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Positive Behaviour for Learning in practice

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​It is important that all students are taught what is expected of them and have opportunities to practise expected behaviours. A 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. Having clear expectations for behaviour allows schools to provide consistency in what they teach, acknowledge and 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, inappropriate 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.

PBL Demonstration Schools

Each year a small number of schools are selected as PBL Demonstration Schools. Demonstration Schools have shown sustained commitment to implementing PBL with fidelity and have evidence of clear improvements in student outcomes. In 2020, the schools selected as PBL Demonstration Schools are:

  • Inala State School (Metropolitan region)
  • Marsden State School (South East region)
  • Miriam Vale State School (Central Queensland region)
  • Redcliffe Special School (North Coast region)
  • Wallaville State School (North Coast region)

All schools that have been implementing PBL for 12 months or more are eligible to apply for PBL Demonstration School status. Interested schools should contact their PBL regional coordinator and refer to the submission guidelines (PDF, 428KB).

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Last updated 18 June 2020