Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL), previously known in state schools as Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a whole-school approach to creating a safe and supportive environment that has a strong evidence-base and is 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.
Most children start school with the social skills they need for success. They have learned these socially valued behaviours from their parents, families, carers, early childhood learning experiences and their social networks. Children learn behaviours very quickly, but often they also learn "misrules" or behavioural errors.
Common examples of behavioural errors include a student swearing when they get something wrong, raising their voice to get teacher attention, crying to avoid doing work, and fighting, threatening or embarrrasing others in order to get certain things, social attention from their peers, or to be included in games.
PBL schools understand that problem behaviour serves a purpose for their students. The fastest way to turn problem behaviour around is by teaching them acceptable and appropriate ways to get what they need.
Schools should consider PBL if:
- they want to improve academic outcomes
they want to reduce rates of problem behaviour across the school
parents and community want to raise the positive public profile of their school
the school's Responsible behaviour plan for students needs to be updated to ensure that everyone is consistently managing problem behaviour
teachers want to improve the way problem behaviour is being managed
staff want to increase teaching time and the positive feeling tone (climate) of the school and classrooms.