Professional Learning, De-escalation

The educational psychological service has developed professional learning around de-escalation which compliments the work being done to support nurturing approaches.

The extensive professional learning programme includes the following learning intentions and outcomes:

  • Be able to set de-escalation in policy context (local and national)
  • Understand the critical role of positive relationships and nurture as the basis for de-escalation approaches
  • Understand the evidence base on de-escalation strategies
  • Be able to discuss the functions of distressed behaviour
  • Reflect on how to respond to conflict and confrontation, using a nurturing approach
  • Discuss key aspects of brain science, with relevance to nurturing approaches
  • Use knowledge gained to consider their responses to distress at the various stages of the arousal cycle
  • Have the opportunity to practise skills using de-escalation skills
  • Use the choices and judgements model to inform your approach
  • Begin to create a positive behaviour plan
  • Consider ways to repair the harm
  • Reflect on current arrangements on risk assessment and reporting

Evaluations so far have been really positive and the approaches have been reported as being helpful for a significant number of school staff in their practice.

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