Positive Behaviour for Learning - PB4L
PB4L School Wide (Positive Behaviour for Learning)
At Faith City School we aim to “build a safe, supportive, exciting environment within our school community, encouraging positive and respectful relationships that will lead to improved academic achievement and support lifelong learning.”
Faith City School began to introduce PB4L School wide in 2017.
In 2017 new signage was placed around the school displaying the Faith City School Respect Values.
What is PB4L?
The PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning School wide) initiative has been very successful across many schools in New Zealand. It is an evidenced based framework and looks at behaviour and learning from a whole school and individual student and community perspective.
It provides schools with a process for teaching social and behavioural skills and helps to develop and reinforce a positive, proactive and systematic approach based on school data. It takes the approach that opportunities for learning and achievement increase if:
- the school environment is positive and supportive
- expectations are consistently clear
- students are consistently taught expected behaviours
- expected behaviours are consistently acknowledged
- inappropriate behaviours are consistently responded to in a fair and equitable way.
Positive Behaviour for Learning is not a programme but a set of principles that emphasise the positive. ALL staff are active participants in this process. This includes teachers, teacher aides, administration staff, the caretaker and any other staff or members of the community who interact with our students at Faith City School.
All adults on site will seek to acknowledge students who are meeting our behavioural expectations.
The difference PB4L will make
The PB4L initiative takes at least 3-5 years to put in place. Over this time, we will see:
- Children and young people more engaged and achieving at school.
- The behaviour of students improve
- The incidents of problem behaviour decline.
- Parents and whānau will have confidence and strategies to build positive relationships with their children.
- School leaders will monitor and improve approaches to build a positive culture and increase engagement of their students.
- Students will be able to explain why they received recognition for their behaviour. When questioned, students will be able to respond connecting their actions to the school Respect ‘values.’
- A culture of positivity will prevail throughout our school.
What will you see or notice happening at Faith City School?
- All the Behavioural expectations will be taught by staff
This is done at a whole school level (at assemblies) and at the classroom level.
Staff will plan and teach one PB4L lesson per week. This will become the focus school wide for that week. Watch the newsletter to see the latest focus and encourage your child in this area.
- Staff will be continually praising modelled school expectations
- Staff will be talking to/ counselling with students about where they went wrong in their behaviour always referring back to the School Respect values.
- Children will be reminded of the values being taught both in the playground and the classroom.
- Children will be rewarded both individually in class with ‘respect points’ and in their houses (outside) for displaying positive behaviours.
House tokens are given for playground appropriate behaviour and the winning house is rewarded each week with an early morning tea.
Matrix of expected behaviours:
A matrix of expected behaviours in various places was developed during 2017. This matrix explicitly outlines the behavioural expectations and deliberate acts of teaching required to reinforce our school-wide expectations. These will be taught by classroom teachers and reinforced by all staff.
Please click below to view Faith City Schools Behaviour Matrix:
Rewards and Reinforcements:
Acknowledging and rewarding correct and exemplary behaviour is an integral part of PB4L. The following are the school wide recognition systems we have implemented at Faith City School. Students earn Respect points for displaying appropriate behaviours according to the matrix lessons taught. Once they reach a benchmark level they are rewarded accordingly.
Please click below to view Faith City Schools Rewards Chart
Our Faith City teaching staff attended a two-day training course in Restorative Practise during the summer holidays. This will become part of the PB4L behaviour management process.
Restorative Practices focus upon dealing with any behavioural concerns but in a manner that enables respect for each other’s mana.
It is all about relationships at Faith City School and establishing a positive culture of care.
In dealing with any expectations not being met we do things with students NOT to or for.
In a nutshell, teachers are asked to spend the time asking 4 questions?
Who is Affected and how?
Remedy it. (–Each party has their needs addressed.)
Move on. (All in a good state and not bearing any pent-up aggression or grudges.)
Remind children of the school values.
As a School we are just beginning this journey and changes will take time. It is important that we do things correctly and well from the beginning. Different aspects of this programme will be introduced over the next three years.