Paul Dix training courses


with paul and his team

The home of relational practice

Every project is different, everything we do is bespoke. If you want to choose a package, you can. It will still be bespoke. If you prefer to book step-by-step we can do that too. Paul will talk to you about your objectives and how we can help when you meet for a virtual hot chocolate. He will help you structure the project, advise you on the next steps and select the trainer who is the best fit.

The training team have worked together for many years. They are steeped in relational practice as teachers and leaders. This is the A-Team. The very best behaviour specialists I know. Each with their own style, sharing the same values with incredible experience across all settings. Trauma informed, attachment aware and champions of children.  I am in awe of each one of them.

Paul Dix

Paul Dix

Paul Dix

Behaviour specialist, author, education reformer and advisor. Helping teachers and headteachers across the world with transformational relational behaviour practice.

As a teacher, leader and teacher trainer Paul has been working with the most difficult behaviours in the most challenging contexts for the last 27 years. Miraculously Paul studied at Homerton College Cambridge after countless attempts to sabotage his own education. He is a speaker in high demand engaging huge audiences in practical ways to transform their classrooms, relationships and schools. Paul also works with Leadership Teams to create seismic shifts in culture and behaviour.

Paul fell in love with teaching while working as a Teaching Assistant after leaving school. Teaching both inspired and drew him in due to the creativity, the variety and the cohort after cohort of utterly brilliant children he encountered.

Paul has delivered training and spoken on large stages all over the world, advised the English Department for Education on Teacher Standards, given evidence to the Education Select Committee and carried out extensive work with the Ministry of Justice on Behaviour and Restraint in Youth Custody.

His book When The Adults Change, Everything Changes published in 2017 by Crown House has sold more than 120,000 copies. The follow up After the Adults Change was released last year and has been a best-seller on Amazon.

Paul is  currently writing a new Parenting book for Penguin Random House. He works internationally on Behaviour, Culture and School Reform and Tweets on @PaulDixTweets.

Hannah Hall

Hannah Hall

Trainer and Coach

Hannah is an experienced School Improvement Consultant, Coach & Trainer. She specialises in Behaviour, SEMH & SEND, and works nationally and internationally supporting Schools (early years to FE, & Special/AP settings), Local Authorities & Trusts in reviewing, implementing, and developing cultural change, policy, systems and provision.

Hannah is known for her inspirational & charismatic training, combining her warmth as a person, passion for school improvement, served with a large portion of ‘realness’ and lived experience. As an Adviser and Coach Hannah is a valued and sought- after critical friend and para-professional. Her empathetic approach, delivered with honesty, underpinned with expertise &  knowledge means she has supported many educational settings in whole school change as well as individual progression.

Having been in Education for 20 years, Hannah has worked at Local Authority Consultancy level for the National Strategies, as an Adviser for Achievement For All, as Senior Leader in several secondary schools, and most recently as Acting Principal at an Alternative Provision in the centre of Birmingham. She has ‘walked the walk’ on all she delivers, and has certainly used the many mistakes she has made as learning points in her career!

Hannah is a highly regarded Coach, and works with senior and middle leaders as well as teaching and support staff. As a qualified SENCo Hannah is able to guide and support whole school implementation & change alongside reviews and advice on nuanced and targeted therapeutic provision, monitoring and strategy.

Alongside this Hannah is an Evidence Lead in Education for the EEF & Staffordshire Research School. Her effectiveness in school improvement is driven by research informed systems and strategy. She  advises on, and delivers, the Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Learners and Effective Learning Behaviours programmes

Hannah is an associate of Optimus Education as an Adviser & Verifier for the SEND & Inclusion Award & Leading Parent Partnership Award. She also delivers training & consultancy for AC Education on Attachment, Trauma & therapeutic provision.

Hannah’s school improvement expertise and bespoke support are further enhanced by being an Emotion Coach licensee, Thrive Practitioner, MITA/MPTA licensee, Mental Health First Aider & qualified Life Coach.

Meet Hannah Hall

Helen Day

Helen Day

Trainer and Coach

Helen has been involved in education since 1992 starting her career as a drama teacher in a challenging Secondary school in Sussex. She was sighted as an outstanding practitioner, becoming an AST for Behaviour for Learning. Her experience had seen her working at EBD schools, PRU’s as well as mainstream education. Her last position was as a Vice Principal in charge of Inclusion, where she set up an onsite Pupil Referral Unit, the first of its kind in the area, the model of which has been replicated in other schools. Ofsted highlighted Helen’s work in being instrumental in helping to bring the school out of Special Measures just months after joining the Senior Leadership team.

She was a Principal trainer at Pivotal Education for 11 years. She has enjoyed travelling the country delivering bespoke Behaviour Management courses to Primary, Secondary and F. E colleges. She has been highlighted as an outstanding practitioner by a number of Senior Leadership teams that Helen has worked with to help Senior Leadership Teams write outstanding behaviour policies. She has also been key in developing training for Middle Leaders in schools to help these key players embed consistent behaviour management procedures in their educational establishments. She has spent time looking at schools SIP’s and SEF’s and triangulating these with the Ofsted framework to ensure outstanding practice is happening within schools and colleges.

Helen is also a regular presenter for Teacher Hug Radio with her wellbeing programme – The Work in Progress show.

Helen now runs a Positive Psychology Consultancy where she uses evidenced based techniques to support individuals, departments, and schools to flourish and thrive. She runs a series of successful programmes in leadership development, resilience, and wellbeing.

