The Management of Actual or Potential Aggression for Schools

The Dean Trust has recently been searching for the best solution to address the growing need for more staff across the trust to be trained, and certified in, the management of physical intervention with pupils. More importantly, staff need the skills to decelerate the escalation of potential incidents to the point where physical intervention (restraint) is deemed necessary.

Such training of high quality can be hard to find, and certainly involves an expense.


However, we recently undertook Instructor Training with CPI, accrediting members of our trust to become certified to teach Pivotal MAPA® to our own staff, with the ability to customise the content to meet the needs of our schools and academies at a fraction of the cost.

Pivotal MAPA® (the Management of Actual or Potential Aggression for Schools) provides a new approach to positive handling and physical restraint training. It helps education professionals maximise the effectiveness of restraint and physical handling strategies to ensure the most vulnerable and distressed children are safely and effectively cared for during a crisis.


Such has been the quality of this training, our Teaching School, based at Ashton on Mersey School, has now partnered with CPI, giving MATs and other agencies and organisations the opportunity to engage with further Instructor Training programmes.

We are hosting a 5-Day Pivotal MAPA Instructor Certification programme on Monday 28th January – Friday 1st February 2019.


This is a BILD-accredited and CPD verified course that delivers a national qualification in behaviour management, and certifies you to deliver the programme back to staff in your school, with full, ongoing support from CPI.


It is designed to address today’s classroom realities and helps you and your staff address the national Use of Force Guidance through a unique risk assessment model that strengthens professional decision making, building skills in prevention and de-escalation strategies. These include Pivotal Scripted Interventions, managing behavioural risk using MAPA® disengagements and holding skills, and important Restorative Approaches, which support a positive school culture.


To register your interest, ask for more information or to book onto the event please follow the link  below and CPI will be in touch with you directly to answer any questions you may have and/or organise your place on this event.


Should you require any further information from our Teaching School, please contact Nick Parry at


Pivotal MAPA 2018