Positive Management of Challenging and Obstructive Behaviours | Lighthouse Professional Development

Positive Management of Challenging and Obstructive Behaviours

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The course will allow delegates to share and develop practical strategies for improving student behaviour and reduce dependency on referring to more senior colleagues. The programme will have a practical participatory theme and will include presentations by the trainer, syndicate work and practical exercises – and will be informal with a strong emphasis on finding realistic and workable solutions.

Aims of the course are to:

  • Identify the behaviours they wish to promote / minimise and identify elements in their own practice which promote positive behaviour.
  • Detail elements of good practice within and beyond the school/college.
  • Apply a range of escalation/calming techniques in crisis management – and articulate a variety of strategies to proactively promote positive behaviour.
  • Apply a perspective approach to understanding/promoting positive behaviours.
  • Produce an action plan to further develop delegates current good practice.

Who should attend?
Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Non-teaching Staff in Schools and Colleges


9:30Arrival, registration and coffee13:00Restaurant Lunch
10:00What do we want?
  • Identifying behaviours – specifying positive and negative behaviours
  • Benefits and causes
14:00Dealing with crises – being proactive can’t solve everything
  • Practical skills for escalating/de-escalating in a crisis
  • Practical exercises/summarising best practice
11:15Coffee15:35Evaluation and close of course
11:30The view from the ivory tower
  • Putting theories into practical perspective
Not reinventing the wheel
  • Solving problems before they happen - successful examples from the real world and sharing good practice

Jim C

Jim started teaching in East London and has been working in mainstream secondaries, special schools, colleges and Pupil Referral Units for 29 years, the last 20 of which have been in PRUsOfSTED commented about Jim and his school “...he is a working PRU Headteacherbehaviour is excellent with good discipline achieved apparently effortlessly." His PRU was rated as Outstanding across all five SEF categories. The report also mentioned that his institution was “outstandingly effective in transforming the lives of its students” and “the key factor in the Centre’s success lies in the visionary leadership of the headteacher.”

Jim was invited to join the Government’s Practitioners’ Group advising officials and ministers on drafting the Guidance on Out of School Learning and his centre was also recently visited by the Cabinet Office Delivery Unit researching good practice for the white paper. He was also was awarded a ‘Plato’ in the National Teaching Awards - as Special Needs Teacher of the Year for the West of England. The judges said they were “in awe of his work … to watch him working with his students was a privilege. He sets a shining example in motivating disaffected young people.”

Suitable for: 
Preparatory/Primary, Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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