Team Teach


Team-Teach is the only training company, providing physical intervention techniques as part of its course delivery, to have received the highest level of award in the U.K – a National Training Award.  This government supported award is presented to entries who have demonstrated exceptional achievement through training and development. Judges were impressed by the support infrastructure and the robust quality control and assurance processes. They observed that it was a clearly needed service and its innovative approaches have delivered significant benefits to schools/services and local authorities/employers. If you wish to know more, please refer to the National Training Award document: “Helping Teachers Manage Challenging Behaviour” within the Case Study/Research area of the web site.

Positive Handling Strategies are constantly being evaluated, with safety being paramount. The number of serious incidents / restraints should decrease following training.  Training will help employers and employees meet their obligations under Health and Safety legislation thus reducing potential liability claims.  Learning outcomes and behaviour should improve through the provision of safe learning and caring.

The training also has a fun element. It will reduce stress, enhancing team-work, co-operation and staff morale.  Courses are quality controlled and assured with all training summary evaluation reports being produced as evidence of best value. These summary reports are sent to the Director of Team Teach for acknowledgement and comment.

The Positive Handling Strategies have sufficient range and flexibility to be appropriate across the age and development range, for both the intentional and non-intentionally “challenging” individual.  Training enables staff to feel more confident and competent in their management of disruptive and “challenging” behaviour, reducing stress by increasing safety and security for all involved.

Nicki Jennings is a certified Team-Teach Trainer.  She has delivered training in Team Teach for 3 years to 65 education establishments and 2,000 delegates, 60 of those establishments have been for mainstream schools.  Nicki’s own practice as a qualified teacher has included working in environments where physical intervention had to be used on a daily basis, she therefore has a sound understanding and wealth of experience with challenging children. Nicki uses that breadth of experience to tailor the days training to meet the needs of your staff team.


Bespoke Closed courses


A closed course is held at your venue on a date agreeable to you, it is normally open to your staff only.

Costs £545.00 for first 12 delegates then £363 for each additional block of 12 delegates.

An open course is open to all schools and settings and is held on various dates at various venues. It is normally used by schools that have had new staff members join since the last school training was conducted. To qualify for an open course place a school new to Team Teach must have three delegates, one of which from the Senior Team. Schools who have previously been trained will need to supply a copy or certificate number from the main cohort training day.

Costs £75.00 per head

Emotion Coaching


Emotion coaching is predominantly about helping children understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur, and how to handle them. In the simplest terms, we can coach our children about emotions by comforting them, listening and understanding their thoughts and feelings, and helping them understand themselves. As we do this, our children will feel loved, supported, respected, and valued. With this emotionally supportive foundation, we will be much more successful at setting limits and problem solving.


Learning How to Emotion Coach


While emotion coaching may seem complicated at first, as we practice we find that it becomes second nature.

These are the key steps to emotional coaching as presented by Gottman:

Step 1: Understand how you deal with feelings. Before you can become an emotion coach, you must first understand your own approach to emotions. Some parents, for example, are uncomfortable with their child’s negative emotions. If a child feels sad, you might think that if you fix the problem that created the sadness, the sadness will go away. You might be uncomfortable with your own anger because it makes you feel out of control, and in turn you discourage anger in your children.

Step 2: Believe that your child’s negative emotions are an opportunity for closeness and teaching. Reasoning away your child’s emotion with logic rarely works. Parents who try to do this usually end up arguing with their child. Instead, a child’s negative feelings are more likely to go away when children talk about them, label them, and feel understood. When children feel understood by their parents AND TEACHERS, they feel closer to them.

Step 3: Listen with empathy and understanding, then validate your child’s feelings. In the book Between Parent and Child, psychologist Haim Ginott discusses his belief that children need to be understood before they can accept correction. If you want to understand your child, you need to put yourself in his or her shoes. Empathetic listening can help you do this. Empathetic listening is the heart of emotion coaching.

Step 4: Label your child’s emotions. Children often don’t know what they’re feeling. If you label an action – observe aloud that they seem “angry” or “sad” or “disappointed” – you can help your child transform a scary, uncomfortable feeling into something identifiable and normal. Researchers have shown that the simple act of labelling an emotion has a soothing effect on the nervous system, which helps children recover more quickly from an upsetting experience.

Step 5: Set limits while exploring possible solutions to the problem that caused the negative emotion.

Tina will present this structured approach which she has introduced to foster carers as part of the Compass REACH approach and provide participants with opportunities to develop key skills. She will particularly focus on how teachers and support staff in schools can and should make use of emotion coaching in order to foster the development of emotionally intelligent and resilient children and young people. The benefits for us as adults will also be highlighted. This will be a practical workshop in which participants will have opportunities to develop their skills.