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Positive behaviour for learning

What is PBL?


To implement an award system which:

  • Emphasises appropriate student behaviour and actions
  • Recognises achievement and improvement in academic, social and behavioural areas
  • Promotes the development of self-esteem of students within a nurturing school environment
  • Uses a consistent approach that utilises a standard language related to the school's core values.

Positive Behaviour for Learning, known as PBL is an evidence-based whole school system approach that:

  • Addresses the diverse academic and social needs of every student to support them to be successful
  • Supports students in early childhood settings through to senior years of schooling
  • Enables schools to establish  a continuum of supports that are intensified to meet the needs of every student
  • Is team driven, using a problem solving approach (data, systems and practices) that engages students, parents and all school staff
  • Establishes positive social expectations for all in the school community
  • Provides a framework for the school and its community to collectively support the wellbeing of every student.

When implemented well:

  • Students respond positively as they have been taught what is expected of them
  • Staff deliver consistent responses to student learning and behaviour
  • Students feel safe and cared for at school. Their parents, family and community are more involved in their school
  • Unproductive and challenging behaviour can be significantly reduced for most students.


Families are important members of the school's community.

  • When schools and families work together toward a common goal of helping all children and young people to be successful, it is much more likely to happen.
  • Families have valuable insights and information about how their children learn best and what help they need.
  • School personnel can help families support their children and young people at home in learning and developing academic, social-emotional and behavioural skills.
  • PBL schools find various ways to update families on a regular basis about their activities, lessons, projects and celebrations. Schools actively communicate with families so they understand and support the PBL process.
  • Families benefit from learning how to use similar strategies at home for teaching and supporting their children's social and behaviour skills.
  • PBL schools encourage family members to volunteer in their schools and to participate on their PBL leadership teams.

Austral Public School Student Behaviour Guidelines

Student Behaviour

The guidelines for Austral Public School student behaviour can be found by clicking on the document link here.