Behaviour Intervention Team

Behaviour Intervention Team (BIT)

The Behaviour Intervention Team is a multi-disciplinary team who meet regularly to provide support to class teams and parents around all aspects of behaviour using Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) principles. Positive Behaviour Support is an approach to behaviour management which focuses on:

  • Trying to understand why a person displays certain behaviours, sometimes challenging, by identifying the functions of  behaviour upon the assessment of the social and physical environment and the broader context in which it occurs
  • Using this understanding of behaviour to develop, implement, and evaluate effectiveness of individualised support strategies which enhance the quality of life outcomes for the individual and their family/friends/carers.
  • Promoting a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach involving all parties who provide support, insight and care for the individual

Students from any cohort can be referred to the Behaviour Intervention Team by any member of staff or parent if input and support  is required. The team uses a variety of methods to support the pupil, class team and families or residential setting including:

  • Observations
  • Formulations (Looking at history and triggers, for example and a way forward)
  • Behaviour data analysis
  • Functional assessment
  • De-brief for young people and staff
  • Training
  • Reflection
  • Exploration and development of behaviour strategies
  • Referrals to other agencies
  • Development and review of Positive Behaviour Plans
  • Guidance and support on the use of Non-Abusive Physical and Psychological Intervention (NAPPI) strategies

In addition there is commitment to train 10 staff within the school as PBS Coaches. Some of these staff are from within the BIT, some also work within the wider multi-disciplinary team. The aim is for all of the PBS coaches within the school to become practice leaders, which is the foundation of developing and embedding PBS culture within our school. PBS coaches are able to guide other staff in applying PBS strategies with the overall goal of improving the quality of our student’s lives. This in turn is seen as the best and most productive way of reducing challenging behaviour in the first instance;  we are equally committed to reducing the necessity for NAPPI Restrictive Physical Interventions (RPI’s) as part of the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN).