Training for staff in positive handling strategies through a whole setting holistic approach.

The Team-Teach approach to provide your school’s duty of care when managing violent and aggressive behaviour as part of whole school behaviour management.

Team-Teach is Oxfordshire County Council's preferred system for holistic behaviour management that needs to include the use of Positive Touch and Restrictive Physical Intervention (RPI). The does not commit the local authority exclusively to Team-Teach, but because of its effectiveness it has grown in popularity in recent years.

When children present aggressive or violent behaviours towards their peers or staff that require physical interventions, including restraint, then the relevant policy to address this is the Model Positive Handling Policy (pdf format, 414Kb). Within this, guidance is offered on the types of trainers that can be commissioned in order to support staff to fulfil their duty of care to children and to keep staff safe.


The most recent information we have indicates that the current capacity in the Oxfordshire area includes the following Team-Teach license holders:

All of the above training organisations hold a current Team-Teach Area Operating License and their qualifications are regularly reviewed and quality assured. All of them have wide ranging current experience of working in Oxfordshire schools, both mainstream and special. Each can be contacted separately in order to discuss their present status, availability, costs and terms & conditions. However, the relevant Team-Teach courses and training modules would be delivered with fidelity by any licensed trainer. The trainers have the capacity to act collaboratively with each other when required. They can also draw on Team-teach tutors from other areas in order to assist with delivery.

Reporting physical and verbal abuse (PVA1) of staff

The system for reporting physical and verbal abuse (PVA) of staff in schools maintained by the local authority has been electronically upgraded. High frequency or severe incidents reports are being followed up. If school leadership wants to request a follow up when they have reported an incident then please visit the schools health and safety page.

Commissioning other support for managing pupil behaviour

If you wish to discuss any further aspect of commissioning behaviour support work in your school or setting, then please contact the education support team as above and we will signpost you to the most appropriate provider in the first instance.

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