The Effects of Training Staff in SEBD Schools in Positive Handling

Abstract

Dean has been the Director of Positive Behaviour Strategies Ltd and has been a Principal Tutor for Team Teach since the SEBD School that Dean was working in closed as a result of a restructuring of SEBD provision in Sheffield in 2005. In this article, he describes his research for part of his recent SEBDA/ University of Leicester master's degree. Dean looked at the impact of training in 'positive handling', using the well known Team-Teach approach, in four SEBD schools, interviewing a small sample of staff and young people. His findings follow an instructive overview of the literature on positive handling (or to use current government terminology 'use of force'). [NB This study took place before the Coalition Government's 2010 revisions to official guidance in this area.]

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