Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the STARS study. If the answer you are looking for is not here please don't hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Who gets to attend the TCM course?

Schools randomised to attend the TCM training (50% of schools) will be asked to send their Year 1 (19/20) and Year 2 (20/21) teachers on the TCM course. 

How long is the TCM course?

The course is run over six days, usually from 9am until 4pm and is held one day a month for six months from November to May.

​Who will I be on the TCM course with?​

You will be on the course with other teachers taking part in the STARS study. We aim to place you onto a course with other teachers from your local area to facilitate peer support groups and reinforce links between schools.

Where are the TCM courses being held?

We will be running TCM courses in Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton. As long as teachers are willing to travel to these areas, schools are eligible to take part. 

​Who will cover the cost of the TCM course?

We cover the cost of the TCM course (£700 per teacher), but we expect schools to cover travel and supply costs.

Will there be a lot of homework from the TCM course?

No, teachers may be asked to read sections of the TCM teachers manual between training days but this should be no more than a few hours reading in a month. Teachers are also given the opportunity to implement some of the techniques and strategies they gain from the TCM course in class between sessions and then feedback on how these worked at the sessions.

How will attending the course benefit teachers?

The course is designed to benefit all teachers at any level and stage of their teaching career, from NQTs to experienced teachers or SENCOs. The aim of the course if to give teachers an "extra tool for their toolbox" in classroom management. It aims to gives strategies and techniques, building upon and honing those skills that teachers already possess and use. We have had a range of teachers with differing levels of teaching experience attend the course and the consensus was that they found it beneficial and relevant, developing strategies they could use in their classrooms immediately.

Has the TCM course been run before?

The TCM course has been run in many countries including the USA, New Zealand, Jamaica, Ireland and Wales.

This course is not just for teachers currently dealing with challenging behaviour, it can potentially benefit any teacher in their classroom management.