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Essential Moving and Handling Skills for Teaching Assistants

For TAs working with any child who may need moving and handling.


This one day course will cover:

1. Back care and good posture.
2. Relevant legislation.
3. Risk assessments.
4. Safety principles.
5. Controversial techniques.
6. Safety aspects of using the hoist.
7. Safety aspects of slings.
8. Safety issues around wheelchairs.

A practical session to include:

1. Walking children and what to do when they fall, as well as children who throw themselves on to the floor.
2. Transfers: from wheelchair to another chair or floor. Toilet transfers: Different techniques.
3. Hoisting on and off changing table to wheelchair and back; hoisting from floor.
4. Understanding the different types of slings.


This course is aimed at teaching assistants and any school staff who work with any child that may need moving and handling throughout the school day. The first part of the session will look at the theory side explained above. Then it is a practical course mainly whereby all participants practice. Each person will demonstrate safe use of mobile hoist by hoisting each other. Practising transfers, walking and getting out of chairs/wheelchairs. People learn by actually doing rather than just listening. So my courses are very interactive. There is a worksheet for each member to refer to.


For all staff who attend to feel more confident with their moving and handling skills. To be able to move children in the safest and most dignified way possible. To feel up to date with any new equipment and different techniques.

Booking Information

This is a hands on practical session, so if any staff wish to be in a class that is same gender, please state. Wear flat closed in shoes/trainer types.

11 Oct 2019 09:30 - 16:00

Closing date: 04/10/2019
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SEN and Integrated Working Training
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Date and Time

11 Oct 2019 09:30 - 16:00


The House (in the car park) Professional Development Centre 229 Bethnal Green Road London E2 6AB


Sam Strudwick
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