School supports positive behaviour

School supports positive behaviour is a research-based measure from the Tell Them From Me surveys. It is a source of evidence linked to What works best and the School Excellence Framework.

What is it?

Positive behaviour in the classroom is reflected in students' understanding of classroom rules, their engagement in learning activities and in teachers' control of lessons.

The Tell Them From Me surveys ask parents about their impressions of the positive behaviours experienced by their child in typical lessons at school, including the extent to which their child understands classroom rules and is expected to be engaged in learning activities. The results are reported as the average score for school supports positive behaviour.

Why is it important?

Effective behaviour management is necessary to achieve positive and productive classrooms. The social development of students and reduction of behaviours that interfere with learning are both critical aspects of schooling that can be supported through effective classroom management that acknowledges appropriate behaviours and responds to inappropriate ones. Rules carry meaning for all students and help create order and give structure to class lessons.

School improvement links

School Excellence Framework element What works best theme
Effective classroom practice Classroom management

Evidence base

Boostrom, R. (1991). The nature and functions of classroom rules. Curriculum Inquiry, 21(2), 193-216.

Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., Simon, B. S., Salinas, K. C., Jansorn, N. R., & Van Voorhis, F. L. (2002). School, family, and community partnerships: Your handbook for action (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Greenberg, M. T., Weissberg, R. P., O'Brien, M. U., Zins, J. E., Fredericks, L., Resnik, H., & Elias, M. J. (2003). Enhancing school-based prevention and youth development through coordinated social, emotional, and academic learning. American Psychologist, 58(6-7), 466-474.

Lewis, R., Romi, S., Katz, Y. J., & Qui, X. (2008). Students’ reaction to classroom discipline in Australia, Israel, and China. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24(3), 715-724.

Simonsen, B., Fairbanks, S., Briesch, A., Myers, D., & Sugai, G. (2008). Evidence-based practices in classroom management: Considerations for research to practice. Education and Treatment of Children, 31(3), 351-380.

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  • Student engagement and wellbeing
  • Tell Them From Me

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  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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