Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a whole-school evidence-based framework for creating a safe and supportive environment used in many Queensland state schools.
A safe and orderly school environment is important to learning. Disruptive classroom behaviour is known to interfere with learning and is a cause of stress and concern for students, teachers and families. PBL can help schools to reduce rates of problem behaviour, increase student engagement and improve academic outcomes. A major aim of PBL is to improve student and staff wellbeing through creation of a positive school culture characterised by respectful relationships and mutual regard.
PBL schools take an instructional approach to behaviour – this means that the rules for how to behave need to be taught to students, in exactly the same way as academics are taught. Teaching expected behaviour combines what we want students to know and do with how we will support them to do it through explicit teaching, practice and reinforcement.
Expected outcomes of PBL implementation
- improved academic outcomes
- reduced rates of problem behaviour across the school
- raised positive public profile of the school
- increased consistency of practices
- improvements of staff and student wellbeing
- increased teaching time
- improved school climate.