Outside of work, Helen is just completing her master’s in applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She is a keen hiker, paddle boarder and cyclist. She also loves theatre, playing the piano and is an avid reader.

Meet Helen Day

Darrell Williams

Darrell Williams

Trainer & Coach

Darrell has been a teacher for over 30 years. In that time he has been a Head of department, a Head of year, SENCo, assistant head and a local authority adviser for behaviour. Darrell has spent over 20 years working in London Schools working with some of the most challenging and difficult behaviours. This work has continued for Pivotal in its diversity and includes whole school INSET, working with individual teachers and entire departments in the classroom.

In the last year Darrell has worked with teachers across the UK and as far afield as Kenya, Uganda, Dubai and Brazil. In all of these settings Darrell’s work has been designed around the needs of the organisation, developing consistent approaches and inspiring teachers.

Throughout all the different organisations there is a common theme; the passion, energy and determination of teachers is inspiring time after time.

Darrell is an avid sports follower, his passions are Rugby (having captained east London Rugby Club) and Golf. His aim for the foreseeable future is to continue working with those people that do the most important job in our society today….teachers.

Meet Darrell Williams

Tara Elie

Tara Elie

Trainer and Coach

Tara is passionate about teacher wellbeing and uses the theories of Positive Psychology to inform her work with clients. She is thrilled to have been accepted on the Positive Psychology Masters at the University of East London. Tara is currently lecturing at the University of East London in Education and she is enjoying the renaissance of her company Star Performance which delivers training, confidence coaching and fitness training. Tara appreciates and celebrates the individual, their differing backgrounds, cultures, experiences, perceptions and values. Moreover, it is her genuine excitement about education and wellbeing that stimulates the experience in her sessions.

Tara is a trainer, leader, lecturer and educator. Tara is renowned for her engaging training delivery both face-to-face and virtually. Her performance background alongside her passion for supporting individuals and organsiation to flourish and thrive characterise her delivery style.

Tara has 20 years teaching experience working with a wide range of students from inner city to international private schools. During that time she has led thriving departments as a Head of Department and Head of Faculty. Whilst teaching Tara created programmes to improve boy’s achievement and support successful transitions from primary to secondary school. She has led on Behaviour teams and Teaching and Learning teams. As well as mainstream achievements Tara has worked closely with Pupil Referral Units to develop student centered Behaviour Management Strategies.

Tara uses her diverse experience to drive her empathetic and dynamic training style. She looks at the whole school approach and works with all adults involved in a learner’s educational experience, from support staff to management. Tara is renowned for her engaging INSET. Her performance background and passion for student-centered education characterise her delivery style.

Meet Tara Elie

Graham Chatterley

Graham Chatterley

Trainer and Coach

Graham is a Behaviour specialist, author, and advisor. Helping pupils, teachers and headteachers to better understand challenging behaviour, get to the root of it and respond to it in a sequential way.

As a teacher, leader and teacher trainer, Graham recently became independent and has been working with schools in all sectors of education. Prior to that he helped lead an SEMH specialist team designed at supporting children at risk of exclusion, providing training over 1000 staff in the process.

Graham is a strong advocate for trauma informed, relational and restorative practice and believes that mainstream education can work for all, he favours ethos and culture over quick fix behaviour strategies and believes the adults play a pivotal role in the behaviour of the students.

Teaching behaviour to children is more than just modelling and it’s often after mistakes the best learning takes place. By increasing understanding and empathy, through training teachers about how the child’s experiences have impacted their feelings and how that is what has driven the behaviours, it will hopefully change how those behaviours are perceived.

Not only does this benefit the child in every way, especially learning, but it has a huge and positive effect on staff wellbeing.

Meet Graham Chatterley

Steve Baker

Steve Baker

Trainer and Coach

Steve taught in Sheffield for seventeen years before joining Wakefield LA as their Behaviour and Attendance consultant. He then moved to the National Strategies in a cross-phase role as Regional Adviser for Behaviour, Attendance and SEAL in Yorkshire and the Humber. Since 2011 Steve has been a freelance trainer and consultant.

He has been delivering behaviour training for schools, F.E. Colleges and other organisations since 2003, most recently spending five years as a senior trainer with Pivotal Education.

Steve is known for his passionate, inspiring, and hugely engaging style of presentation. He is equally at home ‘around the table’ with primary and secondary senior leadership teams, supporting them to link the big strategic messages to everyday practice in classrooms and beyond.

He has twenty years experience as a behaviour coach, working in classrooms alongside staff, developing their capacity to lead behaviour effectively. He also enjoys working with classroom-based and other support staff, enabling them to find their voice and role within a positive whole-school approach.

Steve has addressed and chaired an number of behaviour conferences, has made well-received contributions to Local Authority and head teachers’ conferences, and has written on behaviour for a range of organisations including The Times Educational Supplement, Optimus Education, Forum Business and Public Policy Exchange.

Meet Steve Baker

Karl Pupe

Karl Pupe

Trainer and Coach

Karl is a qualified classroom teacher with a decade’s experience across the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors. Specialising in Behaviour Management, he worked as a Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) Coordinator teaching students with severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.

Karl has designed and facilitated rehabilitation classes for Year 8 to 11 students who have been excluded from mainstream education and were at risk of becoming NEETs themselves. He has earned a Level 4 ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management in Further Education.

Karl has worked with a number of organisations including the prestigious National Education Union which is the largest education association in Europe.

The ‘Action Hero Teacher Blog’ was ranked by the influential PR and marketing software company Vuelio as one of the ‘The Top 10 Education blogs’ in the United Kingdom in September 2020.

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