Team Teach


Team Teach approach is 95% de-escalation and only 5% physical intervention.

Planned “Positive Handling” can be viewed as positive, because it is committed to keeping students and adults safe in a variety of settings. On some occasions there may be a need to physically intervene/support students in order to keep them safe or where there is a clear risk.

  • Injury, or risk of injury, to themselves or another student
  • Injury, or risk of injury, to a member of staff
  • Serious damage to property

All school teaching staff, teaching assistants and regular cover supply staff are trained in the use of Team Teach (as advised by Wakefield Authority).

Staff have an initial 6 or  12 hour training course that covers behaviour management and supportive guiding techniques.  All trained staff are required to attend a refresher training.

Restrictive physical intervention is used at Highfield in situations where it is felt that a pupil or others are at risk of harm. It is used when other avenues have been exhausted or in an emergency.

All staff who use restrictive physical intervention have undergone Team teach training. All pupils who may require restrictive physical intervention when in school will have an Positive Handling Plan which has been shared and discussed with parents / carers.

Therefore the use of restrictive physical intervention will be minimal in school and for the shortest time possible.

When a restrictive physical intervention has been used staff should share this with SLT so it can be discussed at a debrief.

Our Team Teach trainers are Nicola Hirst and Daniel Andersson.

Please visit the Team Teach website to find out more.