9 am Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session
9.05 am Welcome & introduction – Warm-up session
9.15 am Session 1:  What is difficult or challenging behaviour?
In this session you will: 
  • explore the definition of difficult behaviour 
  • understand what difficult behaviour is and is not  – particularly in the context of our own needs 
  • understand the link between unmet sensory needs and difficult behaviour 
  • be aware of how we define difficult behaviour influences how we manage it
9.45 am Follow-up: Chat/Breakout Task
10 am Session 2:  Creating a positive behaviour culture in the classroom
In this session you will: 
  • understand the barriers to learning difficult behaviour creates 
  • discover what we mean by a positive behaviour culture and the key elements of this 
  • be introduced to strategies to identify the sensory causes of difficult behaviour 
  • understand how the classroom environment can reduce or escalate difficult behaviour
10.30 am Follow-up: Chat/Breakout Task
10.40 am  COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course
11.10 am Discussion of key points from online learning course 
11.20 am Session 3: Practical strategies to reduce the impact of difficult behaviour on successful learning
You will be introduced to strategies to: 
  • reduce anxiety, promote calm and develop self-regulation skills 
  • manage expectations of behaviour and increase compliance with expected routines 
  • increase engagement in learning
11.50 am Q & A session 
Delegates to put questions in chat so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session.
12 pm Plenary, thank you and end of session!

Understanding and responding to difficult behaviour: part two

18 March 2022: 9 am – 12 pm
Continuing to develop a proactive behaviour management strategy, Clive outlines a framework to examine difficult behaviour focusing on spitting; non-compliance/refusal; aggression & shouting.

4 February 2022: 9 am – 12 pm


with Clive Smith

Clive examines some of the strategies we can utilise to reduce the barriers to learning that difficult behaviour can cause.  He discusses how you can create a proactive approach to managing difficult behaviour focusing on three main topics: what is difficult behaviour; how to create a positive behaviour culture in your classroom and practical sensory strategies to help reduce the impact of difficult behaviour on an individual’s learning.

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with complex learning needs and/or autism.


  • gaining a better understanding of the link between sensory input/output and behaviour
  • very insightful and some great advice given
  • brilliant thank you
  • that the environment can create sensory overload in ways I would never have thought of!
  • getting to ask questions about specific children and how to deal with their challenging behaviours
  • breaking down the different reactions to the environment



The following resources will be available in your account for one week after the course date: a digital recording of this event, any resources shared/signposted during the session and a transcript of Zoom chat.


Each place costs £60 plus VAT per place (£72 in total).



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you! Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for. Email to We will then create access to this course for your colleagues. A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking.

Important information before you book


The ‘Book now!’ button will take you to a new page where you can book and pay for this course.  Please note: if you are booking for someone else, please create the account using their name and email address.  You will still be able to pay by credit card (even it has a different name/school name on it.)

Cost: £60 plus VAT per place

(£72 including VAT)