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The Meadows can deliver Team -Teach training courses throughout

Durham County local authority area to staff from a variety of education

settings from: Academies, Foundation Schools, Voluntary Aided Schools,

Supply Staff, FE colleges, Specialist Teaching Schools.


Recent Feedback from course participants:

“Holistic behavioural approach.  Relevant to our setting”

“Tutors Knowledge and enthusiasm was great”

“Pace content and atmosphere was excellent”

“Good straight forward approach with humour, good clear information”


Team-Teach Aims and Course Objectives

  1. To promote the least intrusive positive handling strategy and a continuum of gradual                                                                   and graded techniques, with an emphasis and preference for the use of verbal, non-verbal                                                          de-escalation strategies being used and exhausted before positive handling strategies are utilised

  2. To enable services develop acceptable and authorised responses to disruptive, disturbing, angry                                                  and aggressive behaviours in a manner that maintains positive relationships and provides safety                                                  for all, by training in Team-Teach

  3. To reduce the amount of serious incidents involving physical controls in all settings and to emphasise the importance of exhausting behaviour management strategies in the first instance

  4. To increase the awareness of staff concerning the importance of recording and reporting, monitoring and evaluating, all incidents involving positive handling

  5. To provide a process of repair and reflection for both staff and children


Core Course Objectives

Following successful completion of a Team -Teach Practitioners Course participants will:

  • Be able to state the basic values, rationale and principles of the Team-Teach Approach

  • Have knowledge and understanding of relevant legal standards and expectations related to use of force

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the reporting, recording, monitoring and evaluating requirements of incidents involving physical controls and reasonable force

  • Have knowledge and understanding of aggression and conflict, being able to recognise typical signs and causes

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the importance of using de-escalation strategies where possible. Is aware of the concept of the conflict spiral, levels of behaviour and the need for an appropriate staff response in order to maximise the opportunity to calm the incident through non- verbal and verbal strategies where possible

  • Have knowledge and understanding of a whole setting holistic approach to behaviour management, including the importance of self-awareness and self-control whilst managing challenging behaviour


Course Requirements

Each participant is required to:

  • undertake their own risk assessment consult with G.P/ others regarding any personal health concerns

  • discuss any concerns with their Service Manager  or Head teacher

  • notify trainer of any issues of relevance to your participation in this training

  • wear suitable clothing and soft footwear

  • remove any watches, jewellery, body piercings, etc. to ensure your own safety and that of others. Ensuring that fingernails are of a suitable length to minimise injuries to self and others

  • be prepared to participate fully in the physical techniques as requested or demonstrated by the Team teach tutor, unless risk assessment dictates otherwise.


Close physical contact with other participants & instructors is a necessity during the training of TEAM – TEACH. There is a strong emphasis given to a code of conduct, courtesy and sensitivity that is respectful to all.

It is an expectation that this code shall be maintained and respected by all participants during the training. Course members who act outside of this code will be advised once and then required to sit out and observe.

  • adhere to all instructions given by the Team teach tutors regarding Health & Safety issues, especially those related to role play and levels of resistance permitted during the learning of the physical skills.

  • to attend promptly and to complete the whole of the training days in order to qualify for certification.

Personal Health Awareness Check

This short questionnaire – will form the basis of your personal risk assessment before you undertake the practical training in The TEAM-TEACH Approach.

TEAM-TEACH courses are appropriate for people with a wide range of age, weight, height, co-ordination, physical fitness and aptitude to learn. The techniques used do not rely on physical strength, instead making use of the body’s own mechanics, positioning and balance.

However, if you:

  • have a history of a heart condition / high or low blood pressure / chest complaint etc.

  • have any back problem / arthritis / joint pain etc.

  • have any recent fractures

  • are diabetic / asthmatic / epileptic / anaemic or other

  • are or think you may be pregnant

  • are presently taking any medication or are under the care of a doctor or health care professional

  • have any other condition / injury etc. that may be affected by taking part in the physical aspects of this training

  • are in any doubt or are concerned about your ability to undertake this training, you need to consult with your (G.P. in the first instance. Then to discuss any advice you -were given with your Unit/Service Manager or Head teacher who will be able to advise you accordingly with regard to the suitability of you completing the training programme.


Please ensure that you speak to the Team tutor before the start of the training if you have any specific health concerns in the context of the practical, physical activity.

During the training you need to ensure that you wear suitable, comfortable clothing and soft shoes, and that you remove all watches and jewellery before training commences.

In addition, please note that learning of the practical techniques will, with your permission, necessitate close physical contact with other participants and tutors.


For further information, please contact:

The Meadows School

Whitworth Lane


County Durham

DL16 7QW


Tel: 01388 811178

Fax: 01388 814050


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