School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)
At Newport Lakes PS, we work hard to promote positive behaviour in our community. School-wide positive behaviour support (SWPBS) is a framework that we follow, which brings together a school community to develop positive, safe, and supportive learning cultures. SWPBS assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people.
When SWPBS is implemented well, teachers and students have more time to focus on relationships and classroom instruction. Students and staff benefit from:
• increased respectful and positive behaviour
• increased time focused on instruction
• improved social-emotional wellbeing
• positive and respectful relationships among students and staff
• a predictable learning environment with improved perceptions of safety and increased attendance
Implementation of SWPBS requires commitment by the whole school community. Staff and students use a common language to discuss behaviour. School philosophy emphasises the need to teach appropriate behaviour much like academic learning.
We have a matrix that we use that clearly identifies the expected behaviours of our students, which are carefully correlated with our school values. These behaviours are communicated to students, and teachers work hard to ensure that children understand how these behaviours would look in a school setting (for example, teaching children what it means to be inclusive in the school yard).
We also work hard to celebrate positive choices by our students. For example, each class has a whole-class marble jar. When positive behaviours are noticed, a marble goes in the jar, resulting in a whole class reward when it is filled up. At assemblies each Friday, we love celebrating children’s successes with a ‘Student of the Week’ award for every grade. Additionally, when staff notice exemplary demonstrations of our school values, we may also send a values postcard home.
A school-wide plan is developed to ensure behavioural expectations are taught to all students by all staff. School-wide systems are developed to acknowledge expected behaviour and promote commitment from all members of the school community. We have clearly defined problem behaviours and have identified specific strategies and responses to minor and major behavioural infractions.
We work hard to develop and maintain positive relationships between all members of our school community.
The above information was taken and adapted from https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/swpbs.aspx
Sometimes problems happen where relationships need to be repaired. When problems like this happen, we use Restorative Practices to repair the harm.