School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a whole-school framework which provides staff at Ardeer South Primary (ASPS) and students with an approach to promote improved behaviour at our school.
At ASPS Primary School we use the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Framework (SWPBS) to create an environment where our students thrive with their social, emotional and academic learning.
SWPBS is a school-wide approach to help support, define, teach and reinforce positive behaviours of ALL students. The school-wide approach to discipline focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn.
SWPB is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.
Rather than a prescribed program, SWPB provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. SWPB includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. SWPB is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.
The key attributes of SWPBS include preventive activities, data-based decision making, and a problem solving orientation. SWPBS is a technology with four core, defining features:
SWPBS uses a tiered intervention framework which invests in prevention (tier I), identifies and provides targeted supports for individual students at risk for developing challenging behaviour (tier II), and provides individualised and intensive interventions for students with significant support needs (tier III).
We began the foundations of this work in 2022 (clear expectations in classrooms, dojo rewards, clear structures for behaviour management and values education).
The first formal part of this program involves training key staff members. More information about this framework can be found at - https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/behaviour-students/guidance/5-school-wide-positive-behaviour-support-swpbs-framework
Teaching School Wide Expectations
In Term 3 of 2023 following extensive consultation with staff, students and families we created a matrix of expected behaviours that aligns with our values of Learning, Respect, Responsibility and Safety. A copy of the matrix can be found by following the link.
ASthPS SWPB Matrix A3 PRINT with Bleed - Master
We explicitly teach our students the behaviour expectations listed in the matrix, every second week in every class in our school.
We spend a lesson unpacking the behaviour, what it means, where it's applicable and we get the students involved in creating role plays to embed the learning. The whole school focuses on that expectation for the week.
These behaviour expectations are then linked to assembly's student of the week awards.
Our school wide positive behaviour team determines from the data, the best behaviour expectations to focus on for the term and the year.
Acknowledging Appropriate Behaviour - Reward System - Dojo Points
Ardeer South's Rewards System assists staff in teaching students appropriate behaviour. All staff members are able to award students who have been demonstrating our School Values of Respect, Responsibility, Learning and Safety. Student's accumulate points and these points are redeemed at the Dojo Shop twice a term, and each class works towards fun activities such as class movie days, or fish and chip lunches.
A core element of SWPB is that we believe that students who do not follow our behavuiour expectations need further teaching and support, appropriate consequences and teachers and leadership staff to think about what measures we can put into place to prevent behaviour occuring. At ASPS we all follow the Behaviour Management Procedure, which is communicated to parents, students and teachers. See the attached file for a clear version of this procedure.
ASthPS Behaviour Management Plan - Final Draft