Essex Steps Training Programmes

Essex Steps is grounded on sound practice based evidence which has been well monitored and evaluated. It is endorsed by Essex County Council.

The programme is designed to provide high quality understanding and training in the management of behaviour and the prevention of behaviour from escalating. It includes ethical restrictive physical intervention (restraint) training.

Essex Steps adopts the following principles:

  • Shared focus on inclusion of all children within their educational settings
  • Shared values and beliefs across communities
  • Shared communication, diversion and de-escalation
  • Shared risk management
  • Shared reparation, reflection and restoration

The Essex Steps programme, delivered through Step On and Step Up courses, is designed to provide high quality understanding and training in the management of challenging behaviour. It includes ethical physical intervention and restrictive physical intervention (restraint) training.

Essex Steps is delivered by practitioners from the Essex Special School Education Trust and quality assured partner practitioners.

Essex Steps courses are available for Essex Mainstream and Special Schools and can be booked via the ESSET website.

Key Details

  • Shared focus on inclusion of all children within their educational settings
  • Shared values and beliefs across communities
  • Shared communication, diversion and de-escalation
  • Shared risk management
  • Shared reparation, reflection and restoration

Stage 1 of the Essex Steps programme:  Step On

This provides the introduction and overview of the approach together with practical interventions that can be adopted within educational settings. It is based on acquiring the knowledge, skills and understanding of de-escalation ‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ a crisis.

The programme includes the following components

  • Think, plan and respond
  • Positive phrasing
  • Disempowering behaviour
  • Logical consequences
  • Supporting, guiding and escorting

All practitioners of the ‘Essex Steps’ approach must receive this level of training and achieve the success criteria as stipulated by course leaders.

The Step On training is available for delivery in your own school setting.  The session can be delivered as a one day course or can be split into two twilight sessions.

Prices start at £800 for up to 24 delegates (£33 per person thereafter).

Please use the enquiry button below to contact the ESSET administration team about booking this training for your school.  If you have a preference as to the date of the training, please specify this in your enquiry.

Stage 2 of the Essex Steps Programme:  Step Up

This builds on successful completion of ‘Step On’ training and thus it is based on audited need within each setting and therefore it is not a generic physical intervention package.

The programme includes the following components

  • De-escalation scripts
  • Consolidation of supporting, guiding and escorting
  • Relevant restrictive physical intervention strategies
  • Planning for physical and restrictive physical intervention strategies
  • Reflect, repair and restore

The Step Up training is available for delivery in your own school setting.  The session is delivered as a half day course.

Prices start at £600 for up to 12 delegates.

Please use the enquiry button below to contact the ESSET administration team about booking this training for your school.  If you have a preference as to the date of the training, please specify this in your enquiry.

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