Team-Teach

Practical, accessible training developed over the course of 20 years (from TT website)

Founded in 1997 by George Matthews, a teacher with 20 years’ experience, Team Teach is on a mission to equip everyone with the tools they need to understand behaviour and manage challenging situations, at work or in daily life, in a positive and respectful manner.

To do this, we provide reasoned, researched and considered positive behavioural management training solutions which are delivered by experienced and knowledgeable trainers and designed to help safely manage the behaviour of children and adults in a variety of educational, health and social care settings.

Our training courses are designed for everyone, at any level, in any situation. We want to empower individuals from all walks of life to manage challenging, emotionally-charged interactions in a positive, respectful way.

Strategies that lower risk and minimise intrusive physical intervention (From TT website)

The positive behaviour management strategies that Team Teach develops and promotes emphasise team building, personal safety, communication, and verbal and non-verbal de-escalation techniques for dealing with challenging behaviour which reduce the need for physical intervention. As a last resort, we also teach positive handling techniques to resolve conflicts in ways that are safe, and which provide opportunities for repair and reflection for everyone involved.

We enable services to develop acceptable and authorised responses to disruptive, disturbing, angry and aggressive behaviours in a manner that maintains positive relationships and provides safety for all, helping reduce the number of serious incidents involving physical controls, and raising the awareness of the importance of recording, reporting, monitoring and evaluating all incidents involving positive handling.

We see positive handling as just one part of a whole-setting approach to behaviour management. As such, our framework is entirely compatible with Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) approaches for people with learning disabilities.

Positive Behaviour Management Courses (from TT website)

Team Teach provides accredited, award-winning training in positive behaviour management strategies. Our courses equip individuals and teams working with both children and adults in a variety of settings to transform challenging situations and behaviours into positive outcomes and maintain positive relationships.

Best practice is achieved through a whole staff training approach, actively supported and attended by senior leadership and management; where everybody hears the key messages at the same time and are on the "same page" with regard to knowing what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and with regard to the latter, how to respond in a way that is more likely to de-escalate a situation.

Therefore, our preferred and recommended training model, providing the highest level of safeguarding, is for all staff to receive training:

Team-Teach Courses we offer:

Positive Behaviour Management Level One – 6 Hour

Positive Behaviour Management Level One – 6 Hour is a one-day course aimed at individuals operating in low-risk service settings, including mainstream primary and secondary schools, nurseries, children’s hospitals, adult learning and residential homes.

It equips individuals with simple de-escalation strategies and basic positive handling techniques to deal with challenging behaviour.

Positive Behaviour Management Level Two – 12 Hour

Positive Behaviour Management Level Two – 12 Hour is a two-day course designed to deliver proven, safe strategies for anyone managing challenging behaviour in medium-risk settings, including Pupil Referral Units, special schools, adult learning facilities, children’s homes and health and elderly care settings.

It provides an understanding of the causes of challenging behaviour, along with respectful, supportive and practical strategies for de-escalation and crisis intervention.

Positive Behaviour Management Advanced Modules

Positive Behaviour Management Advanced Modules are designed for individuals who are currently certified in either Level One – 6 Hour and Level Two – 12 Hour courses and working in challenging, high-risk service settings such as Special Schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Secure Units, children's homes or elderly care.

It provides strategies to ensure personal safety and the reduction of threat, and equips individuals with positive handling techniques which are appropriate in response to extreme, aggressive behaviour.


All techniques have undergone (2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015) a medical risk assessment review, carried out by independent experts..

Award-winning, accredited training (from TT website)

The Institute of Conflict Management (ICM)

Intermediate and Advanced Train-the-Trainer courses are quality controlled and assured by an external moderator, with potential new trainers having to pass both a theoretical test and multiple practical assessments. All Team Teach positive handling techniques have undergone a medical review carried out by independent medical experts, as required by ICM.

CPD Certified Training

Our course materials for Positive Behaviour Management Level One – 6 Hour, Level Two – 12 Hour, Advanced Modules, and our Intermediate and Advanced Train-the-Trainer courses have all been accredited by the CPD Accreditation Service.

National Training Award

This government-supported award recognises exceptional achievement in training and development. Judges were impressed by our support infrastructure, and our robust quality control and assurance processes, and observed that our innovative approaches have delivered significant benefits to a wide range of employers.