Guest speaker: Coping with violence and aggression in schools

1st September 2023| Blogs

Effective techniques to cope with violence and aggression in schools

A recent survey from the NASUWT (The Teachers’ Union) found that 89 per cent of respondents said the number of pupils exhibiting physically violent and abusive behaviours has increased in the last 12 months. In addition, 37 per cent reported experiencing violence or physical abuse from pupils in the previous 12 months. Classroom staff reported having furniture thrown at them, being bitten, spat at, headbutted, punched and kicked. And 90 per cent reported receiving verbal abuse, including being sworn at, threatened and targeted with racial or sexual insults.

In this 2-hour webinar, staff from primary and secondary school settings will discover actionable strategies and effective techniques to support staff to de-escalate situations where children and young people are showing aggression and to help them to manage the emotional fall out from experiencing such intense encounters.


How to book your place

‘Coping with violence and aggression in schools’ is worth 5 CPD points to Thrive Licensed Practitioners and is happening on Zoom on Tuesday 23rd January between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. This includes a Q&A.

Secure your place at this event

Not a Thrive Licensed Practitioner? You don’t have to use Thrive to attend this session - everyone is very welcome. Click here to book your place.

Paul Morton


Actionable insights, tips and techniques

After 2 hours, you'll leave Paul Morton’s webinar with:

  • An understanding of what causes children and young people to act with aggression
  • An explanation of the assault cycle, including how long it can take children and young people to fully emerge from this behaviour
  • Awareness of the difference between responding and reacting and strategies to help you in the moment
  • An insight into the aftermath of aggression and the importance of systems to support those involved.


About Paul Morton

Paul was a successful headteacher and executive headteacher for 20 years in mainstream, SEMH and Alternative Provision settings. Originally trained as a primary teacher, he has worked across KS1 to KS4 in a range of settings including schools, secure units and residential establishments. He has extensive experience of supporting young people and staff in environments where dysregulation and aggression often occurred.

After retiring from headship, he now provides Thrive training to schools on de-escalation, behaviour management and the use of physical intervention. He also provides consultancy and mentoring for senior leaders in schools as well as going on multi-day trail walks with his dog and reading all the books he wasn’t able to when working full time.


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