Using a whole-school approach to promote positive behaviour across a school is the most effective way to develop a safe and supportive learning environment.
In a whole-school approach, the school community (students, parents and school staff) work together to establish the expectations for behaviour. The expectations are simple, clear and explicit.
Research shows that students are more likely to respond positively when they know what is expected of them and when responses to behaviour are fair and consistent.
In a whole-school approach all students are explicitly taught the expected behaviours. Some students will require additional support to learn the expected behaviour. A few students will require intensive support to assist them to learn appropriate ways of behaving.
An example of an evidence-based whole-school approach is Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) previously known as School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS).