Positive Behaviour for Learning

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a whole school approach to student wellbeing and behaviour. PBL guides school leadership teams in creating positive learning environments for student learning and wellbeing. Successful implementation of PBL is underpinned by the support and commitment of the whole school community.

PBL is based on a three-tiered continuum of prevention and intervention.

  • Tier 1: Universal prevention - school-wide and classroom systems for all students, staff and settings
  • Tier 2: Targeted interventions - small group systems for students at-risk of behaviour and/or academic difficulties.
  • Tier 3: Intensive interventions - systems for students with high-risk behaviour and/or learning needs.

Students and staff benefit from:

  • reduced problem behaviour
  • increased time focused on instruction
  • improved social-emotional wellbeing
  • positive and respectful relationships among students and staff
  • better support for teachers to teach, model and respond effectively to student needs
  • predictable learning environments where staff and students know what is expected to deliver effective, sustainable practices.

PBL can be implemented in any school setting to support students from pre-school to Year 12.

The PBL framework helps schools identify and implement evidenced-based, whole-school practices to enhance learning outcomes for students. PBL can be used to strengthen existing systems, structures and processes within the school. For example, PBL encourages the use of school-wide data to identify patterns of problem behaviour, monitor student progress, reflect on teaching effectiveness and inform decisions that strengthen the learning environment.

More information

Positive Behaviour for Learning website.

Links to resources

Resources page on the Positive Behaviour for Learning website.

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