Setting expectations

Posters outlining expected behavioursA key role of the principal and all school staff is to set high expectations for behaviour and learning across the whole-school community and for all students.

It is important that all students are taught what is expected of them and have opportunities to practise expected behaviours.

Having clear expectations for behaviour allows schools to provide consistency in what they teach, what they acknowledge and what they correct in terms of student behaviour.

Typically, schools identify, define and describe 3 to 5 positive, school-wide behaviour expectations for all members of the school community to follow. For example, Be safe, Be respectful, Be responsible.

Students are then explicitly taught the expectations, when and where they should be used and what each expectation looks like and sounds like. Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) schools develop a school-wide system for teaching expectations to all students.

When schools use the PBL framework, problem behaviour is seen as a behavioural error and students are provided with support to learn more appropriate behaviours. Logical consequences for behaviour that contravenes school expectations are applied consistently, but with consideration of individual circumstances. Each school develops a student code of conduct in collaboration with the school community which sets out school policies and procedures for student support and disciplinary actions.​​​​​

Last updated
22 February 2019