Why use Get Safe Training for restraint, breakaway, safety courses?

Government guidelines state that teachers should have physical restraint training.

It is a foreseeable risk that teachers may have to physically restrain a pupil, or touch them in some way to guide or protect them, so training should be provided for teachers and school staff.

Teacher helping pupils at school

Are your staff trained in Ofsted-accepted breakway techniques?

A third of teachers in the UK have faced physical aggression from pupils, a survey for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) suggests. And more than half have known of colleagues who have left teaching because of poor pupil behaviour and assaults from parents.

"The whole of the children's workforce would benefit from basic training on the law relating to the use of restraint", the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has said.

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“It is advisable that at least one member of staff in every school has received recent training, by expert-accredited providers in physical intervention and restraint techniques.”

Ed Balls - Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 2010

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We have spent over thirty years teaching and training teachers in the development of the skills needed to survive in the world of education.

Our highly qualified and experienced instructors are ideally placed to train your school staff to deal with the increasing levels of conflict and violence being experienced by teachers, secretaries and line managers.

The law with regard to breakaway techniques, physical interventions and appropriate levels of restraint is relatively easy to understand, but do your teachers understand what they can and cannot do?

Figures released to BBC Breakfast suggest two-thirds of newly qualified teachers have received no clear guidance on restraining violent pupils.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which surveyed 1,001 of its members, is calling for training in this area to be made compulsory.

The ATL union's Sharon Liburd said: "These violent confrontations can erupt very, very quickly, they [teachers] need to be clear about what sort of steps they can take to try to stop the situation from escalating, if they have to physically intervene and how in fact they do that."

  • Does your school have an up-to-date policy for the Management of Challenging Behaviour?
  • Are your staff trained in Ofsted-accepted breakway techniques?
  • Do you have identified staff who are trained in restraint?
  • Have you identified and undertaken risk assessments on individual pupils where necessary?

Teachers now have the power to search pupils for weapons, but have they been trained to do so? And should they be searching for weapons at all?

Recent figures show that school staff are now more likely than ever to be sworn at, pushed or grabbed by  pupils or parents and there is an urgent need for staff to be trained as to what their responses should be. 

Current governement guidance suggests types of force that could be used with pupils including:

1. Passive physical contact resulting from standing between pupils or blocking a pupil's path - interposing between pupils.

2. Active physical contact such as:

  • leading a pupil by the hand or arm,
  • ushering a pupil away by placing a hand in the centre of the back. In more extreme circumstances, using appropriate restrictive holds, which may require specific expertise or training.

Teachers should be aware that some of these suggestions carry inherent risks to both children and adults and do not represent a substitute for training in relation to physical intervention from a recognised provider. Training is vital in helping teachers establish when they should and should not use force, and how much force is proportional and necessary.

Section 93 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 states that school staff may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances to prevent a pupil from doing, or continuing to do, any of the following:

  • Committing any offence (or, where it involves a pupil under the age of criminal responsibility, committing what would be an offence for an older pupil), injuring themselves or others.
  • Causing personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil himself).
  • Prejudicing the maintenance of good order and discipline at the school or among any pupils receiving education at the school, whether during a teaching session or otherwise.

"I do believe that teachers need to know they can physically restrain children" - Michael Gove - October 2010

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