Creating an effective and consistent behaviour management system

While completing the unit EDAC314 my group and I had the task of researching the SWPBA. Throughout the project we developed extensive knowledge of the approach, that is currently used in many Australian schools (including my Rural Prac Placement-Sem2, 2013).

What does SWPB look like?

School wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB) is used to helps schools create positive learning environments. Schools learn to plan and implement practices across the whole school to improve educational outcomes for all students.

SWPB Support was a model developed by leading behavioural experts in the United States over 20 years ago and is now internationally recognised and used in most Australian states. Since being introduced in Queensland in 2005 as an example, more than 400 schools develop successful whole school behaviour management systems.

Data shows that when SWPB is implemented, it helps reduce problem behaviour and increase academic performance. Principals have also reported decreases in referrals of students to school administrators.


PBS Model


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