The purpose of implementing School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) at Katandra School is to:
• Embed a common language and behavioural expectations for the whole school community.
• To provide a safe and orderly environment to enhance learning.
• To use evidence-based decision making using SWPBS data.
• To provide a common teaching base in the form of a behavioural matrix.
• To embed a culture of positive behaviour (as opposed to punishment) through explicit teaching.
In the past, discipline has focused mainly on reacting to a specific student’s misbehaviour by implementing punishment-based strategies, for example reprimands, loss of privileges, time out or suspensions. However, research has shown that the implementation of punishment, in the absence of positive strategies, is ineffective.
Introducing, modelling, and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step in a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations and rewarding students for following them, is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehaviour to occur before responding.
Katandra School has a culture of three key expectations, these are what we value:
Be Safe - we are committed to the promotion of behaviours and creating environments that ensures the wellbeing of every member of the school community.
Be Responsible - we are committed to supporting each other, for being accountable for our actions and encouraging all to achieve independence.
Be Respectful- we are committed to accepting each other as we are and valuing our strengths and differences.
The Behaviour Expectation Matrix translates Katandra School’s three expectations into expected behaviours. Expected behaviours are explicitly taught in the classrooms and are introduced each week through video modelling. The matrix is referred to and discussed regularly with the students at Katandra School.