Improving learner outcomes

Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
CPD certified for 20 hours of learning
Upskill staff in your school or organisation

About Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

In many classrooms there are learners who can have difficulty with:

Excellent course! Very interesting and useful course. Now I feel more confident working with children with challenging behaviour.


  • self-regulation and impulse control
  • following instructions and participating cooperatively in group activities
  • communication with adults and peers

Learners who have significant difficulties in regulating their behaviour can struggle to access learning and to feel socially included in school life.

Providing SEND CPD since 2008

This training has enabled me to re-focus my behaviour management. Thank you!


Who is the course for?

Our Understanding and Supporting Behaviour course is perfect for those who work with children in schools, such as teachers, teaching assistants, SENCO’s and school leaders. The target age range is compulsory education (4-18 years) but the course may also be useful in early years settings. Our course will also be of benefit to parents of children looking for support with managing behavioural difficulties.

Over 178,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting learners with behavioural difficulties.

Ability to meet the needs of pupils with behavioural difficulties

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident


Pre course
  • 6.2%
  • 48.1%
  • 36.4%
  • 9.3%


Post course
  • 1.2%
  • 36.4%
  • 62.3%

As of April 2019

This course enables schools to review the behaviour for learning policies and practices that they have in place. It also shows how you can make your classroom more inclusive for learners with behavioural difficulties and offers practical assessment ideas and intervention strategies.

See what people say about our courses...

Designed for professionals

Very useful course. I would recommend to other staff (and have already done this). Found the video clips very useful and will use the strategies in this course! Thank you.


Course content

This course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of all those working with children and young people with behavioural difficulties to support inclusive practice.

  • Understanding
    Learn about behaviour, including its definition and influences, understand the impact of relationships and learn the importance of a whole school approach to positive behaviour management and support.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Learn how to assess individual needs arising from behavioural difficulties, explore the definitions of difficult behaviour, identify a variety of influences and understand how individual learning needs can lead to inappropriate behaviour.
  • Interventions
    Outline a range of strategies to help learners with behavioural difficulties and relate them to the needs of the individual to create your own intervention strategy.
  • Case Studies
    We include real examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • explain what makes behaviour challenging for teachers and learners
  • describe the theories about behaviours, and how they’ve shaped education practice
  • reflect on your own thinking and assumptions about behaviour
  • describe the internal and external influences that can place additional pressures on pupils
  • review school learning environments to identify where improvements can be made
  • use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to assess whether pupils’ basic needs are being met
  • utilise an ABC approach to assess the function of behaviour
  • assess the impact of the incentives and sanctions used in your setting
  • create comfortable and interesting learning environments
  • employ strategies that establish ground rules, influence groups and support pupils with additional learning needs
  • draw on a range of scripts and communication strategies to influence positive pupil behaviour
  • set SMART goals and implement strategies to manage and support behaviour
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