15 October 2021: 1 pm – 4 pm

Difficult behaviour in the classroom is a barrier to learning.  Lockdown, school closures and blended/remote learning have created more challenges for many learners with SEND.

Viewing difficult behaviours as resulting from unmet sensory needs, Clive argues that identifying the roots of this sensory based behaviour is crucial for successful learning.  He discusses what difficult behaviour is and is not and how what we think of these ‘behaviours’ influences how we manage it.

As expected routines and behaviours in the classroom are re-established, how can we best support our learners?


1 pm Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session

1.05 pm Welcome & introduction – Warm-up session  

1.15 pm Session 1:  What is difficult or challenging behaviour? 

This session will explore what exactly we mean by the term challenging behaviour.  Is how we define such behaviour crucial to how we manage it?

1.45 pm Follow-up: Chat/Breakout Task  

2 pm Session 2:  Creating a positive behaviour culture in the classroom

This session will consider the impact of the environment on learners and how this may reduce or escalate difficult behaviour.  What are the best strategies to identify the sensory causes of difficult behaviour?

2.30 pm Follow-up: Chat/Breakout Task 

2.40 pm  COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course 
3.10 pm Discussion of key points from online learning course 

3.20 pm Session 3:  Practical sensory approaches to support difficult behaviour

In this session,  Clive introduces practical strategies you can use to reduce anxiety; promote calm and reduce the impact of difficult behaviour on successful learning.

3.50 pm Q & A session 

Delegates to put questions in chat so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session.

4pm Plenary, thank you and end of session!

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.



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.



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 lois@hirstwood.com. 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: £50 plus VAT per place

(£60 including VAT)