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Positive Behaviour for Learning

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is implemented to improve the learning and wellbeing of all students in all school settings.

Positive Behaviour for Learning is a whole school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate in which students can learn and develop. This approach involves the school community working together. Students are empowered to participate in decision-making through active involvement in the school’s leadership of PBL.

All staff are responsible for teaching the behaviour expectations, providing consistent positive feedback to students, and delivering consistent corrective feedback and consequences when expectations are not followed. The entire school, including the classrooms, corridors, canteen, school gates and buses, is considered part of the total learning environment.

Schools implementing PBL organise their systems to establish the social culture, learning and teaching environment and to provide individual behaviour supports to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for all students. While key practices will be similar in every school, each school designs their own approach based on their context, resources and the outcomes that are important to their school and community. Schools only use those practices and strategies that are effective in their local context.

Each school develops a continuum of support that promotes student learning and wellbeing for all students. Importantly, students have access to more support when they need it. The continuum emphasises prevention and early intervention and includes:

  • 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 behaviourally and academically
  • Tier 3 Intensive interventions: systems for students with high-risk behaviour and/or learning needs.

When PBL is implemented well, a safe and supportive learning environment is provided for all students. Students and staff benefit from:

  • increased academic instructional time for students
  • improved social climate of the school
  • increased numbers of students displaying positive behaviours
  • support for students, teachers and families which is matched to their needs
  • systems that support an instructional approach
  • consistent delivery of effective programs and practices that are sustained over time.

Visit Positive Behaviour for Learning to explore the approach in depth.

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