Steps Training (Peterborough Twinning Project)

The offer

Steps Tutor training

The Opportunity Area (OA) is partnering with colleagues in Peterborough to deliver 3-day Steps Tutor Training (Step On) to schools in the city. This project reflects the OA’s commitment to ‘twinning’ with neighbouring areas with similar needs.

Any school or setting within Peterborough is eligible for members of staff to be trained. At least one of the trained members of staff must be either the Head or part of the senior leadership team. Please see the table below (under ‘Registration information’) to work out how many funded training places your school is eligible for, based on number of pupils. The aim is to have at least two Steps Tutor-trained members of staff in as many Peterborough schools as possible. On successful completion of the training, Steps Tutors can, and are expected to, deliver training to their school staff. They will also be equipped with the toolkit to support a whole-school Steps approach.

Steps Tutor Refresher training

The Opportunity Area (OA) recognises that Steps Tutor training certification may have lapsed due to the disruption of Covid-19. To keep Steps-trained tutors’ knowledge and understanding current, the OA is offering fully funded Steps Refresher training for school staff in Peterborough.

The 1-day Refresher training runs from 9:00 a.m., for a 9:30 a.m. prompt start, until 4:30 p.m. Currently the training is delivered live online by Angela Wadham.

Steps tutors should attend Refresher training annually to keep up to date and be able to continue to deliver training within their setting. You must have completed the 3-day Steps Tutor training to access the Refresher.

Registration information

Book your training place via the Booking Bug website, selecting the ‘STEPS’ option. From there, you can choose your preferred training course date. All bookings must be made by July 2022. Spaces are limited so will be offered on a first come first served basis for eligible applications. The number of places is dependent on the size of your school (see the table below):

No. of pupilsNo. of Tutors
Table: Number of funded Steps training places schools are eligible for depending on their number of pupils


Steps is a therapeutic, whole-school approach to positive behaviour management and is already established in many education settings. Training includes theory, analysis tools and planning tools that support whole-school and individual needs. The Steps approach is based on the following shared principles:

  • A focus on analysis to understand the needs of children and young people and how to plan effectively for those needs
  • An understanding of the factors that lead to both internalised and externalised behaviour
  • Emphasis on policy and planning as methods to support school staff
  • Risk management
  • Reparation, reflection and restoration
  • The electronic toolkit is shared and its application discussed and explored in detail

Cambridgeshire Steps has developed a Steps Guide for Parents. This leaflet can support the embedding of Steps by providing a good overview of the approach. Please share it with the parents and carers in your school or setting.

More information and contact:

For more information about Steps visit the Cambridgeshire Steps website. If you have further queries, contact Jacquie Woodcock, Cambridgeshire Steps and Trauma Informed Lead, via

*OA Funded place no longer available

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