Behaviour Management

Acknowledging Expected Behaviour

In 2011, Allendale Primary School began its journey into Positive Behaviour Support or PBS.

PBS is a school wide framework aimed at improving the academic and behavioural outcomes of all students. PBS works to establish a climate in which appropriate behaviour is the norm. This occurs through the use of proactive strategies and the explicit teaching of behavioural expectations.

Staff members from different areas across the school form our PBS team that analyse data, assess the types of behaviour, the need for change and the effects of the intervention.

Systems are then created within the school that ensure that the interventions are implemented consistently and that the change is sustainable.

In consultation with staff, parents, students and community members, Allendale Primary agreed on four core behavioural expectations that described what positive behaviour should look like in the school.

Our PBS expectations at Allendale Primary School are:

Respect Show respect to self, staff, students and property.
Courtesy Show thoughtfulness and care to everyone in our school.
Honesty Always tell the truth.
Responsibility Take responsibility for your actions, words and behaviours.

The Allendale Primary PBS team used these core behavioural expectations to develop a PBS Matrix that clearly explains what each of these expectations mean in different areas of the school grounds. Teachers then use the PBS Matrix and to teach these concepts to the students.

PBS Matrix

The positive language used in the matrix is embedded into our school culture through teaching and learning programs, morning messages, assemblies and visuals displayed throughout the school.

Allendale Primary School teachers acknowledge positive student behaviour in the classroom and playground by awarding tokens that are collected fortnightly. A draw is conducted at the whole school assembly from this collection and students are acknowledged for their positive behavior in front of the entire school.

If Things Go Wrong…

From time to time students may make poor choices with regards to behaviour and relationships at school. If this does occur, Allendale Primary School staff take a restorative approach to solving the problem that caused the inappropriate behaviour. Relationships are then restored using a series of targeted questions:

When Things Go Wrong:
  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking of at the time?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • Who has been affected by what you have done?
  • In what way have they been affected?
  • What do you think you need to do to make things right?

When Something Happens to You:

  • What did you think when you realized what had happened?
  • What impact has this incident had on you and others?
  • What has been the hardest thing for you?
  • What do you think needs to happen to make things right?


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