Accredited behaviour training

The Management of Challenging Behaviour Level 3

Accredited behaviour training for professionals


The Releasing Potential Institute offers an NCFE Level 3 course in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour’. The four-day accredited behaviour training course is the only training of its kind available to professionals, and leads to a Level 3 qualification for all learners. The training engages with current theories and offers practical strategies to those working with young people in a range of contexts; it aims to allow learners to better manage problem behaviours and develop meaningful interventions in their professional work.

Unlike other courses, our ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour’ Level 3 focuses on professional practice and not government policy. As part of a specialist school for children who have been excluded from mainstream education, we provide course tutors who are experts in frontline delivery to children and young people with severe behavioural difficulties and emotional vulnerabilities. The course is comprised of four teaching areas:

  1. Personal responses to challenging behaviour, managing stress, state, and the environment
  2. Theoretical perspectives on managing challenging behaviour
  3. Choice Theory
  4. Practical strategies for managing challenging behaviour

Formal qualifications are not a requirement for the course, but learners are required to be working with children or young people in their professional role. The qualification is assessed based on a portfolio of evidence from professional practice, including reflective statements, group presentations, in-class activities and practice observations from senior colleagues at work. Portfolios can take between 6 and 18 months to complete after attending the four-day training, but 12 months is the indicative timescale for completion. Full support and guidance in the form of tutorials, web and telephone access to tutors, and work placement opportunities (where necessary) will be given to any candidates undertaking the course. The course is suitable for practitioners from classroom assistant level to senior management, but the following have completed the course in the past:

  • School and College staff
  • Pupil Referral Unit staff
  • Outdoor Centre staff
  • Community Centre staff
  • Youth Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Local Government
  • Foster carers
  • Childhood Studies/ Social Work students
  • Carers

In order to take part in the course and complete the assessment, learners need to be working regularly with young people; they also need the capacity to make detailed reflections on their own practice, and to contribute to discussions and group activities on the course. Assessment can be submitted in a range of media, for example video and audio recordings, but a good basic level of literacy is needed.

Our accredited behaviour training course is usually held at our Chichester school site, but can be delivered off-site on request. The course and qualification includes four days in the classroom, with tutorial support (via web, telephone and in person) and the opportunity for placement work if necessary. The course is subsidised by Releasing Potential Ltd and the cost has been reduced to £600 per candidate inclusive of VAT. This includes all materials, training, formative feedback and registration for the qualification and certificate. For those attending to cascade to a school team, cascading materials will be made available to help you take back learning to your teams.

Our next dates for the course are:

  • Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April 2018 followed by Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018
  • Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June 2018 followed by Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th August 2018

For an informal conversation about the format of the course or candidate suitability please call Dr Catherine Brennan or Dr Alexandra Gray at Releasing Potential on 02392 479762 or email us via


Releasing Potential Institute
Unit 7 Kingscroft Court

Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 4622100


023 9247 9762