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Positive Regard Support

Positive Regard is more than a training and consultancy service. We put the individual needs of children at the heart of everything we do. The holistic services we offer are flexible and shaped completely around the needs of the children and young people. We work with schools and children’s services to bring about an empathetic culture of support through staff training, practice modelling and policy review.

We don’t see challenging children and young people – We recognise signs of stress, trauma and emotional imbalance. We empathise with the root cause of these challenges and use a model of relational practice and positive behaviour support to repair relationships, build trust and decrease the signs of stress in children and young people, thus increasing their focus and engagement in teaching and learning as well as increasing their opportunities to achieve in all aspects of their lives.

Our offer includes wellbeing, mental health, behaviour and SEND services. Each service is tailored towards the specific needs of a school or establishment and a bespoke package is created by our highly skilled Positive Regard Specialists.

Meet the Leeds Team

James Butterwood

James Butterwood

Positive Regard Consultant

As a member of Springwell Learning Communities outreach team James supported Springwell Leeds Academy with their transition into their new buildings. James joined Springwell Leeds Academy shortly after as a member of the Care Team, progressing to Care Team Leader. Now a Positive Regard Consultant based across the Northern Region, supporting a number of SEMH, Generic Special and mainstream schools.

Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner TISUK, First Aid Instructor, First Aid for Mental Health instructor and Advanced Team Teach Tutor.


Simon Jones

Positive Regard Specialist Leader

Assistant Principal for Behaviour, Safety and Wellbeing at Springwell Leeds Academy South. Simon is also an Advanced Team Teach Tutor.

Simon has worked mainly in Inner City Secondary Schools in Yorkshire and London. Spent the majority of my career in SLT developing restorative systems in challenging mainstream schools. This led to my move into specialist provision in order to further my understanding of restorative and relational practice.

James Butterwood

Ryan Hallsworth

Positive Regard Specialist

Ryan is one of the Care Team Leaders at Springwell Leeds Academy South. Ryan is also a Licensed Family Thrive Practitioner and Intermediate Team Teach Tutor.

What can we offer?

Please see our brochure below for the varying types of support and range of training courses and programs we have to offer.

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