As part of the Katandra School’s Behaviour Support Policy, we have adopted the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) endorsed School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) framework, to help build a positive learning environment and positive school culture for our students. As an internationally recognised framework the DET (2013) endorses the “School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support [as] an evidence-based framework for preventing and responding to student behaviour”.
The framework works on the belief that all behaviour is a form of communication. It is a three-tiered framework with strategies that assists the teacher to understand the functions of the behaviour and then respond positively and effectively to the student displaying the behaviour. It is a preventative approach that, when effective, creates a positive social climate through the promotion and reinforcement of expected social behaviours for all students (Bradshaw, Koth, & Leaf, 2009).
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.
Statement of Purpose
At Katandra School we foster success, friendship and belonging by promoting safe, responsible and respectful behaviours.
Teaching Positive Behaviours
Tell – introduce the expected behaviour and why it is important
Show – demonstrate or model the rule
Practice – role play expected behaviour in relevant contexts
Monitor – Pre-correct, Supervise, Provide positive feedback
Reteach – practice throughout the day
Research has shown that SWPBS improves a school’s environment and encourages safe and productive classrooms for students and teachers by:
- reducing disciplinary incidents
- improving interpersonal relationships
- improving attendance rates
- increasing students’ sense of belonging and safety
- supporting improved academic outcome
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.
More information on SWPBS can be found in our SWPBS parent handbook, that is sent home every year; it can also be found in the School Documentation page.