We pride ourselves at Dove House on providing a safe learning environment for our pupils. Sometimes, some of our children may get anxious or agitated – we will do our best to help pupils to calm down using communication skills, distraction techniques and removing triggers where possible.
However, there may be times when children need more help to calm down. This can require physical interventions. At Dove House, we have adopted the Team Teach approach to manage challenging behaviour. All our classroom based staff have been trained in the use of this approach and we have two tutors in school who carry out initial training, on-going refresher training and advise staff on managing behaviour.
Team Teach promotes the least intrusive positive handling strategy and offers a continuum of gradual and graded techniques, with an emphasis and preference for the use of verbal, non-verbal de-escalation strategies being used and exhausted before positive handling strategies are utilised. It should be stressed that 95% of Team Teach strategies are about diversion and diffusion and only 5% about a physical intervention.