Positive Behaviour Support

Our Positive Behaviour Support Policy is founded on the following principles:

  • Social Justice
  • Empathy and Understanding
  • Upholding the Dignity of Every Person
  • Respect for All

Our vision at St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School is to help students by creating supportive learning environments. Our educational community seeks to provide a system that will support students’ efforts to manage their own behaviour and promote academic achievement. An effective behaviour support system is a proactive, positive, skill-building approach to the teaching and learning of successful student behaviour. Positive behaviour support (PBS) systems ensure effective strategies that promote prosocial behaviour and respectful learning environments. Research-based positive behaviour support systems are appropriate for all students, regardless of age.

Catholic Education is founded on the beliefs that each person deserves and needs a positive and inclusive educational community that values diversity and provides a comprehensive system of individual supports from birth to adulthood. A positive behaviour support policy incorporates the modelling and teaching of positive, proactive social behaviours across the school environment.

Our PBS system is a data-based initiative that endeavours to adjust the environment and learning opportunities that support the student. This system is implemented by collaborative, school-based teams using student-centred planning.

School-wide expectations for behaviour are clearly stated, widely promoted, and frequently referenced. Both individual and school-wide learning and behaviour problems are comprehensively assessed. Functional assessment of learning and behaviour challenges is linked to an intervention that focuses on skill building. The effectiveness of the selected intervention is evaluated and reviewed, leading to data-based adjustments. Positive interventions that support adaptive and pro-

social behaviour and build on the strengths of the student lead to an improved learning environment. Students are offered a continuum of methods to help them learn and maintain appropriate behaviour.

At St Brigid’s we aim to provide a positive environment in which each child is respected and their right to learn is encouraged and protected. The strategies to address with inappropriate behaviour are consistent, logical and clear. Expectations and consequences are made familiar to all involved. The support of parents, teacher and children is needed to ensure the development of self-regulating students.

The use of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is systematic, individualised and provides strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviour with all students. PBS is a combination of effective practises to teach and encourage respectful, responsible behaviours and uses data to support decision-making. It assists in creating an individualised and supportive school climate for the staff, students and parents.

Positive Behaviour Support Rationale

The outcomes of PBS are:

  • Increased instructional time
  • Improved staff and student attendance
  • Increased student proficiency
  • Increased parent participation and partnerships
  • Improved community involvement and support

Every classroom teacher will develop expectations for acceptable behaviour for his/her classroom in compliance with PBS behaviour expectations. The expectations will be communicated to the students and parents/guardians through the sharing (use) of our matrix. The teacher will address consequences for minor behaviours. When inappropriate behaviour from a particular student continues to occur or is a major event, intervention by senior staff will be necessary.

PBS is underpinned by the following school expectations:

“We are Learners”

“We are Respectful”

“We are Safe”

These expectations are explicitly described in the school’s PBS Matrix. The matrix is a reference for this document and a pro-active teaching and learning tool for staff and students.