School Wide Positive Behaviour

What is School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support?


Definition: School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Framework is a system of tools and strategies for defining, teaching, acknowledging appropriate behaviour, and correcting inappropriate behaviour. It is a framework for creating customized school systems that support student outcomes and academic success. SWPBS is for the whole school, it is preventative, and switches focus from negative behaviours and exchanges, to positive expectations and interactions – leading to the promotion of social proficiency and academic success.



School Wide Approach


Dunolly Primary School has a school wide approach to responding to behaviour management. As a SWPBS school our objective is to provide a consistent, predictable and fair use of consequences for all students. Staff will respond in a way that is:  Calm: Using professional and composed voice tone and volume.  Consistent: Respond the same way to all students who display minor behaviour errors.  Brief: Short and concise response to get back to learning.  Immediate: Respond within a short time after the behaviour error takes place.  Respectful: A private, polite response.  Specific: Tell the student exactly what they are doing incorrectly and state specifically what they should be doing. SPECIFIC PRACTICES & SUPPORT  * Clearly defined behaviour expectations  * Behaviour matrix, behaviour indicators, procedures * System of acknowledging appropriate behaviour * Strategies for acknowledging behaviour – GOTCHA Raffle * System of correcting inappropriate behaviour * Strategies for correcting behaviour * Supports for educators



How We Teach Positive Behaviours at Dunolly Primary School


Introducing, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step in a child’s educational experience. Explicitly teaching our behavioural expectations and acknowledging students for demonstrating them is a key to our success. The teaching of expected behaviours is ongoing so as to achieve and maintain fluency.


Instructional Practices to support SWPBS:

  • Tell – introduce the expected behaviours and discuss why they are important
  • Show – demonstrate and model
  • Practice – role play expected behaviours in relevant contexts
  • Monitor – pre-correct, supervise and provide positive feedback
  • Reteach – practice throughout the day