School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a systems approach for establishing the social, emotional, culture and individualised supports needed for all students and a positive school climate and culture for all school community members. Through a multi-tiered framework, it aims to teach and acknowledge expected behaviour for all students. When problem behaviours occur, it allows for explicit re-teaching of expectations to ensure all students are supported.
The goal of SWPBS at Launching Place Primary School is to create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment that enhances our school culture where we maximise individual academic and social growth. A clear set of behaviour expectations have been developed around our key school expectations - Be A Learner, Be Respectful and Be Safe.
Features of SWPBS:
To ensure that students at Launching Place Primary School receive what they need to be successful, we use the continuum of support which is described below:
Why is it so important to focus on teaching positive social behaviours?
In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehaviour by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions.
Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies is ineffective.
Introducing, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important aspect of 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. The purpose of SWPBS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behaviour is the norm.
Be A Learner
Behaviour Expectation Matrix:
The Behaviour Expectation Matrix translates Launching Place Primary Schools three key expectations into expected behaviours - Be A Learner, Be Respectful and Be Safe. The matrix clarifies what our behaviours should look, sound and feel like. Our expected behaviours are explicitly taught in every classroom and consistently reinforced through out the school. Our matrix’s will be displayed and positioned in many locations around the school and will be referred to and discussed regularly with all students.
Please refer to the whole school matrix of expectations for more information.