Until recently I was the Deputy Head Teacher at Newfield Special School in Blackburn. I was also the lead Team-Teach trainer within the school and had been since 2009.
I left teaching in the summer of 2015 to become a Senior Team-Teach Tutor,
delivering training within Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, Blackpool and Manchester City Council.
For those of you who are not familiar with Team-Teach, it is an accredited training framework for schools and care settings, who are working with children and young people who display a wide range of challenging behaviours. Team-Teach is accredited by a number of National organisations including Ofsted, but most notably by The Departments of Health and Education and Institute of Conflict Management (ICM).
The training focusses on verbal and non-verbal communication, on diversion and de-escelation of problem situations, includes positive handling skills and if absolutely necessary - safe, effective and humane physical interventions.
Team-Teach training helps to create a working environment in which staff have a greater understanding of why children and young people display challenging behaviours; where staff develop shared values and support one another through a common approach to behaviour management.
The training also offers schools a stronger sense of professional security
around anxious, troubled and sometimes troublesome individuals.