and how to plan for and manage it, thus empowering staff to have high expectations for learners behaviour and conduct.


This course is recommended for…

All front-line staff that are managing challenging behaviour in school

Course Overview

Completing workshops in the Safe Schools System and the stages of Incident.
Planning – Individual Behaviour plans – to help students to re-regulate their behaviour.
ABC Charting – to share good practise, identify triggers and patterns of behaviour, provide consistency and support each other.
Behaviour For Learning targets – Differentiation in lessons which will identify behavioural needs of each individual student and a system which will evidence their progress towards achieving the high expectations of behaviour and conduct set by the school.

Course Benefits

Keep everyone safe in school, Reduce restraints, Reduce Exclusions, Provide a positive learning environment through Restorative Practises

Course Duration

3 hours learning

Safe Schools System Stage 2

Using work related practical scenarios over a 3-hour period, your staff will learn how to use simple and practical methodologies to prevent reactionary actions to escalated behaviour and confidently manage work related conflict to a satisfactory resolution.

This course is recommended for…

All employees at all levels of your organisation. Managers will inevitably be faced with disgruntled staff within their line management, Front line nursing staff, Care industry staff and in education Teachers’ are often having to negotiating the needs and wants of families, patients, and pupils in situations that can presents a very real risk of escalated behaviour which, in-order to manage, will require trained confident staff.

Course Overview

Using practical scenarios and group activities the course raises participants’ experience, awareness and understanding as to the subtle and more obvious causes of conflict. Through work-based simulations, staff will learn about proactive interventions to show how being proactive can reduce the risk of escalated behaviour. Simple yet very effective de-escalation techniques are interspersed into the practical sessions to give your staff skills to manage low level escalated behaviour and prevent further escalation. Communication is key to reducing the risk of escalated behaviour so this course uses practical activities to give your staff experience of the positive and negative outcomes of the different communication methods.

Course Benefits

By the end of this Conflict Management Training course participants will be better able to:

  • Identify triggers to aggressive behaviour
  • Identify the key components present in escalated behaviour and the different stages of conflict escalation
  • Understand the impact of a behaviour cycle
  • Know when to use de-escalation to prevent aggressive behaviour
  • Understand the impact of effective communication in reducing the risk of escalated behaviour
  • Understand the benefits of proactive interventions to reduce the risk of aggressive behaviour and its positive impact on staff management of escalated behaviour
  • Understand the benefits of positively reviewing conflict events to implement strategies to reduce the risk of a further conflict

Course Duration


3 Hours Learning

Safe Schools System Stage 3

Staff will learn about The Law and the use of reasonable force in schools. This course is in two parts and includes a practical element where staff will learn safe holding and disengagement techniques and a theory workshop regarding the Law and the use of reasonable force in school.

This course is recommended for…

All front-line staff that are managing challenging behaviour in school

Course Overview

The Law and how that applies to staff in school.

The Human rights Act
Lawful Excuse
The education Act
Health and Safety at Work and Manual Handling regulations
Guidance for Head teachers and the Power to Search.

Practical: Safe holding and breakaway techniques for use in schools with all young people including vulnerable groups.

Course Benefits

Staff will be aware of their rights when dealing with challenging behaviour and will learn safe holding and defensive techniques which will keep everyone in school safe and in line with current legislation and guidance.

Course Duration

4 hours learning. Can be split into 2 twilight sessions.


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